That's according to ADI (not to be confused with LDI) founder Bill Owens in his interview with Lew Bryson in the latest issue of Malt Advocate.
Having never had an American malt that I though was worth the money or was better than a quality mid-shelf bourbon or rye, I snickered a little when I read that statement. Any thoughts?A lot of work is being done to identify ways of accelerating the aging process, including the use of small barrels. Our problem with this part of the industry is that all the aging research has been done on corn whiskey. Wait till the new generation of aged malt whiskies hits the marketplace. My opinion is that aged barley whiskey wins every time, i.e. single malt Scotches (p39).
Chuck also has a fine article on American Malt and the challenges it faces in that same issue.