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What Happens to Whiskey Heads and Tails? (The Whiskey Wash)

Photo courtesy The Whiskey Wash

Photo courtesy The Whiskey Wash

“A whiskey that‚Äôs intended to be bottled and consumed relatively young, like American craft whiskey, might benefit from tighter heads and tails cuts to produce a very clean-tasting distillate. A whisky intended for long aging, however, like a Scotch, might benefit from a looser set of cuts, because long oak maturation can transform the heavy, funky flavors in tails into richness, complexity, and a satisfying mouth feel.”

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What Happens to Whiskey Heads and Tails?