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Whiskey Science: Scotch Whisky Age Statements – Do They Matter?

Photo courtesy The Whiskey Wash

Photo courtesy The Whiskey Wash

“The option of omitting an age statement has been proposed and extolled in various quarters and is becoming increasingly popular. It does occur to me, though, that if the motivation for dropping the age statement is because aged stocks are being depleted more rapidly than they are replaced, then it seems logical that the overall age of a blend will steadily decline over successive bottlings. So there is a risk that the sensory attributes of a whisky with NAS will change.

To me the question comes down to the consideration of two points: the ability of a distiller to consistently produce good, if not excellent whiskey; and the sensitivity of the consumer to the presence or absence of the age statement on the bottle. If it becomes clear that consumers react negatively to NAS, presumably that will lead to some distillers using the age statement to make a quality claim. Time will tell.”

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Whiskey Science: Scotch Whisky Age Statements – Do They Matter?