Malt v Grain Whisky. Q & A with our whisky distiller
Q: What is the difference between malt whisky and grain whisky?
Malt whisky is made exclusively from malted barley, while grain whisky is made from any cereal grain like corn, wheat, rye, and barley or most often a mix of those grains.
Q: Is there a difference in the distillation process between malt whisky and grain whisky?
Traditionally, yes but not at Nonesuch. Worldwide almost all malt whisky is distilled in pot stills, while grain whisky is typically distilled in column stills. At Nonesuch, however, both our malt whisky and grain whisky are distilled in a copper pot still. We do this because pot stills create more of the desirable compounds that add flavor and aroma to the spirit.
Q: Which type of whisky should I choose?
It really comes down to personal taste. If you prefer rich, bold flavors, go for the malt whisky. If you prefer a lighter, slightly sweeter taste, try our grain whisky.
Both have an abundance of flavor and aroma, as well as the richness, texture, and lingering finish that characterise a quality whisky.
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