Do whiskey specialists see high-quality whiskeys only by smell and taste?
Whiskey, called “aqua vitae” in Latin, is a favorite alcohol around the world, some of which are affordable and some are expensive. About such whiskey, a movie is posted on YouTube that judges what price is higher, just by the appearance, scent, and taste of whiskey specialists.
Heather Green , a whiskey expert, appeared.
Mr. Green drinks A and B whiskeys, and asks them to try a rating check of “Which is more expensive, A or B?”
Whiskey is transferred to a decanter so that it cannot be judged from the bottle, and is carried to Mr. Green. The first problem is
As soon as she was brought, “Fantastic!” Says Mr. Green, who is raising his tension. “I don't know the color difference over the decanter,” Green commented.
First, check the appearance. A's Scotch commented, “You have a nice gold look.”
Next is scent check.
Green says, “I affirm, but it ’s a very nice whiskey.” It seems to have an orange flower and a light vanilla scent.
According to Mr. Green, this whiskey is 'single malt whiskey' characterized by using 100% of malt, but in this case 'single' means 'made in a single distillery' Green says.
Next, check B's whiskey.
There is no difference in appearance between A and B whiskeys.
Regarding the appearance of whiskey, “The timber timber and age of aging may affect the color, but the color is not determined by it alone. Inexpensive whiskey uses caramel color to give it an appearance of aging. Sometimes, 'Green said.
Green sniffs the scent of B ...
As soon as I smell it, I affirmed that this is blended whiskey.
The reason is that it smells slightly smoke and peat. Breaded whiskey is basically made by mixing single malt scotch from multiple distilleries at the time of manufacture, but B's whiskey uses whiskey that has a slight scent of smoke and peat in one of them. See through.
Finally to actually drink.
As soon as I drank A whiskey, Mr. Green praised it as “great”. In addition to the scent of orange and butterscotch, it is easy to drink while insisting on strong alcohol, and the remaining flavor is also wonderful.
On the other hand, Green, who drank B, said, “Oh… this is a little different”, and the tension is low.
“The taste of B is thin and does not stay long in the mouth. If you do n’t want to feel the whiskey taste before dinner, or if you like whiskey for breakfast like me,” That.
The whiskey that Mr. Green thought was expensive was A.
Looking at the results, A was 165 dollars (about 18,000 yen) per 750ml, B was 37 dollars (about 4100 yen).
Mr. Green is pleased with the correct answer
“A was a stunning single malt whiskey, but B was a blended whiskey.”
Next is a challenge to
According to Green's commentary, the characteristic of American rye whiskey is that the strong scent of an oak barrel that flows into the nose is a strong point.
First, check the scent. Mr. Green, who sniffed A's ry whiskey, said, “Good news, everyone”. The scent of A's rye whiskey is highly acclaimed as 'a complex and mellow herb scent and a wonderful scent.'
Green then poured B's Rye whiskey into the glass and compared the appearance of A and B's Rai whiskey. There is also a difference in appearance between A and B, and B on the left hand side has a stronger caramel color. B's Rye whiskey is also highly rated as “It looks like a long-ripened whiskey”.
Mr. Green, who sniffed B's rai whiskey, said, “I feel the scent of herbs and white pepper. It is because of the scent aged in the tar. Compared to the scent of B, A's ry whiskey is I think it ’s quite young. ”
Green commented that the scent of rye whiskey is the same for both scents. A has the scent of “Korai rai” and B has a rich scent. ” To comment.
Next is tasting time. Mr. Green takes a sip of A's rye whiskey and says, “The taste of the raw cereal is still good.” While some of the rye whiskeys with the fragrance of Taru impairs the taste of the ingredients, A's rye whiskey seems to be a rye whiskey that balances the taste of the tal and the taste of the ingredients.
Next to B. Green gives up B's color again before drinking B's Rye whiskey. According to Green, “The dark shades indicate that it has matured for a long time. Aged for a long time is a high-quality rye whiskey.”
Mr. Green, who drunk B's Rye whiskey, praises, “It's a pretty strong taste.
Of course B is the answer Green chose.
Looking at the price, A was $ 40 per 750ml (about 4400 yen), but B was $ 400 (about 44,000 yen), the price was 10 times different.
Mr. Green expressed his joy that he answered correctly, “A is good if you think about the price, and this is enough for me if you drink,” A rai whiskey gave up.
“Irish whiskey is often distilled three times and you can enjoy a refined taste and aroma,” says Green. Green started pouring A's Irish whiskey into the glass and checking the appearance. A is a beautiful golden color, and it seems that the age of aging has not passed.
Mr. Green, who smelled the scent of A, commented, “It has a rich vanilla scent and a spring lily of the valley. It seems to be aged with two kinds of wood tar.”
Next to B. There seems to be almost no difference in appearance between A and B, but there is not much difference in fragrance, 'It may be made in the same distillery.' However, Mr. Green said that the scent of B is “not so fragrant”.
Next is tasting time. Mr. Green, who drank A's Irish whiskey, said, “It tastes like a mixture of sugar and honey with a floral scent.” A's Irish whiskey seems to be pretty sweet. Mr. Green uses several expressions with the meaning of “derived from heaven” such as “
Next, I will taste B. Mr. Green commented before the tasting, 'A wants to drink a little cheaper because A was too delicious.' It seems that A has already decided that it is expensive. When I drink it, “It's not worse than expected. It tastes like A, but it ’s not complicated,” says a strict comment.
Of course Green chooses A.
Before seeing the price, Mr. Green praised A's splendor, saying, “If A is cheaper, I will buy it in a case! .
As for the price to be worried about, A is $ 104 (about 11,000 yen) for 750ml, and B is $ 35 (about 3900 yen). Green is the correct answer.
“If you are looking for great Irish whiskey, we recommend whiskey made with a pot still.”
As soon as Green saw the bourbon whiskey that was being carried, “A is a darker color. That means A is more mature”.
According to Green, Bourbon whiskey is a whiskey that should be called the soul of America. “Bourbon whiskey must have a corn content of at least 51%,” says Green.
Start with the scent. Bourbon whiskey of A seems to be 'a complex scent that first feels citrus scents such as orange peel and citrus, and scents of cedarwood and pine, and tropical scents such as pineapples.'
Mr. Green commented at the moment he sniffed B, 'It's completely different from A.' B says, “You can feel the scent of roses and carnations,” Green says.
Next is a taste check. A's bourbon whiskey seems to have a caramel or butterscotch scent from the stage of bringing the glass close to the mouth. Mr. Green guesses that it tastes like a candied orange when it is drunk and probably has been aged for about nine years.
On the other hand, B tastes like a blown marshmallow, has a flavor that stays in the mouth for a long time, and has become a classic bourbon whiskey.
Although it seemed that he was less confident than the previous problem, Mr. Green judged that A's whiskey was expensive.
Looking at the results, A's bourbon whiskey was 750ml for $ 100 (about 11,000 yen), B was $ 38 (4200 yen), and it was correct again.
The last problem was Japanese whiskey.
Green started with an introduction to Japanese whiskey, saying, “Many people are surprised, but Japan has been producing whiskey for almost 100 years.”
“What makes Japanese whiskey different from others is its commitment to manufacturing. In Japan, we continue to improve the manufacturing process, such as how to handle distillers and raw materials, until good results are obtained. “If it stays the same as it is 10 years later, it will be a failure,” he told me.
First, check the appearance. A's whiskey is quite pale.
The scent is “not very strong, but the scent of lemon is characteristic”. Japanese whiskey makers, especially those from
On the other hand, B's whiskey is a darker color. It seems that the scent is strong enough to feel the scent before approaching the face.
Mr. Green, who smelled the scent of B, exclaimed “Lovely”. “The honey has a slight scent of vanilla and sugar. It is a wonderful scent.”
Next is the tasting time. A's whiskey says that it tastes like a scotch whiskey that is easy to drink, has a young age, has a weak fragrance but has a creamy texture. The feature of Japanese whiskey is that the taste changes in two stages in the mouth, and it seems that A's whiskey feels it.
Mr. Green, who took a bite of B, laughed out, “It ’s wonderful”. “It's like an orchard, but after swallowing, I feel the strong alcohol claim in my throat. Thanks to years of maturity, it tastes like wood
Mr. Green, who judged that B is a whiskey with a long age, and is therefore expensive, chose B.
As a result, A was 45 dollars (about 5000 yen) per 750 ml, and B was 200 dollars (about 22,000 yen). “B was pretty expensive,” Green said.
“B's whiskey is great compared to the world's whiskey and is definitely worth $ 200.”
Mr. Green, who answered all the questions correctly, concluded, “I talked a lot about fragrance, mouthfeel and age, but I don't have a mistake in feeling that I love this whiskey.”