Now, four, not ten-year-old malt whisky comes of age

April 19th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.19 (ANI): Traditionalists may not like it, but distilleries are bringing out a new range of youthful malts in a bid to attract a younger generation of drinkers.

Advances in the technology used to make whisky mean that the world-famous water of life can be matured faster and sold earlier, reports The Scotsman.

Though the consensus among experts until recently was that malts matured for less than 10 years were not of high enough quality, some distilleries are now bringing out products as young as four years.

The Ardbeg Distillery on Islay has already sold thousands of bottles from its range of Very Young (six years) at 28 pounds, Still Young (eight) at 29.99 pounds and Almost There (nine) at 29.99 pounds, with names deliberately targeted at a younger audience. But some distilleries and independent bottlers, such as Glen Garioch, are bringing out versions for less than 20 pounds.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the country’s leading authority on malts, has been so impressed by some of the new products that it is considering a special tasting for members.

Marketing manager Kai Ivalo said: “Various distilleries have been doing this with great success. There’s clearly an interest in young whiskies because they have this real vibrancy.”

One of the reasons for the new breed of young whiskies is the distilleries brought out of mothballs by new management in the late 1990s has been the increase in global demand for malt whisky. (ANI)

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