.... anyone for a caramel ?
Peter from Hungary e-mailed to ask about caramel (E150a) in his Ardbeg ...
Dear Ralfy,I have seen your videos on youtube, and checked your website, and the told me that you must be a wise man in single malts. Could you help me in a few questions? I would like to know if Ardbeg does use any caramel in his malts? The 10 years old is very light coloured, so is hope it does not contain any colouring. The other one is Higland Park. I have an old bottling of a 12 years old, and i've found caramel in it. If i'm rigth, the bottlings does not contain this material, not even in the 12, is this right?Thanks in advance, and best regards,Peter from Hungary
.... hello Peter, Colouring (E150a) and chill-filtration are both regularly used to make Malt whisky 'look nice' for the drinker. Although fine for cheaper blends, Malt drinkers get annoyed because Malts are all about nose & taste only ........ and only those Producers who state NO Caramel and NO chill-filtration on the bottle label can be relied on (e.g. Springbank, Bruichladdich and most Independant Bottlers) Ardbeg has very little caramel, old Highland Parks, lots !, .... new Highland Parks, less ! ...... happy draming Peter, .... ralfy(.com)
Thanks for your fast answer :) Sure, you can use my words in your blog. I was suprised on Ardbeg (because it has not signed, that it uses caramel, and it is very pale - if they use colouring, why don't they use more to get it darker?). Are you sure there is caramel in Ardbeg? Of course, i would like it without caramel. I've got an e-mail from Higland Park, and they said, there is no caramel in the new bottlings. So who can i trust now? :)
By the way, could you tell me distilleries, who definetely don't use caramel? (i know about Bruichladdich, Arran, BenRiach, and maybe Glenfarclas).
Thanks a lot,Peter.
.... hello Peter, ....It's a sensitive subject with the Whisky Industry !!
check out http://inebrio.com/
My list of 'natural' whiskys include Springbank Bruichladdich Benriach Benromach Kilchoman Glenfarclas & Bladnoch. + most Independant bottlers too !!!
& if it does NOT say on the Bottle labels NO E150a and NO Chill-filtering, I assume (quite rightly) that there is, or they are leaving their options open ......... .
I have some replies from a few distilleries about caramel:
I have two e-mails from Ardbeg and Benromach about colouring. Here they are, if anyone is interested in this:
... thanks Peter, .... I would like to Blog these replies at 'whiskystuff' soon, if thats OK with you. .... ralfy(.com)
Sure, that was my idea too. Maybe it can help other people as well.
.. 'cos every little helps the Whisky-fan, and a big thanks to Peter in Hungary for his Detective work.