Regardless of a distillery’s size, every drop of whisky that emerges has gone through the same basic processes: cooking the grain, fermenting with yeast, distilling, and maturing in barrels. But these steps can look very different at the world’s largest whisky distilleries. Here, you’re unlikely to encounter the quaint aesthetics of a craft producer, like hand-raked malting floors, weathered wooden mash tubs, or a tail-wagging resident canine. Yet despite their lack of romance, large-scale distilleries create some of the best whiskies in the world—and most of the whisky in the world.
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