A lot of emphasis is put on the color of whiskey. It tells you what to expect flavor-wise, but it can also be a deceptive taste indicator.
A dark whiskey is associated with rich and luscious aromas and flavors, with plenty of maturity to boot. Moreover, a light whiskey is often dismissed as young and immature, probably lacking a certain complexity. We’re here to tell you that’s just plain wrong.
Yes, there are general guidelines when it comes to the color of whiskey. For example, most of the time the darker the whiskey, the older it is. A deeper color also suggests a more intense tasting experience, which in a lot of cases is correct. You wouldn’t be completely wrong to abide by these. But as always, there are exceptions to the rules. A lot of ‘em, actually.
It is important to understand how a whiskey gets its color. Remember, the spirit flowing from the stills is clear. It has no color whatsoever. It isn’t until after maturing in oak casks that the whiskey transforms in the golden hued liquid that we know and love. Here’s all you need to know about how to judge the color of your whiskey.
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