Craft Whisky vs. Craftmanship


If you’re well versed in the recent rage in the whiskey world then you’ve probably heard the term “craft whisky.” This is quite an over used term right now. Essentially, craft whisky is used to refer to small batch whiskies created by local distilleries. Examples of these are Hudson Distillery whiskies, Widow Jane Distillery in Brooklyn, NY and Kings County Distillery – one of the oldest distilleries in NYC.

Craft whisky is so huge right now is because it fits right in with the growing culture of DIY and being the master of your own destiny. It allows the distiller to experiment and make her or his own rules. For example, while traditional bourbons are supposed to contain at least 51% corn (most contain about 60% or 70% corn), some craft distilleries create bourbons with as much as 80% corn.  If you ever have a chance, visit your local craft distillery to see how they’re changing history. It’s quite fascinating.

History, however, also brings me to the topic I like to call craftsmanship. The idea behind tradition and the art of perfecting something to carry on for generations to come. This is the realm where the oldest single malt scotches live. The people who carefully learn this art form and live it as a common value system. People who take pride in this expertise. These are traditionalists who have grown with this art form, so they do not always take to the modern art of craft whiskies which thrive on customization and experimentation.

Isn’t this is a great debate? This is a topic of many whisky tastings I’ve held. While I appreciate both disciplines (or lack there of), I am always fascinated at how strongly whisky drinkers feel about this. I will admit that I am partial to craft distilleries. The more I discover and learn from them, the more excited I get. Craft distillers give me hope of taking something I am passionate about (whisky) and one day making it my own.

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Posted February 24, 2014 by hrachna in category The Start of Your Journey

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