Still Spirits Whiskey Craft Flavour Note Profile Flavouring Essence Recipes

Still Spirits Whiskey Flavour Note Profile Kit Recipies

It is always interesting to research the histories behind different alcoholic drinks. It seems that each early culture found something in their region to ferment into alcohol. Rum evolved in area’s where sugar cane was grown; wines from grape growing regions which then spawned brandies and whiskies and lastly, beer developed in grain growing regions.

Many years ago it was discovered that if the grains used to make gruel were left to soak in hot water then this mixture seemed to magically turn into a sweet mixture. If this sweet mixture was left at room temperature for a week or two then it changed in nature and gave a warm glow and euphoric feeling to anyone who drank it. It was further found that if this drink was then heated and the vapour collected then that drink became much stronger and much less was needed to give the same effect to the imbiber. Whiskey no doubt evolved in a similar manner.

Exactly where whiskey originated is still a matter of debate but in each region where the drink was established, it had its own subtle differences which were largely a result of the environment. For instance, in Scotland the grains were kiln dried using peat which was the common form of fuel for general heat. This gave the grains a very distinctive flavour which was carried over into the final spirit and created the smokey peaty flavour that has become synonymous with Whiskey from Scotland. Other flavours found in Scottish whiskey are sherry from sherry barrels used in the aging process and at times port from the port pipes used in the aging process. All of these elements and others contribute to the complexity and intrigue of Scottish Whiskey. Each different region of Scotland that produces whiskey has over time developed their own distinctive and subtle variations on these flavours.

Highland Whiskies are produced in the northern part of the country and are typically smooth with a peaty character often with a strong sherry taste. Lowland Whiskies are produced in the south of the country and are much lighter in flavour, mellow and even
sweet in taste. Island or Islay Whiskies as the name would suggest are produced on the outer islands of Scotland. They are typically very dry and intense with strong, almost pungent peat flavours. Irish Whiskey developed without access to peat for firing the kilns and as a result has evolved in a different manner. The predominant flavours found in Irish Whiskey are vanilla and sherry with an absence of peat flavour. They are very smooth and easy to drink.

Bourbon/Tennessee Whiskey are a somewhat newer addition to the whiskey family. They evolved as the new territories of the Americas became inhabited. The abundance of different cereal grains like corn and maize and the lack of peat and cold climates created a distinctive style that became known more as bourbon. Although Bourbon is outside the scope of this Whiskey Profile Kit, we have included a basic recipe for your interest. This kit set will allow you to formulate your own favourite tipple by following the below recipes or experimenting yourself to create your own personal recipe.

    Generic Recipes

    Lowland Whiskey

    Whiskey Profile “C” 5.6ml
    Sweet Vanillin 1.8ml
    Peat Smoke 2.1ml
    Fruity Esters 3.8ml
    Distillers Caramel 0.7ml
    Glycerine 12.0ml 

    Highland Whiskey

    Whiskey Profile “B” 5.6ml
    Sweet Vanillin 2.3ml
    Peat Smoke 9.5ml
    Astringent Notes 3.0ml
    Distillers Caramel 0.7ml
    Glycerine 9.0ml

    Irish Whiskey

    Whiskey Profile “A” 5.6ml
    Oak Cask 3.8ml
    Sweet Vanillin 3.3ml
    Distillers Caramel 0.7ml
    Glycerine 15.0ml

    Kentucky Bourbon

    Whiskey Profile “B” 5.6ml
    Oak Cask 2.3ml
    Sweet Vanillin 4.5ml
    Astringent Notes 1.5ml
    Whiskey Profile “D” 3.8ml
    Distillers Caramel 0.9ml
    Glycerine 15.0ml

    Proprietary Styles

    The following whiskies are recipes to copy commercially available brands. They are not an identical match. The measurements are in milliliters (mls) and are designed to make 750mL of spirit.

    Glenfiddich Style

    Whiskey Profile “C” 6.1ml
    Whiskey Profile “B” 1.9ml
    Oak Cask 1.4ml
    Peat Smoke 2.6ml
    Distillers Caramel 1.2ml
    Glycerine 9.0ml

    Teachers Style

    Whiskey Profile “C” 5.5ml
    Sweet Vanillin 0.8ml
    Peat Smoke 2.0ml
    Carob Notes 14.7ml
    Distillers Caramel 1.0ml
    Glycerine 9.0ml

    Jamesons Style

    Whiskey Profile “C” 4.4ml
    Whiskey Profile “A” 0.8ml
    Oak Cask 0.8ml
    Distillers Caramel 1.0ml
    Glycerine 12.0ml

    Tullamore Dew Style

    Whiskey Profile “C” 4.4ml
    Whiskey Profile “A” 0.8ml
    Oak Cask 0.8ml
    Cedar Oak 0.9ml
    Distillers Caramel 1.0ml
    Glycerine 15.0ml


    Laphroaig Style

    Whiskey Profile “B” 5.7ml
    Oak Cask 2.5ml
    Peat Smoke 13ml
    Astringent Notes 0.3ml
    Distillers Caramel 0.7ml
    Glycerine 12.0ml


    Johnny Walker Black Style

    Whiskey Profile “B” 13.3ml
    Oak Cask 1.6ml
    Cereal Notes 0.9ml
    Distillers Caramel 1.0ml
    Glycerine 9.0ml

    Johnny Walker Red Style
    Whiskey Profile “B” 13.3ml
    Oak Cask 1.6ml
    Peat Smoke 0.3ml
    Cereal Notes 0.9ml
    Distillers Caramel 0.7ml
    Glycerine 4.5ml