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certain style that is emphasized by one or
more of those variables. Whereas I may
prefer an older malted barley spirit that
came out of a mouldy dunnage, you may
prefer a corn-based spirit racked in new
oak for a couple of years.
Most whiskey 'authorities' and distillery tour guides will say that the cask imparts 60 percent or more of the character
of the final product. It's not uncommon
for a seasoned whiskey lover to be able to
tell what type of cask was used if tasting
blind, so I think cask and wood selection
is pretty important. After nosing and
sampling the beer, low wines and newmake spirit at Springbank, I can definitely
say that cask isn't everything-there's a
nose and palate profile that carries straight
through those steps and even survives 10
years of resting in wood in a warehouse.
That's something to think about!
SP: A nice answer! The whole package
makes each whiskey individual, not one
single thing. What do you think about
blended whiskies, or are you just a
single-malt guy?
PM: I'm just going to throw this out
there and let the arguments begin. Most
single malts are blended (vatted) together
from a number of casks at a distillery
before being bottled, or allowed to rest in
a neutral (third- or fourth-fill) barrel
before bottling. A blended whiskey is
basically doing the same thing with
product from more than one distillery
(blended whiskies do not always contain
neutral spirit, but now we're getting a little
complicated on the nomenclature.)
Technically, the only way to avoid
drinking a blended whiskey is to drink
single-cask bottlings.

Personally, I enjoy blends and have
many in my collection. If a master blender
has both access to quality ingredients and
an ability to mix something tasty, just enjoy it. Have you ever refused to eat a tasty
pizza simply because the mushrooms and
cheese didn't come from the same farm?
We have to be careful of this single-cask
or single-malt snobbery that some people
develop over time. If a cask-strength bottling is your preferred drink, then fine,
but don't discourage the art of blending
when it can produce something good.
SP: I totally agree. One of my
favourites is Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Would you recommend people buying
certain whiskies for investment?
PM: Yes and no. I think certain
whiskies will absolutely increase in price
over time. I've seen a couple in my
collection double and triple in value on
the secondary market compared with
what I paid for it. I guess if you've the
knack to buy the right ones at the right
time, then why not make a dollar/pound
(or thousand)? Whiskey speculation is not
my strong point, however. My collection
is an open one, with a small number of
bottles not opened simply because they're
being saved for a special occasion. I don't
like the idea that I shouldn't open a
certain bottle because I'm trying to make
money from it.
SP: I always say that if you leave good
whiskey on the shelf, you have completely
missed the point of whiskey. It only has
meaning when you drink it! What is your
most wonderful whiskey experience so far?
PM: Besides Springbank Whisky
School, it was being chosen to be part of

the tasting group for the Arran White
Stag second release just last year. The
distillery managed to get the three
single-cask samples to me in Canada-no
small feat, considering Canada's tight
liquor importation rules! -and actually
used some of my tasting notes for the
official release. The race was on for my
wife and me to get to Lochranza to get my
bottle before the airlines stopped direct
flights from Canada. We managed to get
to the distillery at same time my bottle
was hand-delivered from the packaging
plant in Glasgow. They presented me with
Bottle No. 1 in James McTaggart's tasting
room. Amazing experience.
SP: That's a great story worth retelling
over a dram! Any advice you can give us
regarding whiskey?
PM: Our olfactory system processes
much of what we taste, yet I see most
people at a warehouse tasting take a quick
sniff before tossing the liquid down. If you
truly want to appreciate whiskey, take the
time to nose it. Even after you take your
first sip, sniff it again. Experience all the
liquid has to offer. If you just want to get
drunk, do vodka shots.
SP: Can you pair whiskey with food,
and if yes, what's your best pairing?
PM: When it comes to pairing whiskey
with food, the sky's the limit. It comes
down to personal preference. One of my
favourites is pan-seared scallops (in butter
with just salt and pepper) served with a
Redbreast 12-Year-Old. Always a hit.
SP: I'll have to try that! Finally, what's
your favourite whiskey quote?
PM: "Life's too short to drink bad
whiskey." n



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK August 2017

Cover
On Dentaltown.com
Editorial with Mike Gow
Meet the Team
Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
Endodontic Reboot: Part One
Classified Listings
Brand Advertising
A United Voice
Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
Additive Dentistry
Zero Moment of Truth
Through the Keyhole
Message Boards: Re-treats question
Due Diligence—A Vendor's Perspective
Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
Adding Value to the Patient Experience
Lifestyle
Poll: General Dentistry
CE Update
Students Section
Wishlist
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - On Dentaltown.com
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Editorial with Mike Gow
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Meet the Team
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Endodontic Reboot: Part One
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Classified Listings
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Brand Advertising
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - A United Voice
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Adding Value to the Patient Experience
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