Cask selection is critical for creating great whisky says Richard Paterson

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Richard Paterson

Whyte & Mackay ambassador Richard Paterson has said that pairing the right whisky with the correct cask is the secret to making a great product.

The Master Blender told Whisky.Scotsman that a key element to his success was the work undertaken to select the “ideal” cask.

He is quoted as saying: “Whisky is a living product but it must be nurtured and respected.

“To ensure its unique quality it must be given the right casks meticulously selected.

“I have been in the privileged position to have whiskies like Dalmore 64-years-old which I have taken care of over a period of almost 20 years.

“If I had not selected the ideal casks I would not have released this rare golden nugget into the market place.”

He added: “It’s all about finding the right wood with the right whisky.

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