Is it possible to tell the difference between one brand of Scotch Whisky and another by smell alone?

Yes. it is possible to differentiate between different well-known established brands of Scotch Whisky by smell alone if one is sufficiently expert and experienced. The blenders employed by the blending and bottling firms, who blend the different whiskies which go to make the customary brands. are guided by smell alone in producing a uniform product over the years. At the most they moisten their hands with a little of the spirit. Usually it is enough to smell the whisky in a glass. For the drinker who is not a professional blender. the only thing is to go on experimenting u til practice makes perfect.

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