Double and Triple Distilled: Is there much difference?

By Craig Ellis
Author Bio: Craig's love for all things whiskey began when he visited his first distillery, Talisker in 2006. During his free time, he likes to visit distilleries around the globe, planning his travel around these locations. Craig created The Pot Still in 2016 when he first started to collect rare and unusual whiskeys. His whiskey collection has grown and grown since. Craig writes and reviews independently and is not commissioned by any brand or distillery. Craig's views and opinions are his own.
Double and Triple Distilled: Is there much difference?

Distillation is a process of purifying the alcohol content in whiskey by heating the liquid and then condensing the vapour back into liquid form. Double distillation involves the process of distilling the liquid twice, while triple distillation involves the process of distilling it three times.

The number of times whiskey is distilled is just one factor that can influence its flavour profile, and whether triple distilled whiskey is "better" than double distilled whiskey is subjective and can depend on personal taste.


However, there are some general differences that can be observed between triple distilled and double distilled whiskey. Triple distilled whiskey tends to be smoother and more refined, with a lighter body and a more delicate flavour profile. This is because triple distillation removes more impurities and congeners (chemical compounds that contribute to flavour) than double distillation, resulting in a cleaner and more neutral spirit.

On the other hand, double distilled whiskey tends to be fuller-bodied and more robust in flavour, with more character and complexity. This is because double distillation preserves more of the original flavours and aromas from the raw materials used in the whiskey-making process.

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It's worth noting that the quality of the raw materials, the aging process, and the skill of the distiller can also have a significant impact on the flavour of the whiskey, regardless of how many times it has been distilled. Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you prefer triple distilled or double distilled whiskey is to try both and see which one you enjoy more.

Triple distilled whiskey is generally considered to be of higher quality than double distilled whiskey, and is often associated with Irish whiskey. However, double distilled whiskey can also be of high quality and is associated with many other types of whiskey, including Scotch, bourbon, and rye. Ultimately, the choice between double and triple distilled whiskey comes down to personal preference and the specific characteristics of the whiskey being produced.

Tags: Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky, Whiskey Making

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