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Water, barley, yeast, and energy are the four things needed to make malt whisky. That sounds simple. But the process itself is much more complicated and can be further divided into the following steps: malting, kilning, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, maturing, and bottling.

This is an edited feature provided by SMWS ambassador Hans Offringa from his comprehensive A Field Guide to Whisky: An expert compendium to take your passion and knowledge to the next level which you can purchase by clicking on the link.