This is after all what gives ‘the water of life’ it’s unique flavour. It is a tradition dating back hundreds of years that Scotch whisky should be aged in barrels only previously used to mature spirits such as cognac, brandy or sherry. But, in what some purists may regard as sacrilege, a change in the industry rules means whisky can now be aged for a period in barrels previously used for other spirits, such as tequila. In a break with tradition the Scotch Whisky Association has relaxed the rules governing production of the drink to allow tequila barrels to be used – as long as the final product does not end up tasting more like the cactus-based Mexican drink than the Scottish one made from distilled…

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