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Sulphur - good, bad or non-issue?

 
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Do you like sulphur notes in whisky?
I have never detected sulphur notes in whisky.
24%
 24%  [ 36 ]
I have detected sulphur and I don't mind it/enjoy it.
3%
 3%  [ 5 ]
I regard sulphur as a taint and it spoils my enjoyment.
72%
 72%  [ 109 ]
Total Votes : 150

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:07 pm    Post subject: Sulphur - good, bad or non-issue? Reply with quote

With Albo's topic about sulphur raising some discussion on the Single Malt Whisky forum I thought we should establish just whether this is a big issue or not.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, a lot of sulphur in a single malt dram turns me off the dram as well as leaving a foul aftertaste. A transient hint of sulfur doesn'tt really bother me and may add a layer of complexity. Actually, I haven't really encountered very many sulfur infused single malts.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've voted against sulphur. Y'all may be shocked, but it's true
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sulphur most definitely spoils my enjoyment but i believe some are more sensitive to it than others.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't say I've ever detected sulphur in whisky. Maybe it's not really an issue with distillery bottlings, since I haven't tried many independents.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cant say i have had any so bad i cant drink it. Jim Murray refers to just a touch of sulphur for a number of whiskies in his whisky bible but i did not detect it, perhaps it was a different batch i was drinking or i am simply not as sensitive to it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is more obvious in limited editions or single cask bottlings but in large scale bottlings the odd sulphur tainted cask just disappears into the mix and it is only those who are very sensitive to it who will detect it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have certainly detected the odd sulphur note but i have never experienced anything undrinkable
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it does spoil the whisky but i cant say i have ever found sulpher notes in original distillery core range bottling.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy M wrote:
it does spoil the whisky but i cant say i have ever found sulpher notes in original distillery core range bottling.
I think the big producers quality control will be quite strict and they simply just need to send any dodgy casks off to go into blends.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cant say i have had anything bad as far as sulphur goes
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sulphur puts me off a whisky completely, its a terrible taste IMO, so much so I tend to avoid whiskys now which have been matured in sherry or wine casks, its too expensive to buy only to find it has a sulphor taste, where other batches may not, its an expensive gamble.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GDR3k wrote:
Sulphur puts me off a whisky completely, its a terrible taste IMO, so much so I tend to avoid whiskys now which have been matured in sherry or wine casks, its too expensive to buy only to find it has a sulphor taste, where other batches may not, its an expensive gamble.
I tend to avoid sherried independent bottlings unless i have had the chance to sample them first or have read a review from a decent source which there does seem to be a lack of reviews especially for indie bottlings. What is the point in reading about a limited edition indie bottling of only 200 bottles in the whisky bible a year after it was released, as i say there is a lack of up to the minute reviews of small batch independent bottlings otherwise i would probably be buying more of them.
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