The Perfect Glass of Whiskey

The Perfect Glass of Whiskey

Last week, we looked at how much chemistry is involved in producing the perfect whisky. But, the impact of science does not end there and until you actually drink it, there are still many factors that influence how it tastes. The beauty of age To be called Scotch whisky, it needs to be matured in a cask for at least 3 … [Read more...]

The Many Flavours of Whiskey

The Many Flavours of Whiskey

Whisky drinkers are known for their meticulousness when it comes to how they like their beverage served. But neat, with water or ice – does it make any difference? Let’s go on a “whisky tour” and find out a little more about the chemistry of whisky! After this taster, next week we’ll look at how to drink whisky and what … [Read more...]

What is Nitric Acid?

What is Nitric Acid?

Also known as aqua fortis or spirit of niter, nitric acid (HNO3) is a highly corrosive and hazardous compound. This colourless chemical is typically sold as a 53-68% solution suitable for most common applications, but higher concentrations, commonly referred to as fuming nitric acid, are also available. Most important … [Read more...]

The Chemistry of Champagne: The Secret of the Bubbles

The Chemistry of Champagne: The Secret of the Bubbles

For something usually associated with the freedom of celebrations, producing Champagne is actually a highly regulated endeavor. It’s not enough that it needs to come from Champagne in France, but it also needs to follow a strict set of rules and regulations from the planting of the vines to labelling and packaging the final … [Read more...]

What is Hydrogen Peroxide?

What is Hydrogen Peroxide?

Two men walk into a bar and both ask for a glass of water. Strangely, the second man dies after consuming his beverage! How to solve this apparently impossible conundrum? It’s not so strange if you know that, as the second man asked for H2O too, he was actually drinking quite a dangerous chemical: hydrogen peroxide, … [Read more...]