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Postby Strider » Tue Apr 09, 2002 9:27 am

I've been asking quite a few people lately the question 'What determines the strength of body of a whisky?' (light bodied/full bodied)and as of yet haven't received any answer which clarifies the issue for me. Can anyone out there help? Thanks, and Keep Drinking!
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Postby St.Peat » Tue Apr 09, 2002 8:38 pm

Strider --

Jim McEwan (ex-Bowmore, now The Bruichladdich), has spoken of body as the descriptor for the speed of the legs of a whisky walking slowly down the glass sides, after the inner glass surface has received a full and even coating of the whisky.

Jim likes to show how to achieve a regular evenness of the whisky on the glass by holding the glass at an angle which brings the whisky inside almost to the lip, then he places his forefinger inside the glass, touching the top of his finger to the underside of the upper lip of the glass. He then turns the glass one full rotation. The glass should now have an even coating of whisky, with no peaks or valleys to disturb the legs' race back into the dram.

Jim says you can assess the heaviness or lightness of body by the speed of the legs. Slow, for full bodied, and the faster, the lighter bodied.

BTW, some glasses can be laid on their side without any dram spillage, and then, turning them on a flat surface, you can achieve the same evenness of coverage ... however, the above manual style can be impressive amongst others, if you go for that sort of thing. Image

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Postby bartok » Thu Apr 11, 2002 4:01 am

I think of body in relation to length of finish. example- Lagavulin16 has more body than Finlaggan.
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Postby SpeedyJohn » Thu Apr 11, 2002 2:09 pm

Actually, as far as I understand it, "body" refers to the consistency and density of the drink. It is the degree to which a drink differs from water.

Body can be determined by sight and taste. This is where viewing the "legs" of a drink comes in. Thin, fast descending legs indicate a lighter body; fat, slow descending legs, a fuller body. On the palate, a drink that tastes and feels "watery" is said to be light bodied. The less a drink tastes and feels like water on the tongue, the fuller bodied it is considered.

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Postby Iain » Thu Apr 11, 2002 2:18 pm

So - a "fat" whisky is one with lots of body?

Or too much!
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Postby Strider » Fri Apr 12, 2002 8:37 am

Sorry, I have to re-phrase my question. I understand how to distinguish a full bodied whisky from a lighter bodied whisky. What I really need to know is what causes this difference? i.e. What happens during the distilling/maturation/casking etc. which causes one whisky to be full bodied/light bodied?
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Postby Alfred Barnard » Fri Apr 12, 2002 9:25 am

For those of us without a body its rather difficult to say !

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Postby St.Peat » Fri Apr 12, 2002 10:26 am

It always was difficult for you to say , AB ... so , either go back to sleep , or speak with more ... body .

Running a little light these days , eh ?

BTW, how are your legs , oldtimer ?
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Postby Iain » Fri Apr 12, 2002 12:54 pm

You say you have no body, Alfred, but you certainly have spirit(s) ;-)

Back to your quill and ink, old fellow - you promised us a new book.
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