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Whisky Glossary : Brewing

Whisky Glossary and Definitions

Unlike wine, for example, whisky is not really about mystification, but it does bring its own jargon. Any unusual terms you are likely to come across are described and defined in this section.

 
 

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Whisky Magazine Issue 124

David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus

 

Brewing

The process of Mashing grain in hot water and fermenting the result with yeast to produce Wash or Beer

100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit
Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 30

100 Greatest Whisky People
We highlight the people who have left a lasting legacy on the whisky world over the years.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 16

?The beating heart of Ireland?
?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city

September 2013, Issue 114, page 51

A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery

July 2002, Issue 24, page 52

A Flirtatious Spirit
Ian Buxton heads north to find a Distillery in a basement

September 2012, Issue 106, page 40

A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market

December 2010, Issue 92, page 58

A special relationship
Michael Jackson takes a reflective look at Japan, Scotland and whisky

November 2001, Issue 19, page 24

A Winter Playground
In the second of our reports from Hokkaido, the Whisky Magazine Japan team finds food and more drink for the soul.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 76

A-Zoftheworld'sbestblends
AilsaCraig Company:ADewarRattray Age:none ABV:40% Territories:NA Description:smokybuthasauniqueandunusualtastecreatedbytheharshgrainandtheoilyandinterestingmaltcontent TheAntiquary21Years Company: Ag...

October 2004, Issue 43, page 24

Alchemy by the Bay
Stuart MacLean Ramsay takes a trip to the US west coast and checks out three very different but equally daring and passionate distillers

December 2001, Issue 20, page 38

AnythingbutaGreektragedy
Greecehasoneofthebiggestmarketsforwhiskyintheworld.TomBruce-Gardynereports

June 2004, Issue 40, page 34

Australian Whisky Accent
Chris Middleton has a background in global whisky marketing, freelance whisky writing and is director of a recently established whisky distillery in Austalia

June 2011, Issue 96, page 11

Awards celebration with Glenfiddich
Whisky Magazine had two of its writers nominated for awards at the prestigious Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards. Contributing Editor Dave Broom was nominated in the best Drink Writer category (won by ...

July 2001, Issue 17, page 13

Back with a vengeance
Tullibardine shut its doors in the 1990s. Now, as part of a retail complex, it is back. Charles MacLean went to the triumphant reopening

January 2005, Issue 45, page 34

Boom time
Two new distilleries announced in as many months...are we on the brink of a golden time for whisky? Ian Buxton finds out

April 2007, Issue 63, page 26

Bottle ageing...so where's the science?
In Issue 27, Martin Isark argued that whisky aged in the bottle. His views have provoked a storm of opposition. Here Peter Wood makes the case against Isark's theory

March 2003, Issue 29, page 82

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Brewer's decline
The number of distilleries using brewer's yeast has declined significantly since the 1990s. Ian Wisniewski asks why.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 28

Brewing up a storm
Gavin Smith tells the complex story of Scottish brewing and its inextricable links with distilling

February 2002, Issue 21, page 52

By Royal Warrant
In our modern world of television, internet and persuasive advertising products appear, are accepted, flourish or even disappear merely to be replaced by a similar product. However this was not alway ...

November 2000, Issue 12, page 24

Caithness giant
Gavin D. Smith heads up the North East coast in search of Gerston.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 32

Caramel keg
Ian Wisniewski investigates one of whisky's most controversial and maligned ingredients … caramel

May 2002, Issue 22, page 52

Celtic Cousins - A bit of Cornish spirit
The Celtic fringe of Britain has a long tradition for some of the world's finest whiskies. Ireland and Scotland have refined their creations over centuries, so why has it taken so long for Cornwall to...

November 2004, Issue 44, page 24

Chills and thrills (Yoichi)
Dave Broomtries to discover the secret of Nikka by visiting its North Japanese Yoichi distillery

October 2003, Issue 34, page 32

Coming of age
The first English whisky for more than a century will be bottled this side of Christmas, our man went to taste the 33 month old spirit.

October 2009, Issue 83, page 7

Connoisseur's chemistry
the final instalment of Philip Hills' abridged extract from his fascinatin new book Appreciating Whisky.

December 2000, Issue 13, page 52

Craft Education
Liza Weisstuch takes a seat at the conference

July 2012, Issue 105, page 11

Craft Fair?
Has the distillation world effectively spawned an uncontrollable, unregulated monster

September 2014, Issue 122, page 22

Dial B for blends
In the second of our ‘back to basics'guides Dominic Roskrow looks at the letter B and in particular blends

November 2006, Issue 60, page 74

Distilling revolution
Liza Weisstuch looks at some of the new wave of craft distillers who have started to grab the headlines and glasses of whisky lovers.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 46

Doyouwannabeinourgang...
Howmanyofushavethoughtaboutgivingitallupandstartingafreshasaworkerintheworldofwhisky?RichardJonesspeakstosomepeoplewhohavedonejustthat

September 2004, Issue 42, page 36

Drinking in the Big Smoke
We look at some excellent whisky bars in the English capital, but also at what is happening elsewhere in the country, a distilling revolution is beginning to bear fruit

February 2012, Issue 101, page 44

Drinking in the Garden City
Davin de Kergommeaux takes us round this island city

June 2012, Issue 104, page 44

First among piers
We review the recent Whisky Live New York.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 10

Fresh Crop
Ian Wisniewski looks at how companies are developing new barley varieties

September 2007, Issue 66, page 56

From concert pianist to connoisseur
Michael Jackson talks to Rachel Barrie, a woman who had childhood dreams of being a ballerina or a concert pianist, but became Glenmorangie's Product Development Leader.

February 2001, Issue 14, page 24

 

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