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Whisky Glossary : Couch

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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After barley has been soaked in water in the Steep to make it germinate it is put into a second tank, the couch, to dry. This stops further growth.

Away from the crowds
Visiting Kentucky or Tennesse? Why not get off the tourist trail and pep up your visit by seeking out the Underbelly of each state? Dominic Roskrow finds the weird among the wonderful.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 30

Dark Art
Jefferson Chase examines Ian McEwan's use of whisky as emotional crutch in his novel The Child in Time

July 2003, Issue 32, page 54

Drinking Under the Sydney Sun
Whisky is like Coca Cola in this city. Then there is always plenty in reach. But if you are looking for more intriguing, hard to find whiskies, then put Chris Middleton's guide in your pocket and head...

June 2011, Issue 96, page 46

Fear and Snacking in Louisville
Liza Weisstuch finds a wonderful weirdness in Bourbon country

April 2012, Issue 103, page 41

Indian Seduction
With a little coaching from the devoted people working in India's most respected hospitality group, Heather Greene learns how to get the most out of drinking whisky from Delhi to Mumbai.

March 2013, Issue 110, page 48

Is this a tortilla chip I see before me?
Brian Hennigan reports groundbreaking research into one of the vital questions of life.

August 1999, Issue 5, page 35

Journey into the subconscious
Jefferson Chase guides us down through the murky and mysterious world of Japanese author Haruki Murakami

August 2002, Issue 25, page 77

Saved by Rock and Roll
Music and whiskey run deep in the roots of this Irish family home

July 2018, Issue 153, page 38

Screeching In St John's
Newfoundland uncovered

June 2015, Issue 128, page 48

Sense and sensibility
Marcin Miller receives an education in whisky detection

February 2000, Issue 8, page 45

The Rebel County
Cork has a great heritage of food and drink, and has much to offer the whisky lover. Australian foodie and publican Seaneen Sullivan explores its charms.

March 2012, Issue 102, page 38

The Royal Drams
Drinking in the Palace experience

April 2018, Issue 150, page 50

Trends Worth Ignoring
Don't get blogged down

July 2016, Issue 137, page 13

Up for auction
How a bottle of Henry McKenna went for a song

January 2015, Issue 125, page 13

Where there's a still there's a Spey
The Speyside Festival was both a blur of activity and a civilised and leisurely jaunt through the heart of the whisky world. Dominic Roskrow reports

July 2003, Issue 32, page 22



Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old Malt Cask Brora 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 More Islay-like than its Clynelish brothers. Was this some of the last made with highly peated malt?

The Balvenie 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90%
8 A very sophisticated malt. Beautifully combined flavours.



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