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Whisky Glossary : Distillation

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

 

Distillation

The vaporization of an alcoholic liquid by heat, followed by the collection by condensation of its alcohol content.

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

50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history

July 2014, Issue 121, page 62

?All Shook Up
?A round up of the auction world

September 2013, Issue 114, page 80

A bourbon thoroughbred
Stuart Maclean Ramsay was totally sedcued by Kentucky's smallest distillery, which uses Scottish copper pot stills and a rare method of distillation.

December 1999, Issue 7, page 30

A brave new world
The world of whisky may well still be dominated by the big five traditional producers,but they're no longer having it all their own way.Dominic Roskrow looks at the new wave of world whisky

September 2007, Issue 66, page 18

A brave new world
Using his knowledge and passion for wine,whisky maker John Hall is creating one of the most iconic Canadian brands, Rob Allanson went to find out why.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 45

A class of their own
Tom Bruce-Gardyne looks into the story of the Haig empire

October 2002, Issue 26, page 48

A decade of words
To mark our 10th anniversary we decided to dig into our archives and bring some of the wittiest, incisive and often poignant words from our two columnists, starting the late, great Michael Jackson.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 14

A different beast
Canada's whisky industry is a pale imitation of what it once was. But if you're thinking of visiting its distilleries be prepared for a lot of travel – its few remaining distilleries are spread righ...

September 2007, Issue 66, page 32

A distillery seeped in history (Clynelish)
Ian Buxton travels North of Inverness to the remote distillery at Clynelish

July 2005, Issue 49, page 34

A drop of the soft stuff
Ian Wisniewski assesses the effect of the water used in whisky production and as mixer on the drink we love

October 2002, Issue 26, page 52

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

July 2002, Issue 24, page 52

A forgotten gem (Deanston)
Deanston is the least-known of Perthshire's six remaining distilleries. Ian Buxton visited it

March 2006, Issue 54, page 30

A future classic from a modern distillery
John Lamond visits the Isle of Arran Distilleryy, a modern distillery that produces a whisky that may well have enthusiasts challenging their own perception of what is their favourite malt

April 2001, Issue 15, page 28

A good read
Ian Buxton peruses the library for some of the finest whisky books

June 2007, Issue 64, page 50

A grievous loss (Rosebank)
In the latest of our series Gavin D Smith looks at the history behind Rosebank

July 2007, Issue 65, page 31

A Kuschty moment in time
Is rye whisky about to hit the big time? Dave thinks it certainly is...

March 2014, Issue 118, page 9

A mark of difference
With its instantly recognisable red wax sealed bottle, Maker's Mark has a story to tell

February 2014, Issue 117, page 30

A new dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean

February 2002, Issue 21, page 34

A Phoenix Arising from the Peat
Dave attends the opening of Tullamore D.E.W. new distillery

October 2014, Issue 123, page 11

A point of difference
Out man visits the hear of Whyte and Mackay's grain supply

December 2013, Issue 116, page 38

A Quiet Confidence
Seáneen Sullivan explores the myths and magic of this iconic Islay distillery

December 2012, Issue 108, page 32

A Ramble Around the Lowlands
A region for delicate and triple distilliation whiskies

September 2014, Issue 122, page 58

A rare breed (Wild Turkey)
Wild Turkey is an old-fashioned American spirit, full of character, with an ability to seduce all-comers. Stuart Maclean-Ramsay pays his respects.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 38

A Real Revival
Ian Buxton looks at the resurrection of a distillery

July 2012, Issue 105, page 34

A Region of Subtlety
Gavin D. Smith takes us through this often maligned producing region

January 2011, Issue 93, page 30

A right pair
Is whisky really suited to food? Ontario-based writer Andrew Coppolino finds out

August 2006, Issue 58, page 42

A right royal return (Carneronbridge)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds that Carneronbridge Distillery is ready to return to the public eye after years in the background of the Scottish whisky industry- all thanks to a member of the Royal family

February 2002, Issue 21, page 38

A salt on the senses
Can you taste salt in whisky? Many say of course you can, but the suggestion incenses others. Peter Woodsputs the case against

June 2003, Issue 31, page 82

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

November 2001, Issue 19, page 24

A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling

February 2014, Issue 117, page 36

A wave of innovation
Our man visits this venerable Canadian distillery that has a few tricks up its sleeve

June 2013, Issue 112, page 42

Abalance of quality and price
Inverallan Scotch Malt Whisky is using the Internet to promote whisky and Scottish water across the world. Eluned Price reports

April 2005, Issue 47, page 44

Acting the part
It was only amatter of time before Monarch of the Glen discovered whisky. Gavin Smith reports.

December 2003, Issue 36, page 16

 

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BenRiach Horizons 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Triple distillation heightens the aromatics though can't really see the oloroso influence.

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Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
9 Bring on the caeser salad.

Dun Bheagan Bladnoch 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Drier and thinner than Bladnoch at it's best.

Dewar Rattray Craigellachie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90%
7 On top of a maturation in poor wood, seems to have undergone problems at distillation. Disappointing.

Lombard Golden Harvest
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Too young? Or a restricted vatting? Not very exciting.

 

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