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Whisky Glossary : Draff

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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Draff

In Scotland, what is left of the grain after fermentation. It is used for animal food.

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

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

October 2002, Issue 26, page 48

A Greener Future
We asked two of our writers to look at the issues affecting Scottish and American producers. The problems may be pressing but there is plenty of innovation out there to keep the industry green

March 2012, Issue 102, page 21

A new flame (Kilchorman)
Gavin Smith takes a stroll by Kilchorman, the first new distillery of the millennium-and the first on Islay since 1883

February 2002, Issue 21, page 22

A pioneer of the spirit
Stewart Mcbain praises the contribution of Charles Cree Doig an unsung hero of the Scotch whisky industry

December 2000, Issue 13, page 26

A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery

March 2014, Issue 118, page 30

Adventures in wood
Ian Buxton looks at some innovative uses for casks and washbacks when the whisky industry has finished with them.

April 2008, Issue 71, page 24

BackformoreatEdradour
It'sfouryearssinceourmysteryvisitorwasatEdradour,andalothashappenedsincethen.Sowhat'sthetourlikenow?

June 2004, Issue 40, page 18

Badge of quality in safe hands (Adelphi)
Adelphi distillery, the top-of-the-market independent bottler, has been bought by a couple of landowners in Argyll. Charles MacLeanlooks at the company's history and asks the new owners about their pl...

March 2005, Issue 46, page 63

Bladnoch's bold revival
Gavin Smith retraces the resurrection of Scotland's most southerly distillery, and discovers why it is being directed by an Irishman.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 28

By the letter
In the latest in the series Dominic Roskrow looks at the letter ‘D'

March 2007, Issue 62, page 78

Celtic Cousins - Made in Bretagne
Martine Nouet looks at the whisky industry in Northern France – and plots its Celtic roots

November 2004, Issue 44, page 26

Claiming the title
Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery

June 2013, Issue 112, page 31

Conval-no-more
In the latest of our series Gavin D Smithlooks at the history behind Convalmore

September 2007, Issue 66, page 35

Energy efficient
Dave Broom concludes his two part investigation into the impact of climate change on whisky production by examining how the industry is meeting the challenge.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 26

Festival Menus
Martine Nouet takes us through recent whisky and food combinations she has discovered.

September 2008, Issue 74, page 50

Gone but not forgotten
Robin Brilleman takes a tour of the Scottish Highlands and visits the distilleries that have, over the course of time, ceadsed production but whose malts have left a lasting imprint on whisky history.

April 2001, Issue 15, page 32

Happy Times
Dave Broom discusses whisky fuelled cars and a new excellent watering spot.

September 2010, Issue 90, page 10

Into the melting pot
The mash tun is a vital vessel,accommodating the conversion of starch within the grist into sugars,using a sequence of three,or even four waters at a progressively higher temperatures. But rather than...

December 2007, Issue 68, page 26

Liquid mystery (Lagavulin)
What makes Lagavulin great? Dave Broom goes in search of answers at the home of one the world's most elusive malts.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 28

Making the grade
In a Whisky Magazine exclusive we go behind the scenes of this ambitious project.

October 2009, Issue 83, page 18

Maltster and servant
A keen collector of first-hand information on whisky, Martine Nouet had the fantastic opportunity to make a whisky-lover and -writer's dream come true: work in the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distillerie...

December 2001, Issue 20, page 32

Mash course
Ian Wisniewski takes us step by step through the mashing process

November 2003, Issue 35, page 72

Not just a question of taste
Philip Hills writes an introduction to the first part of an abridged extract from his fascinatin new book Appreciating whisky

November 2000, Issue 12, page 50

Out of the Box
Gavin D. Smith looks at the latest Swedish distilling adventure.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 32

Phenolic fancies
Ian Wisniewski asks what does the term ‘ppm' stand for in relation to a peated malt, and what does this signify in terms of a malt's character?

April 2010, Issue 87, page 38

Progressive Distilling
Lisa Weisstuch discovers an acoustic side to whisky making

March 2012, Issue 102, page 28

The crazy world of James Grant
With Glen Grant up for sale it's timely to look at the man behind the distillery. Iain Russell reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 48

The essential distillery guide
Duncan and Wendy Graham have travelled to every corner of Scotland in researching their book Visiting Distilleries. We asked them to pick the ten best visitor centres

September 2001, Issue 18, page 38

The times they are a-changin' (Springbank)
Campbeltown was the one-time whisky capital that experienced a catastrophic boom and bust. Dave Broom explains how Springbank, by sharing the same mentality and philosophy as Bob Dylan, are well posi...

November 2001, Issue 19, page 34

Waste not, want not
Gavin D. Smith takes a look at the by-products of whisky-making, and where they end up

March 2003, Issue 29, page 38

Waste not, want not (Bob Pass - Diageo)
In the latest in his series Richard Jones talks to Bob Pass marketing and technical manager, animal feeds for Diageo

January 2005, Issue 45, page 55

Where small is very beautiful (Edradour)
History lives at Edradour, the world's smallest Scotch whisky distillery, where traditional whisky-making methods remain unchanged to this day. Jane Slade describes the pleasures on offer when she sli...

February 2000, Issue 8, page 30

 

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Bunnahabhain Manzanilla Sherry Wood 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.20%
7 Well controlled. Wood just coming into play and despite the sulphur it's a pleasing light,sweet spirit.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27.72 Springbank Harbour-side Harmonies
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
7 Lacks integration.

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Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20%
8 Have this without water. Hinting at complexity.

Auchentoshan 1990 16 Years Old Bourbon Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70%
7 Draff mixed with whipped cream? It's a Glaswegian cranachan.

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Well balanced and worth seeking out.

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A perfectly pleasant dram, but lacking the finesse and complexity of the best on show here.

Signatory Silent Stills Imperial 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20%
7 A little less eccentric, and more rounded than other bottlings I have tried recently.

Chieftain's Cigar Malt Classic 1994 13 Years old
- Scotland - 54.40%
7 The finish has given it a kick. Pleasant but not far reaching.

Tomintoul Single Peated Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Pleasant and easy-going.

Tullibardine Coume Del Mas Banyuls
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
6 Too much finish for me.

Tullibardine Pure Pot Spirit
Single Malt - Scotland - 69.10%
Shows what a good base spirit is being made here –but this can only be used in reference to the bottled mature product (when you can see how good the wood has been).

 

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