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Whisky Glossary : Floor maltings

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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Floor maltings

Maltings where barley is malted by spreading it out on a large floor and turned by hand. Floor maltings have been largely replaced by Drum Maltings

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

December 2012, Issue 108, page 32

Alike in dignity (Ardmore and Glendronach)
Ardmore and Glendronach have much in common but at the moment their experiences are very different. Dominic Roskrow visited both

July 2007, Issue 65, page 32

Being Certified
Gavin D. Smith looks into the organic label

March 2012, Issue 102, page 26

BIRTH OF A LEGEND
Ichiro Akuto has been a major player in the world of artisinal Japanese whisky for more than a decade, well known for bottling the successful Hanyu Card Series. Neil Ridleycatches up for a dram on the...

December 2011, Issue 100, page 68

Bowling for Littlemill
Gavin D.Smith investigates the lost fortunes of Glasgow's other distillery.

February 2008, Issue 70, page 30

Coast to coast
You don't tend to think of Glasgow and Edinburgh when it comes to whisky. But if you dig about a bit and travel over to Campbeltown to the west there is plenty to enjoy

June 2007, Issue 64, page 36

First and Last
Neil Wilson visits a vision in the making.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 34

Fort William's loss
Gavin D.Smith charts the history of one of the two Fort William distilleries,Glenlochy.

July 2009, Issue 81, page 32

Gone but not forgotten (Port Ellen)
In the latest of our new series,Gavin D Smith delves in to Port Ellen's past

April 2007, Issue 63, page 50

Grand designs
There are numerous financial risks involved in establishing a new malt whisky distillery. But how do you make sure the whisky you produce is any good? Richard Jones reports

August 2006, Issue 58, page 28

In conversation (Evan Thomas Cattanach)
Charles MacLean meets Evan Thomas Cattanach, long-term Distillery Manager and now Director of Scotch Knowledge for Schefflin & Somerset in New York

December 2001, Issue 20, page 85

In the heartland (Speyside)
Speyside falls in to two halves:that reached by flying in to Inverness,and that reached from Aberdeen.In this issue we take the Aberdeen route.

January 2008, Issue 69, page 36

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Inspirational distilling
The VIP tour of Balvenie is quite arguably the best Scotland has to offer. Our man indulged himself.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 40

Inverness and beyond
We look at the region of Speyside round about Inverness

January 2007, Issue 61, page 34

Island life
From Orkney to Arran,Scotland's islands are home to some of Scotland's best distilleries.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 38

Key processes
In the latest in our series looking at the language of whisky, Dominic Roskrow looks at the letters E and F

April 2007, Issue 63, page 78

Largesse flows at Dufftown
Whisky Magazine readers revelled in true highland hospitality when they were entertained at a William Grant and Sons special lunch.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 50

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

Lowland trinity
Our man suggests three different ways to see this clutch of distilleries.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 28

Maltsters Inc.
Ian Wisniewski reveals the secrets behind this rather complex stage of whisky-making: malting

January 2003, Issue 28, page 48

On the edge of the world (Laphroaig)
The peat-reek and iodine fullness of Laphroaig is the epitome of Islay; and it has changed little since the distillery was founded in the early nineteenth century, says Neil Wilson

January 1999, Issue 1, page 38

Peat
Unlike water and barley, peat is an ‘optional extra' in whisky-making, as its role in the malting process is purely to provide aroma and flavour, and large quantities of malt are made without any us...

April 2013, Issue 111, page 23

Peat performance
Peat is a staple ingredient of many classic whiskie. Ian Wisniewski looks at the hows, and whys and wherefores of this valued element .

July 2002, Issue 24, page 61

Peter the great
Restless genius Peter Mackie was a true champion of malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne describes the life of the whisky baron who created the White Horse.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 66

Rags to whiskies
For the first time in 60 years a local man is at the helm of Springbank, Gavin D. Smith meets him

October 2010, Issue 91, page 26

Respect your elders
While it doesn't follow that older is necessarily better, great older whiskies are rare and to be respected. Ian Wisniewski reports

March 2005, Issue 46, page 80

Rise & Shine (Glendronach)
Gavin D. Smith tells the story of Highland distillery Glendronach, which has a happy ending after all

June 2003, Issue 31, page 49

Road tripping whisky
We catch up with the team as they complete their journey and blend.

October 2009, Issue 83, page 12

Scotland's own Marie Celeste (Dallas Dhu)
Dallas Dhu is a distillery musuem. But does it have any soul left? The Mystery Visitor went to the eerily deserted site

April 2005, Issue 47, page 42

Smooth operators
The glass of whisky in my hand is a pale, straw gold with the faint aroma of pears. Its flavour is gentle, understated and above all smooth. So smooth that someone, after probably at least a bottle, w...

February 2000, Issue 8, page 54

Spirits rising
There's a real sense of purpose on Speyside at the moment, reflected by its rapidly developing Spirit of Speyside Festival. Dominic Roskrow reports

June 2006, Issue 56, page 18

Still mourning
Tamdhu is the latest distillery to be mothballed. Gavin D. Smith reports.

July 2010, Issue 89, page 34

Taking the Floor
Ian Wisniewski looks at the rise of commercial maltings, and how they compare to floor maltings

June 2012, Issue 104, page 30

 

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