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Whisky Glossary : Grain Whisky

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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Grain Whisky

Whisk(e)y distilled from wheat or maize in a Continuous Still

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

?Something a little different
?Experimental casks and unconventional cocktails

September 2013, Issue 114, page 62

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 choice dram
Tom Bruce-Gardyne meets one of single-cask bottling's real success stories, as Lorne Mackillop and his Mackillop's Choice label go from strength to strength

May 2002, Issue 22, page 48

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 giant culled
Gavin D Smithlooks at the recent loss of Dumbarton,a once vast grain distillery

November 2007, Issue 67, page 34

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

December 2013, Issue 116, page 38

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

January 2011, Issue 93, page 30

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 suitable cask for treatment
Sixty per cent of the flavour of malt whisky comes from the wood in which it is aged, says Dave Broom-but what does American oak do that European oak doesn't? And what real effects does a fino cask ha...

March 1999, Issue 2, page 52

A unique taste of Ireland
Jamie Walker had revived the Adelphi name after nearly a century. Ken Hyder talks to the man whose cask crusade promises to widen the horizons of Irish Whiskey and Scotch drinkers.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 48

A Voyage of Discovery
Martine Nouet takes us through the gems of French distilling.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 39

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

All a matter of taste
Pip Hills has compiled a directory comparing the taste profile of some leading malts and blends – and has reached some startling conclusions. Here he explains

January 2005, Issue 45, page 46

Aotearoa excellence
Singer and whisky lover Robin Laing was fascinated to discover that New Zealand has a long whisky-making tradition when he toured there recently. Here he tells its story

July 2003, Issue 32, page 48

As easy as A,B,C
New to whisky? Then this new series goes back to basics. Dominic Roskrow explains

October 2006, Issue 59, page 74

Ask the expert
I have a very old (40 years plus) bottle of Hector MacDonald Glen Mist Whisky Liqueur priced at 40/- shillings, bottled by Savermo of London. The wax seal around the cork is broken but the cork is int...

October 2010, Issue 91, page 73

Ask the Expert
Send your questions to editorial@whiskymag.com or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

June 2013, Issue 112, page 82

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

Blending the blues
The last time I tried falling off a log I nearly broke my ankle. It looks easy enough, the principle isn't hard to understand but doing it gracefully is another matter. And doing it day after day is e...

April 2008, Issue 71, page 56

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

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

March 2007, Issue 62, page 78

Canadian rye versus American straight rye
Davin is the author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

June 2013, Issue 112, page 12

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

Class acts
The Masterclasses gave visitors the chance to explore the world of whisky more fully. Brigid James picks some highlights

June 2003, Issue 31, page 22

Coming of age
Whiskies, like people, mature at different rates. Andrew Jefford (himself in his prime) wonders why

May 1999, Issue 3, page 47

Cool and collected
Ian Wisniewski explores the mysteries of the ageing warehouse and looks at how different types affect the eventual taste of your whisky

December 2003, Issue 36, page 64

Decoding labels
he whisky label is a treasure trove of information if you know how to crack the codes. Graham Moore reveals all

February 2000, Issue 8, page 50

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

Don't be Vague
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Haig brand.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 36

Don't go against the grain
Despite views to the contrary,grain whisky can be pretty sensational - and great value for money.

March 2006, Issue 54, page 50

Easy does it
The Easy Drinking Whisky Company is taking the selling of whisky to a new level – by selling directly on taste. Dominic Roskrow reports

November 2003, Issue 35, page 40

English Heritage
Gavin D. Smith concludes his look at lost distilleries

July 2011, Issue 97, page 42

English Spirit
Gavin D. Smith looks at the lost distillers of Merseyside

June 2011, Issue 96, page 30

 

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Port Dundas 34 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90%
8 Lush and sexy. A truly delicious hedonistic dram.

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Greenore 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 A very stylish grain which is showing grip and character rather than just getting sweeter and flabbier with age.

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Berry's Own Selection Invergordon 38 Years Old 1971
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00%
8 The balance between sweet and sour is perfect. A grain whisky? I would have thought of an old bourbon.

World Whiskies Awards 2009 - World's Best Grain Whisky - Winner

Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Someone knows what they are doing. Who would have thought grain whisky could taste so good?

Girvan Single Grain 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00%
8 I've always had a soft spot for this distillery's Black Barrel, and I like this version even more. Not very complex – but it is a grain whisky.

Girvan Single Grain 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Black Barrel with more age, more wood.

Compass Box Hedonism
Grain - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Remarkably flavoursome and enjoyable for a blend of grain whiskies.

Adelphi Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 47.10%
7 A rich grain whisky on the fruity side. Interesting.

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Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40%
7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.

Master of Malt North British 1991 20 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 55.80%
7 It might lack the layering you want from a 20 year old but its vibrancy is to be praised.

Greenore 8 Years Old 1996, Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Single Grain - Ireland - 40.00%
7 The best Greenore yet. Worth a look.

Scott's Selection North of Scotland, 1963
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.80%
7 Very rich for a grain whisky. Not much dimension. No flavour peaks.

Duncan Taylor Invergordon 1965 38 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 50.10%
7 Such a long ageing has made the bourbon wood very dominating. The crisp, cleansing, hint of pine in the distillery bottling better suited a single grain.

Distillery Select Loch Lomond, Organic Single Highland Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 45.00%
7 Unusual profile for a grain whisky. More reminiscent of a calvados. Oak is too blatant. Water wipes it out.

World Whiskies Awards 2011 - World's Best Grain Whisky - Winner

Greenore 15 Years Old
Grain - Republic of Ireland - 43.00%
6 Not hugely complex,but good.

Greenore 8 Years Old
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
6 Young and juicy.

Greenore 8 Years Old
Grain - Ireland - 40.00%
6 Bourbon Lite might taste like this.

 

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