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Whisky Glossary : Maltose

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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Maltose

Maltose, or Malt sugar, is a disaccharide formed from two units of glucose. It is the second member of a series of glucose chains. The addition of another glucose unit yields maltotriose; further additions will produce dextrins (also called maltodextrins) and eventually starch (glucose polymer).

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The influence of yeast on the final flavour of a whisky is hotly debated within the industry. Ian Wisniewski takes a closer look at whisky's most active ingradient.

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