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Whisky Glossary : Mash

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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Liquid composed of Grist mixed with boiling water. This extracts soluble starch, which is converted into Maltose by the enzyme Amylase The liquid that is drained from the Mash Tun and fermented is called the Worts

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

4 Roses blooming
As most American whiskeys look overseas for new drinkers, Four Roses finds its growth back home. Charles Cowdery investigates.

July 2008, Issue 73, page 14

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

July 2014, Issue 121, page 62

A balance of tradition and efficiency (Speyburn)
Deanston Distillery is something of a hidden gem. Ian Buxton visited it

April 2006, Issue 55, page 26

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 country beyond kentucky
Think American whiskey and you think Kentucky. But across the United States there are other options – including the biggest of them all

April 2008, Issue 71, page 38

A cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside

November 2004, Issue 44, page 34

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 well off the beaten track (Tomatin)
Our mystery visitor made the long trek to Tomatin and found a distillery not geared up for the tourist or casual visitor

November 2004, Issue 44, page 17

A dream of a distillery (Arran)
Our Mystery Visitor travels to Arran

November 2003, Issue 35, page 42

A Drinker's Guide to Germany
Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky

July 2015, Issue 129, page 15

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 Flirtatious Spirit
Ian Buxton heads north to find a Distillery in a basement

September 2012, Issue 106, page 40

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 free sofa with every case
The dignified advertisements you see in this publication belie the rough and tumble past of American whiskey promotion. Charles K.Cowdery reports

October 2006, Issue 59, page 52

A frosty reception
Classic malt distillery Dalwhinnie is revamping its visitor experience. Dominic Roskrow spoke to the man charged with ringing the changes.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 44

A gem in the eye of a storm (Cardhu)
Say the word ‘Cardhu' and it stirs up images of underhand dealings. But the distillery intrinsically linked to last year's scandal is charming and impressive, and its staff outstanding. Ian Buxton r...

January 2005, Issue 45, page 30

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 Highland Queen
A Custodian Collection from Tullibardine

January 2016, Issue 133, page 29

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 life away from the waver
Robin Laing joins a group of enthusiasts heading up the Spey with paddles.

April 2010, Issue 87, page 50

A Little Piece of History
Once, Old Crow was synonymous with quality bourbon, but for some years it has been lost in the wilderness. Now it's set a new lease of life. Dominic Roskrow reports

January 2011, Issue 93, page 22

A Locavore's Tipple
Liza Weisstuch goes in search of slow food whiskey

February 2013, Issue 109, page 34

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 new direction
Macallan’s new distillery marks a turning point for the brand and distillery designs

June 2018, Issue 152, page 40

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 new frontier
Jonathan McCormick looks at selling bourbon to the Scots.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 20

A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market

December 2010, Issue 92, page 58

A perfumed world
Dave Broom explores the sensory experience of incense.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 20

A Phoenix from the flames
It's nearly 10 years since a major fire all but destroyed a great part of Heaven Hill. But the distillery's now thriving and going from strength to strength. Charles Cowdery reports

July 2005, Issue 49, page 25

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

December 2013, Issue 116, page 38



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.

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Four Roses Bourbon Limited Edition Small Batch 2015 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.30%
9 You have to love that raw character!

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Ben Nevis The President's Cask 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40%
8 A little water and this beauty unwinds into a sublime whisky.

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Glenmorangie Tain L'Hermitage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Perhaps more robust, less elegant, than the previous bottling, but full of flavour and soundly structured.

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Westward Oregon Malt Whiskey Single Barrel
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Young but plenty of character. The alcohol is a touch aggressive but it does balance the sweetness.

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Tomintoul Tlàth
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A pretty entertaining dram. I certainly wasn't expecting that finish!

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Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Well, this certainly doesn't lack personality!

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Special Reserve Glen Ord 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70%
8 A successful and intriguing balance between fragrance and dryness. Worth a look.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World Series: Port Finish
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A late harvested wine cask finished rye whisky? It's dangerously drinkable!

Parker's Heritage Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.50%
8 It needs to be tamed by a dash of water but not too much. An elegant Bourbon.

Elmer T. Lee Commemorative Edition
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50%
8 Upfront, in your face and hard to dislike. If Dolly Parton was a whisky – it's this!

Paul John Indian Single Malt Single Cask #1444
Single Malt - India - 59.70%
8 Wow, this has come out of left field. Is it made from some kind of multi-grain mash?

Parker's Heritage Collection 8 Years Old Straight Malt Whiskey
Blended Grain - U.S.A. - 54.00%
8 Intriguing and contemplative. In fact it goes rather well with Green and Blacks organic milk chocolate!

Scott's Selection Craigellachie 1991 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
8 Starts off nosing younger than its years, but grows into itself with time.

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Douglas Laing Caol Ila 1979 26 Years Old, The Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
8 Should have been taken out of the cask a few years back. Easy to say now of course.

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Method and Madness Single Pot Still
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 Delicious, easy drinking and well balanced – the sort of dram you return to again and again.

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Dewar Rattray Bowmore 1990, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
8 Has richness and some finesse.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel 1999 Vintage
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 Clean very precise and well crafted.

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Blended Malt - Japan - 46.00%
8 Lightbodied,but fresh and fragrant. Japanese beginners start here.

Boisdale Islay (Laphroaig)
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 Ordered and enjoyable.

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Dewar Rattray Glen Grant 1985 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 A definite sharpness which hides a sweeter character. Water does not help much, enhancing the pepperiness. For those who like it hot.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Maybe just a little too eager to please, but maybe I'm just too hard to please.

Triple Eight Distillery Nor'Easter Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 44.40%
7 Incredibly floral – not really the sort of thing I associate with American whiskey, but it's interesting!

Crown Royal
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A characterful and clean whisky, with a rich proportion of rye in the mashbill. Oak is well integrated. Would be pleasant with a pecan pie.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 An open and conversational whisky. Does not boast complexity but has a vibrant fruity aromatic profile. Tastes stronger than 43%.

Master of Malt Bunnahabhain 1990 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.10%
7 Soft and very easy.

Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Triple distilled whiskey drawn from bourbon, sherry and port wood...what a balancing act. It usually works a treat, but this time the elements are strangely out of kilter.

Coconut Cream Speyside 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Light, but a good aperitif. Have it with ice.

Sazerac Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Balanced and controlled.

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 The nose suggests youth, but this is somewhat compensated for by a more pleasing palate

Ballantine's Christmas Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 It's Ballantine's as you've seen it before but the “Christmas” angle is well worked. Great blending.

Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 At 10 years, Auchentoshan makes an expressive, eloquent claim to being the classic Lowlander.

Connemara 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 That lactic note overwhelms nose and palate. Not sure that a dairy whiskey is something to look forward to! Surprisingly, a dash of water makes more palatable.

Signatory Glendronach 1976 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10%
7 An enjoyable malt, but Glendronach is capable of more.

Berrys' Own Selection Texas Legation Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00%
7 Wouldn't be surprised if there's a high proportion of corn in this mash bill! Once you pop…



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