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Whisky Glossary : Pot ale

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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Pot ale

Also known as burnt ale or spent Wash High-protein residue from a still, mixed with Draff to make animal feed.

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

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

Brewing up a storm
Gavin Smith tells the complex story of Scottish brewing and its inextricable links with distilling

February 2002, Issue 21, page 52

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

Experimental focus
We discover a hive of innovation in Speyside

October 2013, Issue 115, page 44

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

September 2010, Issue 90, page 10

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

October 2009, Issue 83, page 18

Meet peat
In the latest in his series on whisky terms,Dominic Roskrow addresses part one of a two part look at the letter P, and makes sense of peat,phenols and PPMs

February 2008, Issue 70, page 31

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

October 2011, Issue 99, page 32

Painting the riverred
Gavin D Smith heads out to the the Outer Hebrides to see what's going on.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 46

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

Personality Traits
Dave Broom looks at how to get under the skin of a distillery

April 2011, Issue 95, page

Talking stills
In the first of two articles on stills, Ian Wisniewskilooks at the role of the wash still,and what happens during the first distillation process

June 2008, Issue 72, page 24

The 2 Barries
The hands-on whiskey makers who have helped re-shape Irish whiskey, in conversation with Michael Jackson

May 2002, Issue 22, page 26

The burning issue
Ian Wisniewski asks that all-important question: does the way a still is heated affect the final product?

July 2003, Issue 32, page 65

The green revolution
With green issues firmly on the agenda,how eco-friendly have malt whisky distilleries become? Ian Wisniewski finds out.

February 2009, Issue 78, page 28

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

War, Washington Whiskey
Riannon Walsh uncovers the work of archaeologists rebuilding an important piece of American, and whiskey, history- the distillery owned by George Washington, celebrated General and the first President

April 2001, Issue 15, page 38

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 it all started (Glenlivet)
Situated in the heart of Speyside,The Glenlivet is a study of modern and progressive whisky making in the most historic of settings. Dominic Roskrow reports

June 2007, Issue 64, page 32

 

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