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Whisky Glossary : Pot Still

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 Still

Stills used for batch Distillation In pot still Distillation the liquid is distilled usually twice, occasionally three times, first in a Wash still and then in a Spirit 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

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

?The beating heart of Ireland?
?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city

September 2013, Issue 114, page 51

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 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 brave new world
Using his knowledge and passion for wine,whisky maker John Hall is creating one of the most iconic Canadian brands, Rob Allanson went to find out why.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 45

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 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 good read
Ian Buxton peruses the library for some of the finest whisky books

June 2007, Issue 64, page 50

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 Late Summer Read
Recently published whisky related books

September 2016, Issue 138, page 65

A Phoenix Arising from the Peat
Dave attends the opening of Tullamore D.E.W. new distillery

October 2014, Issue 123, page 11

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 place in history
A small plastic vial marks a historic moment at the home of Writerís Tears and the Irishman brands

April 2018, Issue 150, page 40

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

December 2013, Issue 116, page 38

A potted history
Justifiably famous for its range of Irish whiskies, the Pot Still in Gloucester is also a haven for lovers of single malts, unusual spirits, liqueurs and bottled beers. Richard Jones reports

June 2006, Issue 56, page 33

A rare bird indeed
Gavin Smith looks at the history of Phoenix Park in Dublin.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 32

A rare breed (Wild Turkey)
Wild Turkey is an old-fashioned American spirit, full of character, with an ability to seduce all-comers. Stuart Maclean-Ramsay pays his respects.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 38

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 sense of determination
Davin de Kergommeaux undertakes the great Western Canadian distillery challenge

September 2010, Issue 90, page 30

A slice of heaven
Ireland doesn't have a lot of distilleries but what it has are all worth a visit. Iorwerth Griffiths reports

August 2006, Issue 58, page 37

A special relationship
Michael Jackson takes a reflective look at Japan, Scotland and whisky

November 2001, Issue 19, page 24

A state of mind
The state of Kentucky offers the whiskey lover a great deal of choice. But there's plenty for the non bourbon drinker too.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 38

A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling

February 2014, Issue 117, page 36

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 universal language
Dave Broom considers some unprecedented parallels between Scotland and Jamaica, and how drink is the key to exploring new cultures

January 2003, Issue 28, page 8

A whisky trip from source to bay
Following the course of the Spey

March 2014, Issue 118, page 34

A wolf & two rivers
The US-influenced ‘craft’ distilling movement continues to grow in the UK, Gavin investigates further

January 2018, Issue 149, page 34

A World of Possibilities
More cocktail inspiration from Edinburgh's Bramble Bar

February 2017, Issue 144, page 58

Aask the Expert
Send your questions to or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

April 2016, Issue 135, page 82

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

Alchemy by the Bay
Stuart MacLean Ramsay takes a trip to the US west coast and checks out three very different but equally daring and passionate distillers

December 2001, Issue 20, page 38

All in the Mash
Iorwerth Griffiths explores a particularly Irish style

March 2011, Issue 94, page 18

American idols
Most single malts are named after their distilleries, which in turn are mostly place names. Most blended Scotches are named after the merchants who created them although a few, such as Cutty Sark (a s...

July 2006, Issue 57, page 24



Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast Cask Strength
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 57.70%
9 Redbreast is one of the world's great whiskeys. Delicious!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Green Spot Château Léoville Barton
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
9 Enjoyable whiskey. The wood was a little intrusive on the palate, but the finish was superb.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
9 Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
9 This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Midleton Single Cask 1991 10 Years Old
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 53.70%
8 Complex, subtle. Recommended quite a bunch this issue.

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Those oily, cakey aromas still have me hankering for a weekend in Dublin. Tea and cakes at the Shelbourne, then off to the Horseshoe Bar for the first whiskey of the evening.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 58.10%
8 It displays both youthful and mature-ish notes. One thing it definitely doesn't lack is oak though!

Jameson 15 Years Old Limited Edition
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Those oily aromatics are quite a shock at first. Shows just how different a true 'Irish' character was 15 years ago, or does Jameson benefit greatly from age?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Midleton Very Rare
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Don't know how Barry Walsh keeps this standard up year on year, the most robust MVR in ages. Bravo!

Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 For the money, this is the best damn blend you will ever, ever taste.

Jameson 18 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Even after 18 years, the pot still refuses to be mastered by the wood. Very drinkable.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson Gold
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 There is some virgin oak in this one, along with bourbon casks. Bonus points for trying something new, but would have expected more interesting results. I find it a bit light tasting. Try it with fres...

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson Limited Edition, 15 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Distinctive. A very full pot-still Irish.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
8 Pleasant, soft and subtle. However I think it might have benefited from being bottled at 46% ABV, which would have given the palate a little more intensity.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 43.00%
8 The aroma that I associate with a traditional Irish. A superb example for everyday drinking.

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 As quiet, complex and elegant as the man himself.

Powers John's Lane
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 This is astoundingly complex for a 12yo. An instant classic.

Yellow Spot
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 You wonder what's coming next... the Black Spot? The Clear Spot?

Knappogue Castle 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
8 Poised, elegant and very well balanced. A lovely drop of the Irish as they say.

Tullamore D.E.W. Celebratory Phoenix Single Batch
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 55.00%
8 What is this? An Irish pot still whiskey aged in French oak. Either way, it's gorgeous!

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

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.

Redbreast Mano a Lámh
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 I thought it was going to be a fairly simple grain whisky and then it sprang to life on the finish.

Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Sophisticated and seductive, but I always find it a little lacking in substance.

Corsair Buck Yeah!
Pot Still - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 Definitely left of centre. It has more than a passing resemblance to the Corsair Rasputin. For the record I love it!

Glendalough 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 Now this is the sort of whisky that excites me. Complex and full of character. Has some unmalted barley been used here?

Aberfeldy 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Refreshing and light-hearted. Almost too playful to take seriously.

Cadenhead's Lochside 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 This was never a great distillery but it made some perfectly pleasant whiskies and its loss is to be regretted. This bottling is past its best but obviously has rarity value.

Jameson Irish Whiskey
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 A superb Irish for everyday drinking. I love this, though not quite as much as the 1780.

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A complex and distinctive malt.

Tullamore Dew Heritage
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 A very decent and reserved blend that is simply overshadowed and outclassed by the 12 Years Old.

JP Wiser's Hopped Whisky
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 Tasted blind you could easily mistake this for a Scottish grain whisky

Crested Ten Irish Whiskey, 10 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 This is a highly respected ‘sophisticated' whiskey, but it has never done anything for me. Good sherry character, but the whiskey itself is just too thin in the middle. I find it unbalanced.

Lot 40 Pot Still Single Canadian
Rye - Canada - 43.00%
7 Rich, sweet, liqueur-like. I would like to get to know this one better.

Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 This is a super little whiskey; a premium Jameson clone. And a good one too.



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