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Whisky Glossary : Reflux

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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Reflux

Vapour high in alcohol that returns to the still for further Distillation In pot stills the shape of the Lyne Arm can be the reason; in continuous stills it is a method of controlling the final spirit.

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

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 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 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 future classic from a modern distillery
John Lamond visits the Isle of Arran Distilleryy, a modern distillery that produces a whisky that may well have enthusiasts challenging their own perception of what is their favourite malt

April 2001, Issue 15, page 28

Are regional labels a dodgy area?
How important is regionalism to the character of whisky, and can broad generalisations be made? Ian Wisniewski considers

November 2004, Issue 44, page 56

BackfromthebrinkforScapa
TheScapadistilleryonOrkneyistobereopenedfulltimeafteryearsofneglectDominicRoskrowvisitedit

July 2004, Issue 41, page 44

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

Claiming the title
Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery

June 2013, Issue 112, page 31

Cometh the hour
Fettercairn has been at best ignored and at worst pilloried for many years now. But a fight back is underway. Dominic Roskrow follows a two year rehabilitation campaign

October 2010, Issue 91, page 40

Cutting no corners (The Macallan)
The Macallan is one of the truly iconic distilleries but it is not resting on its laurels. Dominic Roskrow went to stay there

April 2007, Issue 63, page 32

Dispelling the myths
This month, Diageo's £40 million complex at Roseisle opened its doors to the press, offering an insight into one of Scotland's most ambitious - and controversial distillery projects in the last deca...

October 2010, Issue 91, page 46

Distilling with Swiss Precision
Ian Buxton finds there's more to Switzerland than cheese, cuckoo clocks and cow bells

June 2012, Issue 104, page 33

Fluid Dynamics
Ian Wisniewski asks what is reflux, and what influence does this have?

April 2011, Issue 95, page 34

Foreshots and Feints
The quality of a new make spirit is crucial to making good whisky. Ian Wisniewski delves deeper into the process

August 2006, Issue 58, page 61

From Eau-de-Vie to Uisge Beatha
Alex Kraaijeveld looks at the growth of alternative distillers worldwide – and he likes what he sees

June 2002, Issue 23, page 60

Glen Grant and the Italian Influence
Gavin interviews Dennis Malcolm, born on site in 1946 and still very much involved

September 2014, Issue 122, page 26

Heart of the community
Visiting one of the most distinctive distilleries in Scotland

July 2013, Issue 113, page 44

Holy Smoke
Martine Nouet looks at the kiln's part in whisky making

September 2012, Issue 106, page 28

Hudson Valley - A New Beginning in Distilling
A sneak preview of New York's newest whiskies

July 2014, Issue 121, page 44

Irish giant
Dave Broom concludes his indepth investigation of the Irish whiskey industry

July 2008, Issue 73, page 52

It all comes out in the wash
Every part of the distillation process is crucial to making good whisky. Ian Wisniewski explains

July 2006, Issue 57, page 64

Let the whisky speak
Our man follows craft distiller Chip Tate on a mission to Scotland

March 2014, Issue 118, page 38

Liquid mystery (Lagavulin)
What makes Lagavulin great? Dave Broom goes in search of answers at the home of one the world's most elusive malts.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 28

Liquid thunder, storm in a glass
Talisker is an icon malt and it's celebrating its 175th anniversary. Dave Broom takes a walk on its wildside.

October 2005, Issue 51, page 36

Macallan marathon
Marcin Miller joined a very select number of invited guests for the ultimate Macallan tasting.

July 2002, Issue 24, page 14

Meet the awkward squad
The basic process of making whisky is similar throughout the world. But there are always some who have to be different. Dave Broom meets the misfits

March 2005, Issue 46, page 44

Northern Highland highlights
Gavin D Smith visits three Diageo distilleries in search of a sense of regionalisation.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 46

Not as Daft as it Seems (Daftmill)
Neil Wilson visits this pretty farmhouse distillery

April 2012, Issue 103, page 34

On her Majesty's service (Royal Lochnagar)
Royal Lochnagar is an iconic distillery that ticks all the whisky lovers' boxes. Ian Buxton visited it

August 2006, Issue 58, 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

Spirit of the times
In the first of a two part series looking at new make spirit, Ian Wisniewski considers the range of characteristics that appear in new make spirit,and how they are created.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 28

Stalking the stag
The Dalmore is a sleeping giant but it's starting to stir. Dominic Roskriw visited one of Scotland's strangest distilleries.

June 2008, Issue 72, page 38

Standing out from the pack
Cragganmore is an anomaly – a maverick Speysider chosen by its owners to represent the Speyside region, a quiet and complex malt produced at a distillery in the shadow of the mighty and getting migh...

July 2010, Issue 89, page 40

 

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