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Whisky Glossary : Spirit safe

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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The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America

 

Spirit safe

A glass fronted box through which spirit passes as it comes off the still. It is locked by Customs & Excise but enables the stillman to control the Distillation

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50 not out
In these times when both job security and loyalty are so often at a premium, it seems remarkable that one man has worked for the same company for 50 years. Even in the Scotch whisky industry, where f...

January 1970, Issue 84, page 8

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

October 2014, Issue 123, page 11

A question of choice
Michael Jacksonponders the age old question of what's your favourite

August 2006, Issue 58, page 11

A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery

March 2014, Issue 118, page 30

Back to life (Kilbeggan)
A unique occasion in the history of Irish whiskey took place recently – an old distillery came back to life –our man was on the spot for the first drops of spirit

June 2007, Issue 64, page 60

Boxing Clever
Joel Harrison explores the creation of a new blend.

March 2013, Issue 110, page 31

Bushmills Live
Enjoying the craic with a ‘money can't buy ticket'

July 2014, Issue 121, page 6

Coming of age (Campbeltown)
Three years in the making but now the latest spirit from Campbeltown is ready to make its debut

June 2007, Issue 64, page 54

Don't Drink and Drive
The Editor takes to the streets of Louisville for a round of drinking golf.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 48

Editor's Word
We live in a very noisy and auditorily overloaded world. Traffic noise, constant music from various sources, tannoy announcements, machinery drones and groans. It is almost a constant presence whether...

March 2012, Issue 102, page 5

Expanding Copenhagen
Joes Bates looks at the new Scandinavian store

September 2007, Issue 66, page 55

Glenweevil an everyday story of distilling folk 5
The story so far: Kevin accidentally stole a lorryload of Glenweenvil, and had to hide it at the distillery. The stolen whisky was passed off by Ruth as a newly-discovered stash of pre-war Glenweevil....

August 1999, Issue 5, page 82

Gone but not forgotten (Port Ellen)
In the latest of our new series,Gavin D Smith delves in to Port Ellen's past

April 2007, Issue 63, page 50

Highland survivor (Millburn)
In the latest of our series Gavin D Smith investigates another gem

June 2007, Issue 64, page 52

Inverness and beyond
We look at the region of Speyside round about Inverness

January 2007, Issue 61, page 34

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

July 2008, Issue 73, page 52

It's all Go-more (Bowmore)
Islay's meant to be all about tranquillity. But when Ian Buxton visited Bowmore it was anything but

November 2003, Issue 35, page 48

Lead on Macduff
Speyside's most eastern distillery is something of an enigma, but it's not without influence. Ian Buxton paid it a visit.

October 2003, Issue 34, page 44

Life through a lens
Rob Allanson goes behind the scenes of The Macallan's latest ambitious project and gains exclusive access to the people involved.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 14

Lost in Distillation
We head to Antrim to visit Bushmills Distillery to talk distilling and crafting whiskey in small batches

March 2012, Issue 102, page 34

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

Mellow fruitfulness?
DaveBroompacks his bags and racks up the air miles with whisky shows galore

October 2012, Issue 107, page 10

Muscial Spirits
Martine Nouet profiles two talented singer/songwriters in the world of whisky: Robin Laing and Norma Munro

April 2003, Issue 30, page 34

Not backing down
Gavin D. Smith visits the Grant family's new kid on the block.

September 2010, Issue 90, page 46

Party time
Everyone likes a birthday party. All your friends come round, there's food, and, if you're a distillery, plenty of whisky. Glengyle Distillery celebrated its fifth birthday with a global launch and c...

July 2009, Issue 81, page 8

Progressive Distilling
Lisa Weisstuch discovers an acoustic side to whisky making

March 2012, Issue 102, page 28

Relationships
In the latest in our series on whisky terms we reach the letter S.In the first of two parts,we look at American whiskey's use of the letter.

July 2008, Issue 73, page 33

Sliced, diced and matched with malt
Dave heads to one of the world's most famous fish markets to discover how Japanese seafood works with Scotch malt whisky

April 2008, Issue 71, page 59

Small and perfectly formed (Dalmore)
Great whisky, great scenery, great climate. Dalmore has just about got it all, as John D Lamond reports.

December 1999, Issue 7, page 56

The essential distillery guide
Duncan and Wendy Graham have travelled to every corner of Scotland in researching their book Visiting Distilleries. We asked them to pick the ten best visitor centres

September 2001, Issue 18, page 38

The experience game
Gavin D Smith discovers Glentauchers unplugged.

September 2008, Issue 74, page 24

The Orcadian phoenix
The Scapa Distillery is producing spirit regularly again after a two year renovation programme. Dominic Roskrow reports

October 2006, Issue 59, page 26

Where small is very beautiful (Edradour)
History lives at Edradour, the world's smallest Scotch whisky distillery, where traditional whisky-making methods remain unchanged to this day. Jane Slade describes the pleasures on offer when she sli...

February 2000, Issue 8, page 30

Whisky sales take off at Colombo airport
Joe Bates heads tothe Indian subcontinent tolook atSri Lanka's main airport.

February 2008, Issue 70, page 32

 

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Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Spirit Safe & Cask Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
8 Might lack subtlety,but sure as hell it definitely delivers.

Celtique Connexion Bruichladdich 1992 Spirit Safe & Cask Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 It took me a while to get past the very pale colour (white wine) and the distinctive aroma but, in the end, I liked this manifestation of The Laddie.

Celtique Connexion Mortlach 1989 Spirit Safe & Cask Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 Lacks contribution from wood. Lacks complexity.

 

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