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Whisky Glossary : Spirit 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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Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

Spirit still

In Pot Still distillation, the second (occasionally third) still of the process.

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

March 2014, Issue 118, page 30

A Road Less Travelled
Gavin D. Smith follows the Northern Highland Whisky Trail

July 2011, Issue 97, page 34

A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling

February 2014, Issue 117, page 36

Alike in dignity (Ardmore and Glendronach)
Ardmore and Glendronach have much in common but at the moment their experiences are very different. Dominic Roskrow visited both

July 2007, Issue 65, page 32

All in the Mash
Iorwerth Griffiths explores a particularly Irish style

March 2011, Issue 94, page 18

Beauty is in the glass of the beholder (Old Pulteney)
Gavin D Smith tells the story of Old Pulteney, a beautiful whisky from a 'ginm, windswpt fishing town.'

February 2001, Issue 14, page 38

Bladnoch's bold revival
Gavin Smith retraces the resurrection of Scotland's most southerly distillery, and discovers why it is being directed by an Irishman.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 28

Born again- and again and again (Benromach)
Benromach Distillery reopened last year, for the sixth time in its hundred-year history. Jim Murray hopes that this time it's for good

June 1999, Issue 4, page 28

Bring Back the Flavour
Dave Broom reflects on the changing fortunes of the Irish whiskey market

June 2011, Issue 96, page 10

Burning Issues
How often have we read in a distillery's history a phrase along the lines of “…the following year much of the site was devastated by fire…”? Gavin D Smith investigates in the first part of our...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 48

Celtic Cousins - Made in Bretagne
Martine Nouet looks at the whisky industry in Northern France – and plots its Celtic roots

November 2004, Issue 44, page 26

Chills and thrills (Yoichi)
Dave Broomtries to discover the secret of Nikka by visiting its North Japanese Yoichi distillery

October 2003, Issue 34, page 32

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

Craft Fair?
Has the distillation world effectively spawned an uncontrollable, unregulated monster

September 2014, Issue 122, page 22

Cragganmore: the reclusive classic
Gavin Smith coaxes this hermit crab distillery out of its shell

August 2002, Issue 25, page 52

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

Enduring Irish heritage
Gavin D.Smith looks at the legendary home of one of Ireland's celebrated whiskeys.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 32

English Spirit
Gavin D. Smith looks at the lost distillers of Merseyside

June 2011, Issue 96, page 30

Experimental focus
We discover a hive of innovation in Speyside

October 2013, Issue 115, page 44

Exploring the geography of taste.
Alex Kraaijevild examines whether there is a correlation between the taste of whisky and distillery location.

February 2001, Issue 14, page 44

First of the royal malts (Royal Brackla)
Ian Buxton discovers the charms of Royal Brackla, also a RAF base at one time

September 2003, Issue 33, page 44

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

Fort William's loss
Gavin D.Smith charts the history of one of the two Fort William distilleries,Glenlochy.

July 2009, Issue 81, page 32

Fortune comes knocking (Knockdhu)
Knockdhu is an oddball distillery that defies categorisation.It's owned by Whisky Magazine Distiller of the Year,Inver House.Dominic Roskrow visited it.

January 2008, Issue 69, page 40

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

 

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