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Whisky Words: Lyne Arm

May 1, 2024

Whisky Words: Lyne Arm

The lyne arm is part of the still - also called the lye pipe - and it's what connects the top of the still to the condenser unit. The slope of the lye pipe is really important with regards to reflux in the final spirit.
Whisky Words: Low Wines

Apr 25, 2024

Whisky Words: Low Wines

In the intricate world of Scotch whisky production, every step holds significance and contributes to the rich tapestr...

Apr 17, 2024

Whisky Words: Coffey Still

A Coffey still, also known as a column still or continuous still, is a type of distillation apparatus patented by Aeneas Coffey in the 19th century. 
Whisky Words: Oak

Apr 11, 2024

Whisky Words: Oak

Oak plays a crucial role in the Scotch whisky production process, primarily during maturation.
Whisky Words: New Make Spirit

Mar 26, 2024

Whisky Words: New Make Spirit

New Make Spirit (NMS) is essentially the raw, undiluted spirit that emerges from the distillation process before it undergoes maturation in oak casks.
Whisky Words: Reflux

Mar 20, 2024

Whisky Words: Reflux

In Scotch whisky production, "reflux" refers to the process by which some of the vapour produced during distillation is condensed back into liquid and returned to the still for further distillation.
Whisky Words: Phenols

Mar 12, 2024

Whisky Words: Phenols

Phenols are a class of organic compounds that contribute to the aroma and taste of whisky. They are often associated with smokiness and medicinal notes commonly found in peated whiskies.
Whisky Words: Marrying

Mar 7, 2024

Whisky Words: Marrying

In the context of making Scotch whisky, "marrying" refers to the process of blending different batches or barrels of whisky together before bottling.
Whisky Words: Bung Hole

Feb 22, 2024

Whisky Words: Bung Hole

A bung hole is the hole on the top of a cask where you put the filler in to fill the spirit. And then once you've filled it, you will hammer in a bit of wood that is called a bung.
Whisky Words: Esters

Feb 7, 2024

Whisky Words: Esters

Esters are one of the groups of flavour compounds that we find in malt whisky. You create an ester by combining an acid with an alcohol, and these esters then give you the fruity, floral aromas that we can get in some Scotch whisky.
Whisky Words: Barrel

Feb 7, 2024

Whisky Words: Barrel

A barrel is a type of cask. It's used for making bourbon and it holds 200 litres of spirit. And it's always made from American oak. 
Whisky Words: Husk

Jan 29, 2024

Whisky Words: Husk

Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers says: “Husk is one of the components of the barleycorn. It's the outer protective shell that protects the whole corn."

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