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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."
Whisky Words: Quaich

Jan 22, 2024

Whisky Words: Quaich

Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers says: “A quaich is a small two handled drinking vessel that you can drink whisky out of. It used to be used for friendship ceremonies and it can be used at weddings for joining the two families. 

Jan 16, 2024

Whisky Words: Caramel Colouring

Caramel colouring refers to the addition of E150a, a colour compound, which can be used in the Scotch whisky industry for consistency of colour.
Whisky Words: Pagoda

Jan 10, 2024

Whisky Words: Pagoda

Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers explains: “A pagoda is the roof of a kiln that enhances natural ventilation. It used to be in every distillery, there'd be a kiln and a pagoda roof. It was invented by Charles Doig, and the first one was built at Dailuaine distillery on Speyside.”

Jan 3, 2024

Congeners

Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers says: “Congeners are chemical compounds that can either provide a taste or p...
What is an aroma?

Aug 16, 2023

What is an aroma?

An aroma (noun) is typically defined as a distinctive, pervasive and usually pleasant or savoury smell. When apprecia...
Whisky Words: Faraday Still

Aug 16, 2023

Whisky Words: Faraday Still

Penderyn's unique Faraday Still, is a single copper pot attached to a column installed with perforated plates. As the...
Whisky Words: Angels’ Share

Aug 16, 2023

Whisky Words: Angels’ Share

The Angels' Share refers to the amount of ethanol and water that is lost due to evaporation during ageing. During mat...
Whisky Words: Peat Reek

Aug 16, 2023

Whisky Words: Peat Reek

Peat is decaying plant matter found throughout Scotland and in parts of Europe. It is commonly used as a source of fu...

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