Whisky Glossary

Peated – The process of stopping the germination of barley to produce malt by burning peat during kilning. The peat smoke permeates the malted barley leaving a distinctive flavour.

Unpeated – The stopping of the malting process using heat. Usually a closed kiln is used in the production of Irish Whiskey.

Pot Still Whiskey – Special to Ireland. Pot Still Whiskey uses malted and un-malted barley in varying proportions and is triple distilled.

Blended Malt – Marriage of only Single Malts from different distilleries.

Blended Whisky – Marriage of Single Malts and Grain Whiskies.

Single Malt Whisky – Only uses Malted Barley and Oak Barrels from one distillery to produce Single Malt Whisky, cask contents are married in varying quantities to produce a consistent product from one year to the next.

Age Statement – The age that a bottle indicates, states the youngest whisky included in the production of the bottle.

Not Quite – Whisky needs to be aged in oak for a minimum of three years, if not, it isn’t Whisky, but, some are nearly there. e.g Abhainn Dearg’s Spirit of Lewis which is 2 years old.

No Age Statement – Some whiskies have no age statement on the bottle. It does not mean they are of a lesser quality. Mainly, it is because, when the Master Distiller samples the whisky, he/she may believe it is at its best at a certain point regardless of age.

Doublewood – Use of two casks. The first for the main maturation. The second for finishing to add different flavours, aromas and complexity.

Caribbean Cask/Rum/Sherry – After the first maturation in oak barrels (usually ex-Bourbon) the whisky is transferred into ex-rum/sherry casks for finishing.

W.I.P – Work in progress from the Glengyle Distillery. Not the finished article as the Master Distiller is still perfecting the product. It’s still lovely though.

Y.O. – Years old.