A-Z of Whisky by Gavin Smith

By Gavin Smith

This is often the revised 3rd version of the entire A-Z of the realm of whisky. Definitions, derivations, resources and meanings of each possible whisky-related note are incorporated from aftershots to wort when it comes to Irish, Islay and peat reek. No linguistic stone is left unturned through Smith during this so much crucial of reference works for the whisky fanatic. Now absolutely up-to-date with many new references and revised entries, the A-Z is a needs to for all whisky fanatics all over the world. 'As a resource of reference it truly is trustworthy and speedy accessed...as an aide memoire it's helpful' - Charles MacLean.

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Here, the right side of Watford, balls of Malt/Are more than just the prelude to assault'. Ball here is perhaps an anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic word beal, which means 'mouth', though in Scots Gaelic ball can mean 'bowl'. Flann O'Brien uses malt in this sense as synonymous with whiskey, 'Lowers self into seat with great care, grips table to arrest devastating shaking in hands. Calls for glass of malt. Spills water all over table'. , DtMO) barley From the Old English baerlic. A hardy, awned cereal of genus Hordeum.

Donald Mackinlay describes the task facing a blender in selecting whiskies as being not unlike that facing a host choosing guests for a dinner party. 'There are some which clash with each other, producing a discordant result, while others enhance one another, bringing out their best qualities to advantage'. (MSW). It has been suggested that, 'master blenders, like great poets, are born'. (SGtS) but one great poet who would probably not have appreciated the analogy was CM Grieve, better known as Hugh MacDiarmid.

GDC) Neil Wilson writes that, 'Alcohol accumulates whenever yeast ferments and since yeast cannot utilise alcohol, it becomes one of the major by-products of fermentation which may be summarised as: C6H12O6 > 2(C2H5OH) +2(CO2) Glucose Ethanol Carbon Dioxide (S&W) The standard European measure for strength of liquor, that is, the amount of alcohol it contains, is now the percentage of alcohol by volume, which has largely replaced the expression of strength in terms of ⇒proof. ) The essential principle of all such liquids as give a man a black eye'.

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