By Gavin Smith
This is often the revised 3rd version of the total A-Z of the realm of whisky. Definitions, derivations, resources and meanings of each attainable whisky-related notice are incorporated from aftershots to wort when it comes to Irish, Islay and peat reek. No linguistic stone is left unturned by way of Smith during this so much crucial of reference works for the whisky fanatic. Now totally up-to-date with many new references and revised entries, the A-Z is a needs to for all whisky lovers around the world. 'As a resource of reference it really is trustworthy and speedy accessed...as an aide memoire it's beneficial' - Charles MacLean.
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1100, according to McNulty; the idea came from the Arabs, and it was used in the medical school at Salerno. The alembic soon came to be used for the production of spirit to drink, which McNulty describes as being ' ... flavoured with raisins to make a kind of primitive liqueur. 1374, 'This Troylus in teres gan distille, As licour out of alambic, fulle fast'. The English word is adopted from the French ⇒alambic, itself an adaptation of the Arabic al-anbiq (al meaning 'the', plus anbiq meaning 'a still'), and the OED records that the term was aphetized from as early as the 15th century to lembick, limbick, and that the full form rarely appears again until the 17th century.
However, as Malachy Magee relates in 1000 Years of Irish Whiskey, 'The new measure ... came as a bitter blow to the Coffey still operators, many of whom sold off the spirit almost straight from the still and had no warehousing facilities. ' Subsequently the government took control of the ⇒Coffey or ⇒patent still distilleries and used them for the production of spirit for explosives. By that time there was a new Minister for Munitions, none other than David Lloyd George. The Republic of Ireland continues to insist on a minimum maturation period of three years for its whiskeys, as do the Canadian and Japanese governments, whilst in the United States of America the legal requirement of bonding is two years for Bourbon, Tennessee and 'straight rye' whiskeys.
The group of distillers whose fortunes were made during the blended whisky boom included Buchanan, Dewar, Walker and Peter Mackie of White Horse fame, whilst the already well-established whisky house of Haig grew in stature and in wealth. 'The "big five" of blended whisky', as Daiches terms them, ultimately all came under the control of The Distillers Company Limited, now superseded by Diageo plc. The company produces the leading brand of Scotch whisky in five of the top ten markets in the world, and it is interesting to note that approximately 20% of the bottled Scotch whisky exported is Johnnie Walker.