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Whisky… you’ve got to understand it to appreciate it. Don’t know too much about it but keen to try? 

Come along and join Shane as he takes us on a taste journey. Entry is free; koha is welcome. 

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If you’re not a whisky aficionado, here are a few pointers on commonly used terms… and if you’d like further reading, visit Honest to a Malt (an ‘everything whisky’ site) hereNose: The aroma of the whisky.

  1. Palate: The taste/s found in the whisky.

  2. Finish: The aftertaste of the whisky, and how short or long it is.

  3. Blind: Tasting the whisky without knowing what it is.

  4. Legs: How much the whisky sticks to the side of the glass, indicating how thick and oily it is.

  5. Notes: The flavours, aromas, and other sensory characteristics of the whisky that you can identify.

  6. Flight: A line up of whiskies to try, usually 10-30 ml of each whisky per glass.

  7. Malt: A type of whisky made from malted barley.

  8. Grain: Refers to any whisky made, at least in part, from grains other than malted barley.

  9. Blend: Refers to a type of whisky made by blending different whiskies together.

  10. Single malt: Refers to a type of whisky made from malted barley from a single distillery.

  11. Single malt single cask: A single malt which is from one cask only.

  12. Age statement: The number of years the whisky has been aged in a cask.

  13. Cask strength: Whisky that has not been diluted with water after aging. It is bottled as it was taken from the cask or casks it was aged in.

  14. Mouthfeel: Refers to the texture or viscosity of the whisky in the mouth.

  15. Cask finish: Sometimes a whisky is transferred into a different cask for a finishing period to change the whisky profile. Often it is sherry casks used for 1 to 3 years after being in ex-bourbon casks.

  16. Peat: A type of moss that is used in the malting process of some whiskies, giving them a smoky flavor.

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