Unlike wine, for example, whisky is not really about mystification, but it does bring its own jargon. Any unusual terms you are likely to come across are described and defined in this section.
A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
?Grouse shows its older colours
September 2013, Issue 114, page 78
A bourbon thoroughbred
Stuart Maclean Ramsay was totally sedcued by Kentucky's smallest distillery, which uses Scottish copper pot stills and a rare method of distillation.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 30
A brave new world
The world of whisky may well still be dominated by the big five traditional producers,but they're no longer having it all their own way.Dominic Roskrow looks at the new wave of world whisky
September 2007, Issue 66, page 18
A brave new world
Using his knowledge and passion for wine,whisky maker John Hall is creating one of the most iconic Canadian brands, Rob Allanson went to find out why.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 45
A captivating cocktail
Ian Wisniewski looks at the Atholl Brose
June 2006, Issue 56, page 25
A Cocktail Revolution
The rise of new age methods of ageing
March 2015, Issue 126, page 58
A drop of the soft stuff
Ian Wisniewski assesses the effect of the water used in whisky production and as mixer on the drink we love
October 2002, Issue 26, page 52
A Highland Queen
A Custodian Collection from Tullibardine
January 2016, Issue 133, page 29
A Little Piece of History
Once, Old Crow was synonymous with quality bourbon, but for some years it has been lost in the wilderness. Now it's set a new lease of life. Dominic Roskrow reports
January 2011, Issue 93, page 22
A Locavore's Tipple
Liza Weisstuch goes in search of slow food whiskey
February 2013, Issue 109, page 34
A matter of art in a glass
What makes a great blend,and why do the biggest brands command such loyalty? Ian Buxton reports
October 2005, Issue 51, page 22
A New Malt is Born
Isle of Harris Distillery fills its first casks
March 2016, Issue 134, page 6
A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market
December 2010, Issue 92, page 58
A Phoenix from the flames
It's nearly 10 years since a major fire all but destroyed a great part of Heaven Hill. But the distillery's now thriving and going from strength to strength. Charles Cowdery reports
July 2005, Issue 49, page 25
A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery
March 2014, Issue 118, page 30
A right royal return (Carneronbridge)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds that Carneronbridge Distillery is ready to return to the public eye after years in the background of the Scottish whisky industry- all thanks to a member of the Royal family
February 2002, Issue 21, page 38
A sense of place
Joe Bates finds a warm welcome in Sweden.
February 2009, Issue 78, page 34
A Singular Idea
Mark Gillespie explores Buffalo Trace's single oak project
February 2012, Issue 101, page 24
A Still Called Annie
The spirit starts to flow in Glasgow
September 2015, Issue 130, page 19
Our man visits one of ‘Scotland's oldest distilleries'
April 2014, Issue 119, page 30
A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling
February 2014, Issue 117, page 36
A touch of glass
There is no doubt that the glass you use has an effect on the appreciation of the spirit therein. Marcin Miller investigate further.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 46
A trace of greatness
Stuart Maclean Ramsay roams among the magnificent buffalo of Kentucky.
September 2000, Issue 11, page 22
A wave of innovation
Our man visits this venerable Canadian distillery that has a few tricks up its sleeve
June 2013, Issue 112, page 42
A whisky treasure trove
A report from the the duty free event of the year
December 2013, Issue 116, page 78
A-Z of the world's best blends
Ailsa Craig Company: A Dewar Rattray Age: none ABV: 40% Territories: NA Description: smoky but has a unique and unusual taste created by the harsh grain and the oily and interesting malt content The...
October 2004, Issue 43, page 24
Above the clouds
Joe Bates gives in-flight duty-free a chance.
July 2009, Issue 81, page 34
Aelia Opens up at Luton
New duty free store opens including a whisky tasting bar
September 2016, Issue 138, page 66
The quiet son of Islay whiskies, Bunnahabhain, is to launch a oneoff limited edition 40 Years Old single malt whisky.
December 2012, Issue 108, page 8
Alchemy by the Bay
Stuart MacLean Ramsay takes a trip to the US west coast and checks out three very different but equally daring and passionate distillers
December 2001, Issue 20, page 38
Allocation of 'The Laddie'
Autres temps, autres mœurs. Times are a changing for the new French owners of Bruichladdich
June 2014, Issue 120, page 22
An Original Choice
Paul John whisky from Goa
September 2016, Issue 138, page 43
So how do whiskies cope once they have come of age and are ready for single-malt marriage? Ian Wisniewski investigates
June 2003, Issue 31, page 72
As easy as A,B,C
New to whisky? Then this new series goes back to basics. Dominic Roskrow explains
October 2006, Issue 59, page 74
As esay as one, two, three?
Peter Mulryan looks at the increasingly rare art of triple distillation
March 2003, Issue 29, page 58
Lombard Single Malt Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 This can only come from one distillery in Scotland. Unique and stunning!
The Antiquary 35 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 9 I need a big cigar, my slippers and a leather armchair next to a roaring fire to appreciate this!
Royal Brackla 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Gentle and mature. The perfect dram, to unwind after a hard day at the office!
Lombard Single Malt Teaninich 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Another whisky where the palate fails to deliver to what the nose promises!
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.70% 8 Like a beautiful and entertaining tapestry. A work of art.
Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.
Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 8 Pleasant, soft and subtle. However I think it might have benefited from being bottled at 46% ABV, which would have given the palate a little more intensity.
The Blended Whisky Company The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 5
Blended - Scotland - 50.40% 8 Is this a 25 year old grain whisky? It certainly feels like one. Very impressive.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50% 8 You would have thought at this ABV it needs water, but that just makes it overly sweet and confected.
Aberfeldy 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Aberfeldy handles sherry and age well. A fine example, but a shame this is bottled at 40% ABV.
Old Particular Cameronbridge 25 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.60% 8 Who says grain whiskies have no body? A fantastic, middle aged grain.
Label 5 Extra Rare 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I had a sneaky feeling whilst nosing this that the oak would be too over-powering for the palate. I was correct in that assumption.
Single Malts of Scotland Glen Grant 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 I think this could have done with more time in the cask.
Dry Fly Triticale
Grain - U.S.A. - 42.00% 8 A big, rich classic Bourbon note to this one. Well played.
Elements of Islay Peat
Blended Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 8 Neat, this is superb. I love the way the nose slowly unwinds to reveal layers of complexity.
Knappogue Castle Single Malt Whiskey 14 Years Old Twin Wood
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 I hoped the ‘funkiness' of the nose would follow through on to the palate, but it was more conservative.
Cooper's Choice Rosebank 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A reminder of a great Lowland malt lost.
Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Classic American oak-matured Bablair. Lack of chill-filtration and enhanced ABV really suit the brand.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company North British Batch 2
Single Grain - Scotland - 49.30% 8 A lovely, fresh, young grain. Avoid water – the alcohol gives it intensity.
Douglas Laing Cask Strength
Blended Malt - Scotland - 53.60% 8 A seriously entertaining dram... As long as you have a bit of a herbal fetish that is!
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 8 At 51.5% ABV a drop or two of water is needed to open up and soften what is otherwise quite a full-on whisky.
Glencadam 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 Lingering, summery and takes ages to finish. Like a good Test Match.
Master of Malt Tormore Single Cask Series
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20% 7 Interesting whisky but the high ABV requires some precautions. Time, a dash of water and you have an energetic and talkative dram!
Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70% 7 A confident, well-rounded cask strength expression from an often underrated distillery.
Grant's 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A delicate and enticing whisky which would have benefited from a higher strength. When you want to try a little tenderness.
Glen Breton Rare 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Canada - 43.00% 7 This whisky shows a pleasant degree of maturity and is fuller bodied than what I would have expected, but it still displays some lovely Canadian graininess.
Master of Malt Lowland Single Malt 2nd Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Hard to pin a great deal on this one. The nose has its merits, but you really have to search for them.
CaskStrength Cutty Sark
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40% 7 The nose is more enticing than the palate. But a decent dram on the whole.
The Dalmore Valour
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 There is this odd strawberry aroma note on the nose. The palate is better structured but it could have benefited a higher strength I feel.
Tomatin Cask Strength Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 It has its plus points and its minus points. I would avoid diluting it though!
Murray McDavid Benchmark: Tobermory 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Luckily, it hasn't been compromised by sulphur tainted sherry butts.
Aultmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The nose displays a lovely freshness and though the rather dominant oak reigns that freshness in on the palate, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable aperitif style whisky.
Glen Breton Single Malt Whisky Ice 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Canada - 57.20% 7 You have to love its youthful intensity.
Borders Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Single Grain - Scotland - 51.70% 7 It's interesting to note that the sulphur on the palate isn't really noticeable on the nose.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glenallachie Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70% 7 Not my favoured style of whisky and for that reason... I'm out!
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