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Whisky Glossary : Abv

Whisky Glossary and Definitions

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.

 
 

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Abv - Definition

Abv

Alcohol By Volume, often abbreviated to Abv

See also : Alcohol By Volume

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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

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A sense of place
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A Singular Idea
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A survivor
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A third step
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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.

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A trace of greatness
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September 2000, Issue 11, page 22

A wave of innovation
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A whisky treasure trove
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Above the clouds
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Ageing Gracefully
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Alchemy by the Bay
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Allocation of 'The Laddie'
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Arranged marriage
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Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions

March 2007, Issue 62, page 53

Ask the Expert
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July 2012, Issue 105, page 82

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October 2012, Issue 107, page 74

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April 2013, Issue 111, page 82

Ask the Expert
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Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.

Dry Fly Triticale
Grain - U.S.A. - 42.00%
8 A big, rich classic Bourbon note to this one. Well played.

Cooper's Choice Rosebank 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A reminder of a great Lowland malt lost.

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!

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.

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.

 

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