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.
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special
While oak ageing is an historic tradition, wood management is a far more recent discipline. The benefits of oak ageing have long been appreciated, rather than understood, but it's only since the 1970s...
August 2002, Issue 25, page 59
What happens when your lot remains unsold at auction
February 2014, Issue 117, page 80
100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit
Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 30
100 Greatest Whisky People
We highlight the people who have left a lasting legacy on the whisky world over the years.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 16
4 Roses blooming
As most American whiskeys look overseas for new drinkers, Four Roses finds its growth back home. Charles Cowdery investigates.
July 2008, Issue 73, page 14
50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history
July 2014, Issue 121, page 62
50 not out
In these times when both job security and loyalty are so often at a premium, it seems remarkable that one man has worked for the same company for 50 years. Even in the Scotch whisky industry, where f...
January 1970, Issue 84, page 8
?All Shook Up
?A round up of the auction world
September 2013, Issue 114, page 80
?Finding new uses for those forgotten bottles
September 2013, Issue 114, page 58
?Grouse shows its older colours
September 2013, Issue 114, page 78
?Something a little different
?Experimental casks and unconventional cocktails
September 2013, Issue 114, page 62
?The ?Forty Creek Factor?
?A Canadian whisky maker's journey into music
September 2013, Issue 114, page 45
?The beating heart of Ireland?
?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city
September 2013, Issue 114, page 51
A balance of tradition and efficiency (Speyburn)
Deanston Distillery is something of a hidden gem. Ian Buxton visited it
April 2006, Issue 55, page 26
A barrel of laughs
Brian Hennigan chuckles his way through a rich supply of Scottish whisky humour
August 2002, Issue 25, page 18
A big hand for gambling nights
Social poker nights both at home or at style bars and clubs have been the fad trend of 2005 – and whisky has been the drink of choice. Rob Allanson reports
January 2006, Issue 53, page 18
A blue grass state of mind
Now in its 16th year, this annual event has become the gathering for bourbon fans. Rob Allanson went to find out more.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 56
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 Bridge Further
Whisky chef Martine Nouet looks at some extreme pairings
March 2012, Issue 102, page 57
A Canadian Feast
Martine Nouet heads north for a challenging pairing
March 2011, Issue 94, page 52
A Capital Event
Whisky Live London attracted a new audience this year. Rob Allanson reports
June 2006, Issue 56, page 54
A Case for Blends
Gavin D. Smithis a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and the author of more than a dozen books about whisky, along with several on beer and Scottish history. He is also contributing editor of www...
September 2011, Issue 98, page 13
A case of Norwegian wood
Martin Moodle conducts his annual survey on what's hot - and good value - in the duty free shops of the world
August 2002, Issue 25, page 56
A China crisis?
Dominic Roskrow considers what the long term effects of an increased demand for whisky might be
March 2006, Issue 54, page 5
A choice dram
Tom Bruce-Gardyne meets one of single-cask bottling's real success stories, as Lorne Mackillop and his Mackillop's Choice label go from strength to strength
May 2002, Issue 22, page 48
A City of Secret Spots
Davin de Kergommeauxgoes searching in Taipei for some excellent bars
December 2012, Issue 108, page 46
A class of their own
Tom Bruce-Gardyne looks into the story of the Haig empire
October 2002, Issue 26, page 48
A Cocktail Revolution
The rise of new age methods of ageing
March 2015, Issue 126, page 58
A country beyond kentucky
Think American whiskey and you think Kentucky. But across the United States there are other options – including the biggest of them all
April 2008, Issue 71, page 38
A cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside
November 2004, Issue 44, page 34
A cut (or two) above the rest
After reading this disturbing Scotland-based offering from Christopher Brookmyre you'll never look at school reunions the same way again says Jefferson Chase.
January 2006, Issue 53, page 47
A day in the life... (Richard Paterson)
Dave Broom follows JBB's Richard Paterson on a typical working day and learns much about blending, showbiz and living life at full pelt
July 2001, Issue 17, page 20
A Decade of Challenges
Martine Nouetheads to Sweden to find out what has been happening at the country's foremost distillery
February 2012, Issue 101, page 34
BenRiach Heredotus Famosus Pedro Ximinez Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Fantastic balance and richness of character.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Sting of a bee 42.5 1973 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 Very satisfying.A beautiful bourbon cask maturation. Superb to match with a cheesecake or lemon meringue pie. But the sting of the bee must be blunt,I did not feel it.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 33.70 Ardbeg Keith Richards meets Socrates 1998 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 An effusively phenolic smouldering hulk. Recommended.
Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 7 What was already a very fine (if underrated) 12yo has been given greater depth with a bump up in strength and non chill filtering. It's now one of the best on the market.
BenRiach 17 Years Old 1993 Burgundy Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Just a little lacking in full integration. You can sense the whisky sitting underneath the finish.
BenRiach 17 Years Old 1992 Rioja Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Slightly over-active finishing cask has had a negative effect.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.17 Mannochmore Oozes Juiciness 1992 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 Don't water. Decent aperitif dram.
The Macallan 1949, 50 Years Old, Millennium
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 A beautifully composed, luxurious whisky.
The Macallan 1979 18 Years Old, Gran Reserva
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Strictly for lovers of powerfully oaked whiskies.
Highland Park 1977 Bicentenary Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 My favourite expression of whisky's greatest all rounder. Sets an incredibly high standard for Highland Park to maintain.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 9 Frighteningly good. Godzilla is alive and well and living in Campbeltown.
Black Bull 40 Years Old Batch No. 2
Blended - Scotland - 41.90% 9 A pure beauty. The age without the wrinkles...
Highland Park 1970 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 9 A slow, learned intellectual of a malt. If you are going to put out a 40yo, here's the benchmark.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 Batch 1
Blended - Scotland - 50.30% 9 Stunning stuff! Intense and spicy. If this isn't whisky of the month I'll eat my shorts!
Ardbeg 1976, Distillery Manager's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 9 Real Ardbeg peatiness and smokiness.
The Macallan 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A lovely whisky in its own right, but not quite as layered as the best vintages.
The Macallan 1961 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 This one I loved. The flavours have melded beautifully, in what must have been an excellent cask.
The Macallan 50 Years Old, Millennium Decanter
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 This is on the woody side. A little too woody for me in its late astringency, but it is always a privilege to taste such old whiskies.
Adelphi Highland Park 17 Years Old, Cask 2903
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 9 That dance might have been led by Fred Astaire. The great all-rounder in lean and energetic mood. Makes it look easy. Try it with a late-night movie.
Talisker 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 Loch Harport on a winter's day, gale force eight! Less peppery than younger versions. Complex, endearing, balanced. 18 seems a perfect age for malts.
The Balvenie 1970 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60% 9 Extraordinarily distinctive. All the characteristics I expect in Balvenie, but I have never experienced them in such a concentrated intensity.
The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40% 9 The ultimate dessert dram. Beautifully composed.
Glenfarclas 43 Years Old, Cognac Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.70% 9 Incredibly “alive” for a 43 Years Old whisky. Absolutely wonderful. Fully matured or just finished in a cognac cask ? Whatever, it worked superbly.
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 12 Years Old Bourbon From Floor #5
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 The clarity of the rye is absolutely stunning. If it turns out that there's no rye here then I'm a Dutchman!
Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.00% 9 Like walking into a French pâtisserie in a small rural Gascony village.
Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 9 An enticing expression of old age. Forever young! With elegance and style.
Cadenhead's 10 Years Old, Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 I especially like bourbons when they are big and robust. This is both hearty and complex. A wonderful winter warmer.
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Gold Signature
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 This jewel is bursting with life and joie de vivre, like a bright aromatic rainbow. Want a wee refill?
Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70% 9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.
Glenmorangie Fino Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 A marriage made in heaven.
Highland Park 1977 Bicentenary Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 After that voluptuous dinner.
Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 A drop in strength from the Special Release expressions but a massive upping in complexity. An instant classic.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Highland Park
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.70% 9 A fruity little number, which is well balanced with enough earthy tones to play well with the flighty fruits. Yum!
The Balvenie 12 Years Old, Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 Yet richer, and fruitier.
3 replies. Old Rarity Age?
2 replies. Value & age needed
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2 replies. Images of Islay Finlaggan
0 replies. Suntory Royal 15 Year Aged 2006 Limited Ex
3 replies. A heavy, oaky malty scotch, well aged.
0 replies. A heavy, oaky malty scotch, well aged.
5 replies. Macallan 25 - Correct Vintage?
0 replies. Bell's Hawaii Decanter - Salvageable?
2 replies. When age doesn't let you down