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Whisky Glossary : Age Statement

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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Age Statement

The Age of the whisky stated on the bottle

See also : Age

?Ramsay's handiwork
?Grouse shows its older colours

September 2013, Issue 114, page 78

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 Matter of Age
Ed Bates is a freelance whisky writer, taster and industry commentator. He has worked for various spirit companies including independent bottlers Berry Bros. & Rudd

March 2011, Issue 94, page 11

A sense of place
Joe Bates finds out how the new Frankfurt store gets local.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 36

A trace of greatness
Stuart Maclean Ramsay roams among the magnificent buffalo of Kentucky.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 22

Age before beauty
Does older always mean better with whisky? Gavin Smith looks at the facts

May 2002, Issue 22, page 63

Age Concern
Tom BG began writing about drink 20 years ago, starting with wine and progressing to whisky when he moved back to Scotland in 1998. He has worked for The Sunday Telegraph, Decanter, Harpers and Whisky...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 13

Ageing Gracefully
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

Airside Tested
Jonny recommends some travel retail exclusives

September 2014, Issue 122, page 79

Are we running out
Probably not, says Charles Cowdery, but supplies are as tight as they have been in many years

March 2006, Issue 54, page 56

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

Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

September 2008, Issue 74, page 36

Ask the Expert
If you have a question for John, send it to editorial@whiskymag.com or by post to Questions & Answers, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

December 2011, Issue 100, page 97

Ask the Expert
I'm hoping that you could help me with some information on a bottle of Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg. Distilled in 1974, the label says it was bottled in 1996 at ABV 40%. I am hoping th...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 82

Ask The Expert
I have several hand-blown bottles of the Bowmore Bicentennial edition, complete with the wooden case. It is one of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted but it seems too valuable for me to drink at t...

October 2012, Issue 107, page 74

Ask the expert
I was given an unopened bottle of 1961 Gooderham's Centennial Whisky. How much is this bottle worth? C Lacroix, Canada This is a bottle of blended Canadian whisky 15 Years Old bottled by Gooderham an...

March 2013, Issue 110, page 72

Ask the expert
I am a great fan of single malt Scotch whisky and I have tried to visit every distillery in Scotland. My passion comes from a visit to Bowmore distillery when I met Jim McEwan. Since that time, I ha...

April 2014, Issue 119, page 82

At the still
Dave takes us through the production process.

September 2008, Issue 74, page 59

Australian Whisky Accent
Chris Middleton has a background in global whisky marketing, freelance whisky writing and is director of a recently established whisky distillery in Austalia

June 2011, Issue 96, page 11

Behind the stick
Dave finds himself on the other side of the bar, dispensing wisdom and drams

June 2012, Issue 104, page 10

Bespoke Blending
Can you blend it with the best

July 2014, Issue 121, page 38

Birds of a feather
A look at how our feathered friends appear on the labels

April 2014, Issue 119, page 36

Blue is the colour
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a thoroughbred whisky but does it live up to the hype? Ian Buxton got close and personal

July 2006, Issue 57, page 50

Breaking China
The future, it would seem, belongs to ever greater concentration on the top end

December 2012, Issue 108, page 11

Can the price be right?
In this issue we wanted to look act the effect of discounting. Who better qualified to pass comment than drinkers themselves. So we put two questions to members of the WhiskyMag.com forum about how th...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 16

Clear as mud?
When is a Cardhu not a Cardhu? Dave Broom investigates

September 2003, Issue 33, page 12

Collecting and Selecting
Fred and his search for that rare American whiskey

July 2014, Issue 121, page 12

Decoding labels
he whisky label is a treasure trove of information if you know how to crack the codes. Graham Moore reveals all

February 2000, Issue 8, page 50

Desperately seeking Spey what
The Speyside Festival starts April 28th. To mark the event Michael Jackson visits the region and considers its boundaries

April 2005, Issue 47, page 24

Editor's Word
There has been a lot of chatter on the social media sites recently about Diageo's latest addition to the Talisker line up, and it throws up that age old topic of age statements, good or bad? It looks...

March 2013, Issue 110, page 5

Fashion Invasion
Joe Bate reports on how whiskey arrived in style at Belfast City.

July 2010, Issue 89, page 36

Feeling positive
Davereflects on recent column inches about the World Whisky Awards and other announcements

June 2008, Issue 72, page 11

Festival Takes Off
Our man gets to the heart of the Islay Whisky Festival and uncovers some gems.

July 2010, Issue 89, page 57

Fit for kings
Noble qualities created Chivas Regal, the 'Chieftain's Tipple' and royals' favourite. Charles MacLean explores the history of the Chivas brand.

October 1999, Issue 6, page 60

From the Editor
The price of whisky in British shops comes tumbling down at Christmas every year. Five pounds off a bottle of malt is common; £1.50 off a blend. “Great,” is our reaction to such a situation. The...

April 2000, Issue 9, page 5

 

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Signatory Clynelish 1995, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20%
8 A lovely balance of warmth and perfume, it feels older than its age.

Johnnie Walker Platinum 18 years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Though I miss Gold at this age statement this is a worthy replacement with a little more overt Walker characteristics: smoke and a sherried grip.

World Whiskies Awards 2011 - World's Best Blended Whisky - Winner

Hibiki 21 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
8 Leaner, drier, less estery and more oaky than the version that has no age statement. I like each equally, in its own right.

Ledaig 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Another that's growing in character. I'm looking forward to the 12 Years Old.

Glenfiddich 12 Years Old, Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Glenfiddich has much more roundness of flavour since it switched from 'no age statement' to 12 years.

The Glenlivet 21 Years Old Archive
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
7 Slightly sweeter, fuller and more structured than an earlier (younger) version with no age statement.

Glen Grant No Age Statement
- Scotland - 40.00%
Have it long with ice,soda or ginger. Lacks the character you'd want from a single malt,but a pleasant drink.

 

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