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Whisky Glossary : Ageing

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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Ageing

Whisk(e)y ages in oak casks; once it is bottled no further Ageing takes place.

See also : Age


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

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

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 dream of a distillery (Arran)
Our Mystery Visitor travels to Arran

November 2003, Issue 35, page 42

A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market

December 2010, Issue 92, page 58

A rare breed (Wild Turkey)
Wild Turkey is an old-fashioned American spirit, full of character, with an ability to seduce all-comers. Stuart Maclean-Ramsay pays his respects.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 38

A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery

March 2014, Issue 118, page 30

A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling

February 2014, Issue 117, page 36

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

September 2000, Issue 11, page 22

A world all of its own
Whisky Live Tokyo has just taken place.Dave Broom tries to make sense of it all

March 2006, Issue 54, page 12

Ageing Warehouses in Kentucky
We look at conditions within warehouses used to age bourbon

July 2014, Issue 121, page 42

An alternative whisky map of the world...
Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes an irreverent look at the world's 15 largest whisky markets - plus the characters and caricatures you might find in each country. The world of whisky is full of exaggerated per...

July 2002, Issue 24, page 24

Are regional labels a dodgy area?
How important is regionalism to the character of whisky, and can broad generalisations be made? Ian Wisniewski considers

November 2004, Issue 44, 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
John Rose answers another selection of readers' letters

April 2006, Issue 55, page 54

BackintheUSSR
InthesecondpartofhisfeatureonRussianwhisky,ErkinTouzmohamedovlooksattheperiodfromKruschevtothemodernday

February 2004, Issue 37, page 54

Bile with Style
Jefferson Chase on a sharp-penned Canadian who both writes and drinks whisky – Mordecai Richler

March 2003, Issue 29, page 47

Blogging it
Richard Jones surfs the ‘net to find some of the more interesting sites of whisky comment and debate

June 2007, Issue 64, page 30

Bottle ageing...so where's the science?
In Issue 27, Martin Isark argued that whisky aged in the bottle. His views have provoked a storm of opposition. Here Peter Wood makes the case against Isark's theory

March 2003, Issue 29, page 82

Bottling it up
Martin Isark uncovers the conspiract: whisky does in fact evolve in the bottle, not just the barrel

November 2002, Issue 27, page 38

Bourbon uncovered
Gary Regan & Mardee Haidin Regan guide us through the process of whiskey-making American-style

October 1999, Issue 6, page 54

Bringing Bourbon Back Home
Four Roses is in its ascendancy, Marcin Miller finds out why and Dave Broom looks at the technical side that sets this brand apart

January 2011, Issue 93, page 40

Bruichladdich bonanza
Ian Buxton gets his taste buds tickled with the latest releases

October 2006, Issue 59, page 59

Canadian Club and The Windsor Hum
Our intrepid duo go in search of the source of the phenomenon

December 2013, Issue 116, page 26

Coming of age
Whiskies, like people, mature at different rates. Andrew Jefford (himself in his prime) wonders why

May 1999, Issue 3, page 47

Compiling Canada
Davin de Kergommeaux talks about his recent publishing venture

October 2013, Issue 115, page 9

Cool and collected
Ian Wisniewski explores the mysteries of the ageing warehouse and looks at how different types affect the eventual taste of your whisky

December 2003, Issue 36, page 64

Dreamers in the grain
Health guru Galina Imrie looks at the health benefits of whisky and drinking.

December 2007, Issue 68, page 48

Drink less but better
Ian Buxton delves into the world of premium aged blends

November 2007, Issue 67, page 16

Drinking on the Hill
Liza Weisstuch takes us out in the US capital

July 2012, Issue 105, page 46

Ever changing, ever moving
The learning curve continues

July 2014, Issue 121, page 3

Expansion demands
Charles K.Cowdery looks at what the US distilling community is doing to meet the growing demand for their products

June 2008, Issue 72, page 46

Flavour Games
With the increase of flavoured whiskies on the shelves, we report on the various players in the market

July 2013, Issue 113, page 24

French flair
Ted Bruning visits the distilleries making waves in Brittany.

February 2008, Issue 70, page 52

 

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Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glengoyne 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 It feels old but not fragile.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Auchentoshan 1966, 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
8 A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenlivet 1967 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.32%
8 Lots of flavour development. I enjoyed this one.

Glenfiddich 1967, Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 On the light side among older Glenfiddichs, but delicate and appetising.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 1980 Japanese White Oak Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00%
7 The most herbal and spicy of these three bottlings, and the most distinctive.

Blair Athol 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 The obvious sherry ageing really suits Blair Athol. It is a malt that matures quickly, and this is very sophisticated for its age. A lovely whisky.

Signatory Dallas Dhu 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70%
7 More woody and astringent than earlier bottlings at similar ages.

Duncan Taylor Invergordon 1965 38 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 50.10%
7 Such a long ageing has made the bourbon wood very dominating. The crisp, cleansing, hint of pine in the distillery bottling better suited a single grain.

Proof Whisky
Blended - Canada - 42.00%
6 I remain baffled, but will be using the remnants of the sample to make a cocktail.

 

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