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Whisky Glossary : Beer

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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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

?Liberating libations
?Finding new uses for those forgotten bottles

September 2013, Issue 114, page 58

?Monsterville
?Here comes the story of the Murricane

September 2013, Issue 114, page 77

?The beating heart of Ireland?
?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city

September 2013, Issue 114, page 51

A barrel of laughs
Brian Hennigan chuckles his way through a rich supply of Scottish whisky humour

August 2002, Issue 25, page 18

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 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 different beast
Canada's whisky industry is a pale imitation of what it once was. But if you're thinking of visiting its distilleries be prepared for a lot of travel – its few remaining distilleries are spread righ...

September 2007, Issue 66, page 32

A Flirtatious Spirit
Ian Buxton heads north to find a Distillery in a basement

September 2012, Issue 106, page 40

A free sofa with every case
The dignified advertisements you see in this publication belie the rough and tumble past of American whiskey promotion. Charles K.Cowdery reports

October 2006, Issue 59, page 52

A frosty reception
Classic malt distillery Dalwhinnie is revamping its visitor experience. Dominic Roskrow spoke to the man charged with ringing the changes.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 44

A giant culled
Gavin D Smithlooks at the recent loss of Dumbarton,a once vast grain distillery

November 2007, Issue 67, page 34

A lord among malts (Glenrothes)
Glenrothes has a formidable reputation as a single malt and is a key component in the internationally renowned Cutty Sark. Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited the distillery

December 2003, Issue 36, 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 potted history
Justifiably famous for its range of Irish whiskies, the Pot Still in Gloucester is also a haven for lovers of single malts, unusual spirits, liqueurs and bottled beers. Richard Jones reports

June 2006, Issue 56, page 33

A quick word please
Ian Buxton uncovers some of the less heard whisky quotes

January 2007, Issue 61, page 53

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 sense of Islay
Martine Nouet takes a scent and taste tour of whisky's most famous island as a preview for the forthcoming Islay Whisky Festival 2002

May 2002, Issue 22, page 30

A special relationship
Michael Jackson takes a reflective look at Japan, Scotland and whisky

November 2001, Issue 19, page 24

A State of Mind
Our man visits a glorious Wiltshire whisky outposts

March 2011, Issue 94, page 32

A taxing problem
Jens Tholstrup describes being taxed to the hilt in his native country, and deprived of a decent choice of malts into the bargain

January 1999, Issue 1, page 20

A troubled troubadour
Ryan Adams has produced a huge volume of great music. Lew Guthrie III casts his eye over it, particularly last year's Jacksonville City Nights

March 2006, Issue 54, page 35

A Voyage of Discovery
Martine Nouet takes us through the gems of French distilling.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 39

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 Winter Playground
In the second of our reports from Hokkaido, the Whisky Magazine Japan team finds food and more drink for the soul.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 76

A Work in Progress
Liza Weisstuch heads to Louisville to chuck out some new happenings o tickle the tastebuds

April 2011, Issue 95, page 26

A-Zoftheworld'sbestblends
AilsaCraig Company:ADewarRattray Age:none ABV:40% Territories:NA Description:smokybuthasauniqueandunusualtastecreatedbytheharshgrainandtheoilyandinterestingmaltcontent TheAntiquary21Years Company: Ag...

October 2004, Issue 43, page 24

Absolute Beginners
dave Broom recalls his first encounter with the water of life

January 2011, Issue 93, page 12

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

Alike in dignity (Ardmore and Glendronach)
Ardmore and Glendronach have much in common but at the moment their experiences are very different. Dominic Roskrow visited both

July 2007, Issue 65, page 32

All about the image
It was a Tuesday night and United Photo Industries was packed. The gallery is a giant former warehouse located in Dumbo, a hip Brooklyn neighbourhood along the East River. Graduate school students, la...

July 2013, Issue 113, page 14

 

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Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Signatory Highland Park 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A lovely whisky. A sweetish bottling. More complex and elegant than the 'official' 12 Years Old, but not quite as expressive as the 18.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Cute as a button.

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

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Douglas Laing Caol Ila 1979 26 Years Old, The Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
8 Should have been taken out of the cask a few years back. Easy to say now of course.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Malt Cask Director's Tactical Selection, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 This has it all but goes about it in an unflashy manner. Good.

Celtique Connexion Speyside 1990, Vin de Paille du Jura Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 I am totally seduced by its eccentricity and intensity. Where's the whisky? who cares? Pour me another. Bring on the chicken mole.....

Teerenpeli 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Finland - 43.00%
7 Very well made. Finland emerges as a whisky nation.

NC2 Imperial
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 An aperitif dram.

Rosebank 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Relatively young, but beginning to weary nonetheless. Perhaps this tiredness is caused by worry about the future. A feminine whisky that has lost the first bloom of youth. Snatch a kiss while you can.

William Grant's Ale Cask Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Fresh and seductively drinkable. I'm astonished how well this innovation worked. The ale was brewed especially to add much more malty sweetness than hop.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Salt & Pepper 1997
Blended - Scotland - 56.20%
7 Has good balance and decent complexity.

Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A teasing early freshness is the overture to a richer, modestly structured, conclusion.

The Whisky Exchange Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A welcome addition.

Glen Moray Dimensions Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Pleasing but not sensational.

Glenfarclas 1996 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60%
7 The nose offered some smoothness that the palate denied. Not numbing with water but gets bitter.

Port Askaig Cask Strength 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.10%
7 I would never have thought this is a 30 Years Old whisky. Very weird aromatic combination. Water brings them all together in a toffee tone.

Dry Fly Wheat
Blended - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 Well made. Just needs time in cask to bulk up a little. Just hope they keep some back for longer term aging.

Barrogill North Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Not knitted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Tullibardine 1993, Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
6 Somewhere in the mid palate, there was a momentary hint of malt whisky. I don't know how that found its way into this obscure liqueur from Heaven.

 

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