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.
Explore how copper stills are made, the end our journey down the Rockies and a visit to Ballindalloch
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
?Finding new uses for those forgotten bottles
September 2013, Issue 114, page 58
?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 Drinker's Guide to Germany
Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky
July 2015, Issue 129, page 15
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 Highland Queen
A Custodian Collection from Tullibardine
January 2016, Issue 133, page 29
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-Z of the world's best blends
Ailsa Craig Company: A Dewar Rattray Age: none ABV: 40% Territories: NA Description: smoky but has a unique and unusual taste created by the harsh grain and the oily and interesting malt content The...
October 2004, Issue 43, page 24
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
Master of Malt (Single Cask Series) Paul John 6 Years Old
Single Malt - India - 59.70% 9 Absolutely stunning. If this is the distillery I think it is, it continues to impress me with its releases.
Millstone Special #7 Heavy Peated
Single Malt - Netherlands - 46.00% 8 Big, robust, chunky, very malty and with just the right amount of peat. Impressive.
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.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tobermory Batch 3
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 8 A superbly balanced whisky.
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.00% 8 If George T. Stagg was peated then it would probably be like this.
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.
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.
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.
291 Bad Boy Colorado Bourbon Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 A slight disconnect between nose and palate but give it time.
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.
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.
Glendalough Single Malt Whiskey 7 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 7 I know that there are a number of people out there that love this type of whisky, but I'm afraid that I'm not one of them!
anCnoc 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A whisky of two halves! Big and oaky on the nose but crisp and fresh on the palate.
Smögen Svensk Single Malt Primör
Single Malt - Sweden - 63.70% 7 A velvet tracksuit. Not a three piece suit. Smooth and silky.
Barrogill North Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Not knitted.
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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