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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With this issue Whisky Magazine celebrates its first anniversary. The birthday party will be held in New York because this issue also marks our arrival in the US, the largest consumer of whisky and wh...
October 1999, Issue 6, page 5
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
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
?Finding new uses for those forgotten bottles
September 2013, Issue 114, page 58
?Grouse shows its older colours
September 2013, Issue 114, page 78
?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 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 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 Change at Whisky Magazine
A new Editor-at-Large is appointed
October 2015, Issue 131, page 3
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 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 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
A decade of words
To mark our 10th anniversary we decided to dig into our archives and bring some of the wittiest, incisive and often poignant words from our two columnists, starting the late, great Michael Jackson.
November 2008, Issue 76, page 14
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 drink not to mess with
In the first of a new series on great whisky cocktails, Ian Wisniewski looks at The Manhattan
January 2005, Issue 45, page 54
A Drinker's Guide to Germany
Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky
July 2015, Issue 129, page 15
A Flavour Profile
We look at the range of flavours malt whisky offers, and ask how they develop and interact
January 2016, Issue 133, page 38
A Flirtatious Spirit
Ian Buxton heads north to find a Distillery in a basement
September 2012, Issue 106, page 40
A forgotten gem (Deanston)
Deanston is the least-known of Perthshire's six remaining distilleries. Ian Buxton visited it
March 2006, Issue 54, page 30
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 Future Number One
Karuizawa hits the high spots
July 2014, Issue 121, page 104
A gem in the eye of a storm (Cardhu)
Say the word ‘Cardhu' and it stirs up images of underhand dealings. But the distillery intrinsically linked to last year's scandal is charming and impressive, and its staff outstanding. Ian Buxton r...
January 2005, Issue 45, page 30
A Good Bassy Tone
Ian Buxton meets the team behind Tuthilltown Spirits, a craft distillery on the rise
February 2013, Issue 109, page 30
A Grading System For Whiskey
The good, the great and exceptional bourbon labels
October 2014, Issue 123, page 12
A great vintage
The fourth Whisky Live Paris saw an incredible gathering of rare and exciting drams,we find out more
November 2007, Issue 67, page 10
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.
Ardbeg Provenance, 1974, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 9 Rich and creamy, with huge flavour development.
John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Monstrous but elegant and complex. What would it have been like at cask strength?!
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Style White Corn
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 9 Copious eulogising is definitely deserved, but to be brief… wow!
Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Wonderfully mature and quite subtle.
Tomatin 36 Years Old Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 A magical mix of Bourbon and sherry matured spirit.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.20% 9 This is more like a supercharged Wild One. Defiantly robust, but with Devilish charm. I love it.
Four Roses Bourbon Limited Edition Small Batch 2015 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.30% 9 You have to love that raw character!
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!
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.
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.
Jameson 18 Years Old Master Selection
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 9 Robustly sexy. I always enjoy Jameson, but I really relished coming to grips with this one.
Sazerac 18 Years Old
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 A superb bourbon. As neat and perfectly dressed and combed as Richard Paterson!
The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A beautifully balanced classic Speyside whisky.
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 A gorgeous,luscious dram. ‘Morangie to the max.
Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.70% 8 A superb dram with an intriguing oak character.
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 0.00% 8 The perfect Old Fashioned whiskey? Na, just give me this one neat and a dime for the juke box in the corner.
Evan Williams 1990, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 Very different in style. Liqueur-ish.
Rock Hill Farm Single Cask Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 The flavours may sound similar but it is the interplay of their subtleties that make this such an interesting whiskey. Try it with a double chocolate-chip cookie. Or a rocky road icecream.
Mackmyra Moment Vintage
Single Malt - Sweden - 48.60% 8 Wonderfully intense. Comes across like a multi-grain barley / rye whisky. A drop of water takes off the edge.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 58.10% 8 It displays both youthful and mature-ish notes. One thing it definitely doesn't lack is oak though!
Tomatin 1976 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30% 8 Real character and finesse.
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?
Balblair 1979 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Needs time to grow in the glass. A dream.
Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Now that has some serious character and an almost Knob Creek-like hardness.
George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.30% 8 Something of a gentle giant.
Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 After dinner, I would usually think of a malt, but have long enjoyed the unashamed luxuriousness of this blend. This example seems fractionally less voluptuous than I remember, but my memories may be ...
Wild Turkey 8 Years Old, 101
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50% 8 A huge whiskey. Put together with style and sophistication, but still with all the robustness of a true bourbon. A classic, of course. A Clint Eastwood of whiskeys.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 8 Perhaps encouraged by the dark orange colour, the descriptors sound sweet, but the overall effect is one of flowery dryness, with great finesse.
Kilchoman Bourbon Cask 2008
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 8 The distillery character shouts from the rooftops - I spotted this a mile off.
Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 Another big whisky from Heaven Hill. A delight as the nights start to drawn in.
Buffalo Trace Thomas H Handy, Sazerac
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80% 8 A broad shouldered whisky. Not for the fainted-hearts.Some like it hot.
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A bourbon for non sweet teeth. Rich, very well structured.
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 An old bourbon? With lots of wood notes, all integrated and complex.
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2010 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 55.00% 8 Another unsung hero shows its quality. Excellent layering effect.
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