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.
Best whiskies in the world.
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
?Something a little different
?Experimental casks and unconventional cocktails
September 2013, Issue 114, page 62
?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 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 Brecht of stale air
Dave Broomon the worrying trend towards ruthless discounting
June 2005, Issue 48, page 12
A Canadian Feast
Martine Nouet heads north for a challenging pairing
March 2011, Issue 94, page 52
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 choice dram
Tom Bruce-Gardyne meets one of single-cask bottling's real success stories, as Lorne Mackillop and his Mackillop's Choice label go from strength to strength
May 2002, Issue 22, page 48
A City of Secret Spots
Davin de Kergommeauxgoes searching in Taipei for some excellent bars
December 2012, Issue 108, page 46
A day in the life... (Richard Paterson)
Dave Broom follows JBB's Richard Paterson on a typical working day and learns much about blending, showbiz and living life at full pelt
July 2001, Issue 17, page 20
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 distillery well off the beaten track (Tomatin)
Our mystery visitor made the long trek to Tomatin and found a distillery not geared up for the tourist or casual visitor
November 2004, Issue 44, page 17
A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery
July 2002, Issue 24, page 52
A future classic from a modern distillery
John Lamond visits the Isle of Arran Distilleryy, a modern distillery that produces a whisky that may well have enthusiasts challenging their own perception of what is their favourite malt
April 2001, Issue 15, page 28
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 Little Piece of History
Once, Old Crow was synonymous with quality bourbon, but for some years it has been lost in the wilderness. Now it's set a new lease of life. Dominic Roskrow reports
January 2011, Issue 93, page 22
A Locavore's Tipple
Liza Weisstuch goes in search of slow food whiskey
February 2013, Issue 109, 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 malt for all moods (Lord Thurso)
Jane Slade talks to Lord Thurso, a Patron of the Qaich, about his family, his castle and his long love affair with Scotch.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 72
A mark of difference
With its instantly recognisable red wax sealed bottle, Maker's Mark has a story to tell
February 2014, Issue 117, page 30
A match made in havanna
Whisky and cigars can be a perfect combination. And the best way to taste them is in their country of origin-Cuba- as Damian Riley Smith finds out.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 30
A matter of duty
Eighty-five bottles of Scotch are sold every minute in duty-free shops around the world. Martin Moodie looks at where the best ranges can be found, and where it's worth missing your fight for a specia...
May 1999, Issue 3, page 50
A Maverick State
Can an area steeped in as much tradition as Speyside produce a few true modern mavericks? Neil Ridley catches up with the free thinkers, and the liquid, that have changed the course of thinking in the...
March 2013, Issue 110, page 34
A midsummer night's dreeam
Martine Nouet finds whiskies that lend themselves to teh warm, care free days of summer and creates a refreshing menu to accompany them
June 2001, Issue 16, page 36
A new dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean
February 2002, Issue 21, page 34
A new flame (Kilchorman)
Gavin Smith takes a stroll by Kilchorman, the first new distillery of the millennium-and the first on Islay since 1883
February 2002, Issue 21, page 22
A new frontier
Jonathan McCormick looks at selling bourbon to the Scots.
January 2009, Issue 77, page 20
A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market
December 2010, Issue 92, page 58
A Noble view point (Sir Iain Noble)
In the first of a new series in which we talk to leading business figures, Richard Woodard talks to Sir Iain Noble
July 2006, Issue 57, page 28
A passing fancy
Dave delves into a glamourous world of Highland gatherings,fast drams and racy women
July 2007, Issue 65, page 12
A perfumed world
Dave Broom explores the sensory experience of incense.
June 2010, Issue 88, page 20
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 116.12 Yoichi 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Japan - 54.20% 8 Ah Yoichi..it's Ardbeg in Hokkaido.
Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90% 8 You'd never guess this was 35. Great life, balance and bags of character. A beauty.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Amazingly fresh for such an oldie. Much prefer this style of Glengoyne to the sherried monsters which tend to drown the distillery character.
Bunnahabhain 14 Years Old Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.00% 7 Front-loaded, clumsy and forced. Bunna's good enough on its own.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27.72 Springbank Harbour-side Harmonies
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 Lacks integration.
The Macallan 1979 18 Years Old, Gran Reserva
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Strictly for lovers of powerfully oaked whiskies.
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 A gorgeous,luscious dram. ‘Morangie to the max.
Cutty Sark 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.70% 8 The extra years serve Cutty well. It is confident, expressive, expansive.
Tomatin 1976 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30% 8 Real character and finesse.
Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.
Duncan Taylor Bruichladdich 1969, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 Good balance – has stood up to its cask well, retaining a zest not overwhelmed by age.
Oban Distillers Edition, Montilla
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Demonstrably an evocative whisky. Salty and winey, but neither as overt as in the comparable Glenmorangie Fino.
Dimensions Dimension Glenburgie 1985 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20% 8 An enticing nose and lively palate. I prefer it neat than diluted as I think water cuts too many edges... Try it to your taste!
Glen Garioch 25 Years Old, 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 More well-chosen wood.
Scott's Selection Aultmore 1982 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 8 Well-made and well-matured.
The Whisky Exchange Bowmore 18 Years Old 1993 The Whisky Exchange Masterpieces
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.60% 8 That whisky needs a dash of water to cut the edges. Clean, big with that wonderful exotic fruit character that some Bowmore proudly display.
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 There is some virgin oak in this one, along with bourbon casks. Bonus points for trying something new, but would have expected more interesting results. I find it a bit light tasting. Try it with fres...
Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 Rich and luscious. Needs a dash of water to cut spirit harshness. The marine influence is overwhelmed by wood but in a charming way.
Knockando 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Manages to retain its delicacy despite the big sherry notes.
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50% 8 A complex, rich and interesting character. Water cuts the edges and adds creaminess. A real delight.
Caol Ila 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 8 Just one of a great clutch of smoky drams this time around.
Glenfiddich 1973 Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.50% 8 Luxurious and sweet, but background is gently dry. Deftly balanced and sophisticated, as ever.
The Glenrothes 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 This is head and shoulders above everything else in this tasting. Fills all the senses.
The Macallan Royal Marriage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.80% 8 A classic Macallan.
Compass Box Great King Street
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Exemplary blending. Try with soda or on rocks.
George T. Stagg 17 Years Old 2010
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.50% 8 When neat it's so strong it feels like your mouth is bleeding. Cut down, as ever it's hugely impressive - but would anyone ever have more than one?
Glenmorangie 30 Years Old, Pride 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Odd, askew, individual and marvellous but way too pricey. On liquid alone the score is 9.1
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 As quiet, complex and elegant as the man himself.
Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 8 Not so much a Monster,more a Big Friendly Giant.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1979 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20% 8 A complex nose, a clean and lively palate. Alcohol is well mastered. Oak is well integrated. A touch of water cuts the edges. Very enjoyable.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label The Casks Edition
Blended - Scotland - 55.80% 8 A well structured dram. It only needs a small dash of water to cut the edges.
Lagavulin 1989 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50% 8 Pent up power and energy. Lagavulin at its best. A must-buy.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Smokehouse 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A well-balanced islander. Again, a summer dram. With shellfish. It does not need water for me.
Adelphi Dailuaine 21 Years Old, Cask 4150
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 The confident virtues of a good Speyside whisky: malt, heather and peat. Well-combined but without either refinements or flourishes.
Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Cute as a button.
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