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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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The middle portion of the spirit coming off the Spirit still The Cut is the best part of the distillate, and is saved and put into barrel. The Foreshots and Feints are re-distilled.

Apple wrapped in pastry with Aberlour bourbon cask butter - Aberlour chocolate pralines - Aberlour ice cream

June 2003, Issue 31, page 46

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 couple of specials
We look at a couple of auctions to watch

July 2018, Issue 153, page 80

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 gardener's world (Hilary Lamont - Linkwood)
In a new series looking at different distillery careers, Richard Jones talks to Hilary Lamont – distillery gardener at Linkwood

September 2004, Issue 42, page 67

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 Heady Twist
Adding whisky to your recipe

July 2016, Issue 137, page 64

A Highland Queen
A Custodian Collection from Tullibardine

January 2016, Issue 133, page 29

A Highland Romance
From merchants to brands –mthe early years of Scotch whisky advertising

April 2016, Issue 135, page 33

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 direction
Macallan’s new distillery marks a turning point for the brand and distillery designs

June 2018, Issue 152, page 40



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Scotch Malt Whisky Society 116.12 Yoichi 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Japan - 54.20%
8 Ah's Ardbeg in Hokkaido.

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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.

Glengoyne 1972
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.

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The Macallan 1979 18 Years Old, Gran Reserva
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
9 Strictly for lovers of powerfully oaked whiskies.

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Compass Box This Is Not A Luxury Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 53.10%
9 Simply stunning! A little more sweetness in the finish might have been nice.

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Paul John Indian Single Malt Select Cask Classic
Single Malt - India - 55.20%
9 The depth and complexity of this malt are breathtaking.

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Green Spot Château Léoville Barton
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
9 Enjoyable whiskey. The wood was a little intrusive on the palate, but the finish was superb.

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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.

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Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70%
9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight

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Tamdhu Batch Strength 002
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
9 For the fireside – bonfires or indoors. Should be enjoyed year-round.

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Glenmorangie Astar
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10%
8 A gorgeous,luscious dram. ‘Morangie to the max.

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Compass Box Enlightenment
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An exceptionally well-crafted vatted malt with a lovely balance of maturity and youth.

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The English Whisky Company Chapter 13
Single Malt - England - 45.00%
8 Beautifully mature and elegant.

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Cutty Sark 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.70%
8 The extra years serve Cutty well. It is confident, expressive, expansive.

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Tomatin 1976 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30%
8 Real character and finesse.

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Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.

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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.

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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.

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Lombard Single Malt Teaninich 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Another whisky where the palate fails to deliver to what the nose promises!

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Old Particular Consortium of Cards, Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 I love my peat, but it dominates to the detriment of others here, else I would have marked it even higher.

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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!

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Glen Garioch 25 Years Old, 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 More well-chosen wood.

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Scott's Selection Aultmore 1982 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 Well-made and well-matured.

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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.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World Series: Madeira Finish
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Although the alcohol balances the sweetness, I think it's one for those of you with a sweet tooth!

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Jameson Gold
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...

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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.

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The Lost Distillery Company Classic Selection Lossit
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 I can feel the salt crystals forming on my tongue after that one!

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Berry's Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1996, North British, Cask #224766
Single Grain - Scotland - 56.80%
8 Now, there's a full-bodied grain. If you are still not convinced by great Scottish grain, then buy this!

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Bowmore The Devil's Casks Second Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Comments: Wow! Talk about a finish. I could still taste this the next day.

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Knockando 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Manages to retain its delicacy despite the big sherry notes.

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Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50%
8 A complex, rich and interesting character. Water cuts the edges and adds creaminess. A real delight.

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Caol Ila 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90%
8 Just one of a great clutch of smoky drams this time around.



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