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Whisky Glossary : Dram

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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A glass of whisky in Scotland.

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

June 2003, Issue 31, page 46

Left Unsold
What happens when your lot remains unsold at auction

February 2014, Issue 117, page 80

What's around the corner
It could be everything or it could be nothing

March 2017, Issue 142, page 3

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

50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history

July 2014, Issue 121, page 62

?All Shook Up
?A round up of the auction world

September 2013, Issue 114, page 80

?Liberating libations
?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

?Ramsay's handiwork
?Grouse shows its older colours

September 2013, Issue 114, page 78

?Something a little different
?Experimental casks and unconventional cocktails

September 2013, Issue 114, page 62

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 captivating cocktail
Ian Wisniewski looks at the Atholl Brose

June 2006, Issue 56, page 25

A City of Secret Spots
Davin de Kergommeauxgoes searching in Taipei for some excellent bars

December 2012, Issue 108, page 46

A Cocktail Revolution
The rise of new age methods of ageing

March 2015, Issue 126, page 58

A cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside

November 2004, Issue 44, page 34

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 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 distillery seeped in history (Clynelish)
Ian Buxton travels North of Inverness to the remote distillery at Clynelish

July 2005, Issue 49, page 34

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 dram online
Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan is set to bring his whisky tasting sessions into your home. Mike Gerrard reports

September 2003, Issue 33, page 23

A dream of a distillery (Arran)
Our Mystery Visitor travels to Arran

November 2003, Issue 35, page 42

A Drinker's Guide to Germany
Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky

July 2015, Issue 129, page 15

A drop of the soft stuff
Ian Wisniewski assesses the effect of the water used in whisky production and as mixer on the drink we love

October 2002, Issue 26, page 52

A fishy tale
In the latest in an occasional series of matching whisky with food, Dave Broom compares and contrasts some sushi-whisky combinations

October 2003, Issue 34, page 61

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 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 fulfilling time
Owning your own cask of malt is arguably the ultimate whisky experience. Having selected his cask type Dominic Roskrow travelled to Glengoyne to fill it with new spirit.

January 2008, Issue 69, page 8

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

November 2007, Issue 67, page 34



Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

BenRiach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70%
8 Reveals a rich profile by a succession of aromatic layers. Alcohol is perfectly tamed.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

BenRiach Arumaticus Fumosus Dark Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A constantly shifting but balanced mix of sweetness and smoke and distillery character.

BenRiach 16 Years Old 1995 Cask 7164
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
8 This whisky is oak dominated. Too much for me as we have lost the distillery character, but the nose is expressive. Beware of water, it kills it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.51 Longmorn Sweet, Rich & Fruity 1984 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40%
8 Balanced and fine. Worth a look.

Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
8 The nose lets you expect sweeter notes. The palate is a bit disappointing.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 66.27 Foodie Dram
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30%
7 The nose is richer than the palate. Seems a bit uncoordinated,like a young untamed horse.

BenRiach Dark Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A cheery dram, opening up on the sunny side with definite rum colours on the nose. A dash of water sweetens the palate.

BenRiach Sherry Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Good, sweet and balanced.

Bunnahabhain Darach Ur
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 Seems to be slightly hidden somehow. Maybe it just needs time to settle in the bottle.

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Quite a nice dram but a bit edgy.

Glengoyne Burnfoot
- Scotland - 40.00%
7 Just a little thin and lacking in substance

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.17 Mannochmore Oozes Juiciness 1992 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
7 Don't water. Decent aperitif dram.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27.72 Springbank Harbour-side Harmonies
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
7 Lacks integration.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.40%
9 What a start! A truly magnificent dram and for me miles ahead of the competition.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Talisker 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
9 Always a classic, though I still miss the 8 Years Old.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Three Ships 10 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - South Africa - 44.60%
9 Normally I would complain about the palate not displaying the exuberance of the nose, but I can't moan at all about the depth and quality!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cragganmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40%
9 A stunning dram! Sensational neat or with water.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Prometheus 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00%
9 That's a fine old Speyside malt!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release Briny Tangle
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Heavenly. I'd buy it for the finish alone, which incidentally lasts for minutes.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Aultmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Beautiful and mature. I'm running out of superlatives for it.

World Whiskies Awards 2007 - World's Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Talisker 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
9 Loch Harport on a winter's day, gale force eight! Less peppery than younger versions. Complex, endearing, balanced. 18 seems a perfect age for malts.

World Whiskies Awards 2007 - World's Best New Release - Winner Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40%
9 The ultimate dessert dram. Beautifully composed.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Darkness! Tobermory 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
9 A lovely character if you like a good chunk of manure with your malt. Funnily enough, I do!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 57.50%
9 A great dram to finish the evening.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Smögen Svensk Sherry Project 1:4
Single Malt - Sweden - 57.20%
9 A fascinating experience!

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jura Tastival 2016
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
9 A superbly balanced malt. Need I say anything more?!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00%
9 An enticing expression of old age. Forever young! With elegance and style.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore 40 Years Old, 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.80%
9 Superb balance. Classic distillery character retained after four decades - no mean achievement.

Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50%
9 Pungent, powerful and appetising. A dram for the Islay-lover and connoisseur. This distillery should be revived.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
9 Bring on the caeser salad.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Carsebridge 52 Years Old Batch 1
Single Grain - Scotland - 40.50%
9 Perfectly balanced with poise and elegance. A must-buy!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Balvenie 21 Years Old PortWood
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60%
9 The full, honeyed, richness of the malt combines beautifully with what seems to be a generous kiss of port.

World Whiskies Awards 2008 - World's Best New Release - Winner Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Glenrothes 25 Years Old
- Scotland - 43.00%
9 Slow,elegant and complex.



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