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.
Tamdhu, Coopering, Toronto
Newly distilled spirit in barrel. It is not whisk(e)y until it has matured for the legal minimum of time.
A family affair
Charles Maclean visits inverarity Vaults a family company which has already earnt quite a reputation for the quality of its whiskies
December 2000, Issue 13, page 48
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 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 reluctant whisky hero? (Bill Smith Grant)
Bill Smith Grant wasn't meant to inherit The Glenlivet. But as Iain Russell reports, his bold business decisions once he did revolutionised the whisky and made it famous
March 2006, Issue 54, page 46
A single malt for the purists (Balvenie)
Once just William Grant's ‘other' Dufftown distillery, Balvenie is starting to build a big reputation for itself. Ian Buxton went to pay homage
February 2004, Issue 37, page 42
A suitable cask for treatment
Sixty per cent of the flavour of malt whisky comes from the wood in which it is aged, says Dave Broom-but what does American oak do that European oak doesn't? And what real effects does a fino cask ha...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 52
A tale of two distillers
Dave reflects on recent changes announced in the whisky industry.
July 2008, Issue 73, page 12
Barrel Boom brings distillery gloom.
The bourgon barrel industry is on a roll, but that's not good news for the whisky industry Richard Neill reports on tough choices and smart solutions.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 34
Beware bargain barrels
Just when you thought you'd heard the end of whisky investment scams, Ian Buxton says the true story will be in the drinking
August 2006, Issue 58, page 27
Cask iron investment?
Dave Broom takes you through the possible pitfalls, the complications and the cons of many a whisky lover's dream- buying a cask
February 2002, Issue 21, page 8
Coming on song
Dominic Roskrow looks at four distilleries that have recently passed a big milestone.
June 2009, Issue 80, page 14
Dave Broom decides it's high time for Inver House Distillers to spill the beans
June 2002, Issue 23, page 32
Dave and Goliath
Dave Broom speculate on the fate of the smaller whisky brands faced with today's globalised marketplace
October 2002, Issue 26, page 8
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is riding high again with a trendy new bolt-hole in central London. Margaret Rand takes a closer look at this revival in fortunes
October 1999, Issue 6, page 38
First and Last
Neil Wilson visits a vision in the making.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 34
First of the royal malts (Royal Brackla)
Ian Buxton discovers the charms of Royal Brackla, also a RAF base at one time
September 2003, Issue 33, page 44
Forty not out:
Girvan isn't your normal run of the … er… mill distillery. Ian Buxton paid it a visit
September 2004, Issue 42, page 30
From monsters to minnows
Pip Hills looks at who owns what in the world of whisky
March 2003, Issue 29, page 17
Growing old gracefully
Coopering is an essential part of the maturation process. Gavin D Smith hails an irreplaceable art.
September 2000, Issue 11, page 38
Dave Broom discusses whisky fuelled cars and a new excellent watering spot.
September 2010, Issue 90, page 10
In conversation with Peter Russell
In this issue we begin a series of interviews with celebrated whisky people. Here Charlie Maclean gives the last-frank- word ot broker and blender Peter Russell.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 86
Independent bottlers have driven innovation in the industry. But what future do they have? Ian Wisniewski investigates
October 2004, Issue 43, page 72
Dave Broom reports on the challenges facing a determined new breed of independent bottle-distillers
October 2002, Issue 26, page 16
In the latest in our series looking at the language of whisky, Dominic Roskrow looks at the letters E and F
April 2007, Issue 63, page 78
Lead on Macduff
Speyside's most eastern distillery is something of an enigma, but it's not without influence. Ian Buxton paid it a visit.
October 2003, Issue 34, page 44
Learning to fly
Grouse and the Gloags, part 1: Charles Maclean tells the history of a bird, a brand and a dynasty. For a profile of a thoroughly modern Matthew Gloag, see page 46.
June 1999, Issue 4, page 42
Lets do the char char
The cask plays a major role in the flavour of whisky. Ian Wisnieski takes a closer look at how they end up sitting in a warehouse for years
October 2003, Issue 34, page 64
Lomond's Formidable Distiller
It isn't on the list of distilleries that more than a million visitors to Scotland descend upon each year. it isn't situated on some windswept, romantic, island shore and it isn't very pretty. But it ...
April 2011, Issue 95, page 36
Natural born distillers (Aberlour)
Dave Broom visits Aberlour Distillery, built in a magical location that's home to some of the most knowledgable whisky folk in the world.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 36
Right foot forward
The original John Walker supplied tea and biscuits, wine and whisky to the sober bughers of Kilmarnock; his descendant Sir Alec Walker built a bath big enough for Churchill. Charles Maclean looks at a...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 22
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to Fred and Stewart Laing, the independent bottlers who are not only brothers and business partners but a potentially successful cabaret duo as well
November 2001, Issue 19, page 38
Staring down a barrel
Ian Wisniewski looks at the role of the cooper and assesses what future the profession has
September 2004, Issue 42, page 56
Taking Caol comfort at Islay's biggest distillery (Caol Ila)
A high proportion of Caol Ila whisky is used for blends. But as Ian Buxton discovered, Diageo is making some excellent single malts available from the enigmatic Islay distillery.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 28
The art of wood
From a big operation to a one man band, we bring the art of the cooper into focus
June 2013, Issue 112, page 16
The backbone of great whisky? (Longmorn)
Longmorn is a blenders' favourite. But as a single malt it's both wonderful and frustratingly hard to get. Ian Buxton adds his voice to the Whisky Magazine clamour for more of it
May 2004, Issue 39, page 30