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Whisky Glossary : Gauger

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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Gauger

Old name for an exciseman.

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

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 read
Ian Buxton peruses the library for some of the finest whisky books

June 2007, Issue 64, page 50

Aotearoa excellence
Singer and whisky lover Robin Laing was fascinated to discover that New Zealand has a long whisky-making tradition when he toured there recently. Here he tells its story

July 2003, Issue 32, page 48

Back in print
A new company is breathing new life in to old lost tomes.Ian Buxtontells us more

November 2006, Issue 60, page 20

Daylight robbery
Dave Broom retraces an old smuggling trail and discovers why so many brigands got away with pedalling their illicit hooch.

December 1999, Issue 7, page 60

Elusive and illicit Speyside spirit
Gavin Smith traces the reportedly romantic but often mercenary history of illicit distilling in Speyside

November 2001, Issue 19, page 56

Feis Ile 2001
Dave Broom takes up residence on Islay for the duration of the whisky festival and enjoys a seemingly never ending spiral of whisky served in half-pint glasses, oysters, cigars and dancing – he even...

September 2001, Issue 18, page 20

Frank's wild years (Frank McHardy)
Frank McHardy has given his life to whisky. He's now installed in the newest distillery in Scotland and he's a proud man. Dave Broom spoke to him about his exceptional career

November 2003, Issue 35, page 54

Having the last laugh
Ian R Mitchell tells the story of the Macraes of Monar, illicit whisky distillers

July 2005, Issue 49, page 58

Honour, passion and integrity (Jim Mcewan)
Dave Broom catches up with Jim Mcewan, the country-hopping Brand Ambassador whose life is dedicated to whisky and telling the world about the people who spent their working lives making it.

December 2000, Issue 13, page 19

Liquid mystery (Lagavulin)
What makes Lagavulin great? Dave Broom goes in search of answers at the home of one the world's most elusive malts.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 28

Scotland's double pride
Ian R Mitchell looks at the relationship between two Scottish icons, the national bard and the national dram.

December 2007, Issue 68, page 22

Still crazy after all these years
The small illegal stills of Speyside have been romanticised time and time again. But what was distilling really like way back when? Jim Cryle of Chivas Brothers decided to find out, and Dave Broom jo...

July 2006, Issue 57, page 56

Teasing Talisker
An eccentric entrepreneur is seeking to challenge Talsiker's status as the only distillery on Skye. Tom Bruce-Gardyne went ot meet the man behind a special brand of Gaelic whisky.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 52

The deil's awa wi th' exciseman
Gaugers were the hated excisemen who hounded whisky smugglers in the 18th and early 19th century. And Malcolm Gillespie was one of the most wretched and tragic of all. Ian R Mitchell tells his story

June 2006, Issue 56, page 40

The one that got away
Ian R Mitchell tells some tales of the Donside illicit whiskymakers.

July 2007, Issue 65, page 58

Traces of the buffalo (Buffalo Trace)
Stuart Maclean Ramsay enjoys a whiskey tasting and tour at the imprssive Buffalo Trace Disteilery in Franklin County, Kentucky

October 2002, Issue 26, page 21

Walking through whisky country
"It's only through flavour that we'll understand whisky and maybe it's only by walking the country that we'll understand flavour," says Dave Broom after climbing Ben Rinnes and Lochnagar with disting...

November 2001, Issue 19, page 48

Water through granite
The character of Speyside malts has been forged by geography and geology. Dave Broom looks at how remote glens and freezing water combined to produce consistent quality moonshine.

January 1999, Issue 1, page 52

Welcome the underdog
In the latest in his series looking at the whisky glossary, Dominic Roskrow turns to the letter ‘G' and to grain whisky

June 2007, Issue 64, page 78

Whisky from the wild side (Glenlivet)
The spirit of innovation has always been a part of distilling at Glenlivet. Dave Broom charts ahistory shot through with passion, rebellion and imagination.

June 2000, Issue 10, page 28

Why whisky shouldn't chill out
Anthony Troon puts forward his views on why chill filtering leaves the whisky enthusiast with a spirit that may well be a shadow of its former self

July 2001, Issue 17, page 48

 

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