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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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
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 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 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 giant culled
Gavin D Smithlooks at the recent loss of Dumbarton,a once vast grain distillery
November 2007, Issue 67, page 34
A Region of Subtlety
Gavin D. Smith takes us through this often maligned producing region
January 2011, Issue 93, page 30
A right royal return (Carneronbridge)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds that Carneronbridge Distillery is ready to return to the public eye after years in the background of the Scottish whisky industry- all thanks to a member of the Royal family
February 2002, Issue 21, page 38
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 unique taste of Ireland
Jamie Walker had revived the Adelphi name after nearly a century. Ken Hyder talks to the man whose cask crusade promises to widen the horizons of Irish Whiskey and Scotch drinkers.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 48
A Voyage of Discovery
Martine Nouet takes us through the gems of French distilling.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 39
A-Z of the world's best blends
Ailsa Craig Company: A Dewar Rattray Age: none ABV: 40% Territories: NA Description: smoky but has a unique and unusual taste created by the harsh grain and the oily and interesting malt content The...
October 2004, Issue 43, page 24
Acting the part
It was only amatter of time before Monarch of the Glen discovered whisky. Gavin Smith reports.
December 2003, Issue 36, page 16
All a matter of taste
Pip Hills has compiled a directory comparing the taste profile of some leading malts and blends – and has reached some startling conclusions. Here he explains
January 2005, Issue 45, page 46
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
As easy as A,B,C
New to whisky? Then this new series goes back to basics. Dominic Roskrow explains
October 2006, Issue 59, page 74
Ask the expert
I have a very old (40 years plus) bottle of Hector MacDonald Glen Mist Whisky Liqueur priced at 40/- shillings, bottled by Savermo of London. The wax seal around the cork is broken but the cork is int...
October 2010, Issue 91, page 73
Badge of quality in safe hands (Adelphi)
Adelphi distillery, the top-of-the-market independent bottler, has been bought by a couple of landowners in Argyll. Charles MacLeanlooks at the company's history and asks the new owners about their pl...
March 2005, Issue 46, page 63
Blending the blues
The last time I tried falling off a log I nearly broke my ankle. It looks easy enough, the principle isn't hard to understand but doing it gracefully is another matter. And doing it day after day is e...
April 2008, Issue 71, page 56
Two new distilleries announced in as many months...are we on the brink of a golden time for whisky? Ian Buxton finds out
April 2007, Issue 63, page 26
By the letter
In the latest in the series Dominic Roskrow looks at the letter ‘D'
March 2007, Issue 62, page 78
Celtic Cousins - Made in Bretagne
Martine Nouet looks at the whisky industry in Northern France – and plots its Celtic roots
November 2004, Issue 44, page 26
The Masterclasses gave visitors the chance to explore the world of whisky more fully. Brigid James picks some highlights
June 2003, Issue 31, page 22
Coming of age
Whiskies, like people, mature at different rates. Andrew Jefford (himself in his prime) wonders why
May 1999, Issue 3, page 47
Cool and collected
Ian Wisniewski explores the mysteries of the ageing warehouse and looks at how different types affect the eventual taste of your whisky
December 2003, Issue 36, page 64
he whisky label is a treasure trove of information if you know how to crack the codes. Graham Moore reveals all
February 2000, Issue 8, page 50
Dial B for blends
In the second of our ‘back to basics'guides Dominic Roskrow looks at the letter B and in particular blends
November 2006, Issue 60, page 74
Don't be Vague
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Haig brand.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 36
Don't go against the grain
Despite views to the contrary,grain whisky can be pretty sensational - and great value for money.
March 2006, Issue 54, page 50
Easy does it
The Easy Drinking Whisky Company is taking the selling of whisky to a new level – by selling directly on taste. Dominic Roskrow reports
November 2003, Issue 35, page 40
Gavin D. Smith concludes his look at lost distilleries
July 2011, Issue 97, page 42
Gavin D. Smith looks at the lost distillers of Merseyside
June 2011, Issue 96, page 30
Fields of Gold
Barley is one of the vital ingredients in whisky,but with shortages and price increases is there going to be a knock on effect?
March 2007, Issue 62, page 46
Find Whisky Heaven on Earth
Joe bates heads to Schiphol to see what's on offer
September 2012, Issue 106, page 35
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
Port Dundas 34 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 Lush and sexy. A truly delicious hedonistic dram.
Greenore 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 A very stylish grain which is showing grip and character rather than just getting sweeter and flabbier with age.
Berry's Own Selection Invergordon 38 Years Old 1971
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00% 8 The balance between sweet and sour is perfect. A grain whisky? I would have thought of an old bourbon.
Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Someone knows what they are doing. Who would have thought grain whisky could taste so good?
Girvan Single Grain 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00% 8 I've always had a soft spot for this distillery's Black Barrel, and I like this version even more. Not very complex – but it is a grain whisky.
Girvan Single Grain 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Black Barrel with more age, more wood.
Compass Box Hedonism
Grain - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Remarkably flavoursome and enjoyable for a blend of grain whiskies.
Adelphi Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 47.10% 7 A rich grain whisky on the fruity side. Interesting.
Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40% 7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.
Master of Malt North British 1991 20 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 55.80% 7 It might lack the layering you want from a 20 year old but its vibrancy is to be praised.
Greenore 8 Years Old 1996, Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Single Grain - Ireland - 40.00% 7 The best Greenore yet. Worth a look.
Scott's Selection North of Scotland, 1963
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.80% 7 Very rich for a grain whisky. Not much dimension. No flavour peaks.
Duncan Taylor Invergordon 1965 38 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 50.10% 7 Such a long ageing has made the bourbon wood very dominating. The crisp, cleansing, hint of pine in the distillery bottling better suited a single grain.
Distillery Select Loch Lomond, Organic Single Highland Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Unusual profile for a grain whisky. More reminiscent of a calvados. Oak is too blatant. Water wipes it out.
Greenore 15 Years Old
Grain - Republic of Ireland - 43.00% 6 Not hugely complex,but good.
Greenore 8 Years Old
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 6 Young and juicy.
Greenore 8 Years Old
Grain - Ireland - 40.00% 6 Bourbon Lite might taste like this.
Bains Cape Mountain Whisky
Single Grain - South Africa - 43.00% Light spirit with big sweet first-fill American influence. Delicious and easy drinking.