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.
Best whiskies in the world.
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 cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside
November 2004, Issue 44, page 34
A cut (or two) above the rest
After reading this disturbing Scotland-based offering from Christopher Brookmyre you'll never look at school reunions the same way again says Jefferson Chase.
January 2006, Issue 53, page 47
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 great loss
Gavin D Smith charts the rise and fall of one of the largest distilleries in the Whisky City.
October 2009, Issue 83, page 32
A life under sail
Dave Broom talks about the ocean wave, true grit,determination and a good drop of malt with one of Britain's most iconic maritime explorers.
June 2009, Issue 80, page 24
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 point of difference
Out man visits the hear of Whyte and Mackay's grain supply
December 2013, Issue 116, page 38
A Regal Location
Joes Bates looks at a sparking travel-retail whisky collection
July 2012, Issue 105, page 38
A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery
March 2014, Issue 118, page 30
A rye character
Stuart Maclean Ramsay chats to Lincoln Henderson, a whiskey vetern with 37 years of knowledge and experience
October 2002, Issue 26, page 34
A Singular Idea
Mark Gillespie explores Buffalo Trace's single oak project
February 2012, Issue 101, page 24
A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling
February 2014, Issue 117, page 36
A thoroughly Scottish night in
Neil Ridley donned his tweeds, applied the moustache wax and packed the picnic blanket for a splendid night in...
January 2010, Issue 85, page 20
A trace of greatness
Stuart Maclean Ramsay roams among the magnificent buffalo of Kentucky.
September 2000, Issue 11, page 22
A true boon in Kentucky
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is one of the year's whiskey highlights. Damian Riley-Smith brought back a suitcase full of fond memories
March 2003, Issue 29, page 24
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 Wealth of Choice
Neil Ridley meets the independent bottlers dedicated to bringing consumers something a little different.
September 2012, Issue 106, page 14
A whisky treasure trove
A report from the the duty free event of the year
December 2013, Issue 116, page 78
A Winter Playground
In the second of our reports from Hokkaido, the Whisky Magazine Japan team finds food and more drink for the soul.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 76
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
Dave finds whisky and hip hop go well together in the Rainbow Nation
January 2007, Issue 61, page 12
Malt whisky develops up to 70 per cent of its character during the aging process, due to a number of influences including oxidation (ie. the result of air passing in and out of the cask). This instiga...
September 2013, Issue 114, page 36
Alchemy by the Bay
Stuart MacLean Ramsay takes a trip to the US west coast and checks out three very different but equally daring and passionate distillers
December 2001, Issue 20, page 38
All in the Mash
Iorwerth Griffiths explores a particularly Irish style
March 2011, Issue 94, page 18
All in the mix
Ian Wisniewski explains how oxidation affects maturation
March 2006, Issue 54, page 64
All Shapes and Sizes
Dave Broom looks at how Japanese oak imparts exotic flavours, and the different cask types used in whisky making.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 64
An alternative whisky map of the world...
Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes an irreverent look at the world's 15 largest whisky markets - plus the characters and caricatures you might find in each country. The world of whisky is full of exaggerated per...
July 2002, Issue 24, page 24
The Arcade Fire are on the verge of superstardom.Lew Guthrie III checks out their credentials and reviews new album The Neon Bible
April 2007, Issue 63, page 31
April 2004, Issue 38, page 58
Ask the expert
John Rose answers another selection of our readers' letters
August 2006, Issue 58, page 53
Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions
March 2007, Issue 62, page 53
Ask the expert
I am a representative from a liquor board in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have a customer who owns a bottle of Haig Dimple which he believes dates back to the early part of the 20th century.The owner is gett...
April 2008, Issue 71, page 37
October 2004, Issue 43, page 48
Back to School
Mark Gillespie backs his satchel and reports for assembly
September 2012, Issue 106, page 48
The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Bring on the petits-fours.
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.
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 A classic Port Ellen. A must-buy for peat heads.
The Whisky Exchange Isle of Jura 1999, 5 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.00% 8 Why wasn't this done years ago? More please. Captivating.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask 1958 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.70% 8 Direct and blunt, but with the right amount of intelligence and personality.
Islay Mist 17 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cutting this to 40% means it's lost some of its energy. Let's have a cask strength version!
Mackillop's Choice Caol Ila 1989, Cask 3322
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 7 If Caol Ila can evoke the aroma and flavour of junipers, perhaps it can also suggest olive oil, vine leaves, couscous, baked aubergines. I have had great martinis in Tangier. Next time, a Caol Ila Sou...
Talisker 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 7 Less peppery than in my memory. As if the spicy outburst on mid palate has been tamed. A bit harsh too. Seems to have lost its volcanic temper.
Kavalan 5 Years Old, Solist Fino
Single Malt - Taiwan - 58.30% 7 Bitter all the way. No balance. One dimensional. To try only if you are a ‘woodfreak'. Surprisingly, water tones the bitterness down.
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