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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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Whisky Magazine Issue 118

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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

?Ramsay's handiwork
?Grouse shows its older colours

September 2013, Issue 114, page 78

?The ?Forty Creek Factor?
?A Canadian whisky maker's journey into music

September 2013, Issue 114, page 45

?The beating heart of Ireland?
?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city

September 2013, Issue 114, page 51

A Canadian Feast
Martine Nouet heads north for a challenging pairing

March 2011, Issue 94, page 52

A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery

July 2002, Issue 24, page 52

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 free sofa with every case
The dignified advertisements you see in this publication belie the rough and tumble past of American whiskey promotion. Charles K.Cowdery reports

October 2006, Issue 59, page 52

A Kaleidoscope of Aromas
Joel Harrison takes a pilgrimage to the isle of peat and wonder

September 2012, Issue 106, page 36

A matter of duty
Eighty-five bottles of Scotch are sold every minute in duty-free shops around the world. Martin Moodie looks at where the best ranges can be found, and where it's worth missing your fight for a specia...

May 1999, Issue 3, page 50

A matter of taste
It seemed like a good idea, and in the end the event turned into a great evening's tasting with some interesting company, cracking spirits and one belter of a cigar. Rob Allanson Reports

June 2008, Issue 72, page 42

A Meeting of Minds
Joel Harrison heads to Leeds to check out an excellent food and whisky menu.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 56

A midsummer night's dreeam
Martine Nouet finds whiskies that lend themselves to teh warm, care free days of summer and creates a refreshing menu to accompany them

June 2001, Issue 16, page 36

A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market

December 2010, Issue 92, page 58

A Polish Surprise
In search of some elusive Polish Whisky

December 2013, Issue 116, page 42

A rare breed (Wild Turkey)
Wild Turkey is an old-fashioned American spirit, full of character, with an ability to seduce all-comers. Stuart Maclean-Ramsay pays his respects.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 38

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 taste of Danish
Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail

September 2005, Issue 50, page 55

A taste of India
The market for whisky in India is huge. Tom Bruce-Gardyne examines its colourful, unconventional nature

March 2003, Issue 29, page 26

A touch of spice
Spicy food works well with whisky.Martine Nouet visited La Porte des Indes for a special Indian food and whisky tasting

June 2006, Issue 56, page 44

A ward of the bar
Jefferson Chase unearths a gem of whisky writing

March 2007, Issue 62, page 45

A wave of innovation
Our man visits this venerable Canadian distillery that has a few tricks up its sleeve

June 2013, Issue 112, page 42

About the blends
This issue we decided to focus on and how they are viewed by the drinking public. We put two questions to Whisky Magazine's online community at www.whiskymag.com to see what they thought.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 36

Amanti del whisky di qualita
Tom Bruce-Gardyne investigates the success of an Italian club for whisky-lovers: the Single Malt Club of Scotland

June 2003, Issue 31, page 54

American Icons 2008
This edition we present the Icons of Whisky for America.

December 2007, Issue 68, page 8

An actor's tale
Jefferson Chase looks at a literary rule breaker

October 2008, Issue 75, page 75

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

Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions

June 2007, Issue 64, page 53

Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions

September 2007, Issue 66, page 31

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

At home with the haydocks
It's not often you get to see inside the secret life of John Haydock. Whisky Magazine's Jocasta Eatwell writes.

November 2003, Issue 35, page 82

Attracting barfiles
There is only one place to take the temperature of the great cocktail makers, New Orleans. Liza Weisstuch went to see what's shaking.

September 2008, Issue 74, page 14

Australia's best kept secret? (Fidel's)
Fidel's in Melbourne is giving Australia's finest city a taste of true luxury – but don't tell anybody. Naren Young reports

March 2006, Issue 54, page 60

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

 

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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 33.70 Ardbeg Keith Richards meets Socrates 1998 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
7 An effusively phenolic smouldering hulk. Recommended.

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.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.4 Tibetan Joss-Sticks and Polynesian Pork 1990 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 59.30%
7 The nose is a delight. To enjoy the palate,you have to be a wood freak.

Bunnahabhain Manzanilla Sherry Wood 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.20%
7 Well controlled. Wood just coming into play and despite the sulphur it's a pleasing light,sweet spirit.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 1949, 50 Years Old, Millennium
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 A beautifully composed, luxurious whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
9 A lovely, luxurious whisky. I imagine a restaurant called café Opera. First, a little foie gras, then a couple of Maine lobsters, Marron glacé....and Blue Label?

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.20%
9 This is more like a supercharged Wild One. Defiantly robust, but with Devilish charm. I love it.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Lagavulin Limited Edition 2010
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50%
9 As good a Lagavulin as I've tasted. Hie thee to Islay!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Gold Signature
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
9 This jewel is bursting with life and joie de vivre, like a bright aromatic rainbow. Want a wee refill?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
9 Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
9 This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Springbank 1989, Limited Edition Limburg Festival Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
9 Springbank in pyrotechnic form. The sherry doubles the flavours, but arguably also softens the Campbeltown character.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Secret Bottlings Series 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A superb after dinner dram.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Selected by Berry's Glenlivet 1973 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A real cracker. Perfect balance. Rich, enticing. Alcohol is beautifully mastered.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Highland Park 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60%
8 Sheer classiness and head and shoulders above the rest for me.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Ardbeg Uigeadail
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20%
8 The elemental opposite of the sophisticated Lord of the Isles.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.40%
8 Those startling, appetising aromas and flavours had me cooking in a new kitchen. I must have let the Sabatier slip. Why else the TCP?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cutty Sark 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.70%
8 The extra years serve Cutty well. It is confident, expressive, expansive.

Laphroaig Vintage, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.30%
8 An excellent mix of the rich, the sweet and the smoky. Mouthfilling and complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rock Hill Farm Single Cask Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 The flavours may sound similar but it is the interplay of their subtleties that make this such an interesting whiskey. Try it with a double chocolate-chip cookie. Or a rocky road icecream.

The Glenlivet 1969 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80%
8 Magnificent, but I hate to think of the price!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1951 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
8 I am a great devotee of the older Macallans, but this one is too woody for me.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Fifties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Closest to The Macallan of today, appropriately enough.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Rennaissance
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90%
8 Everything here has been reduced to elemental levels. A nice circle completed.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Auchentoshan 36 Years Old, 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90%
8 Elegance personified. A great mature complex dram.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glendronach Parliament 21 Years Old 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 A well balanced sherried whisky. Rich, complex with a beautiful finish.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Springbank 11 Years Old Madeira Wood 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10%
8 Substantial,multifaceted and complex. Highest recommendation.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Aberlour 15 Years Old, Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Complex and sophisticated.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Aberlour 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 More sophisticated, especially in the finish. Better balanced, but less voluptuous maltiness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Benromach 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Balanced and poised.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Darkest
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Not that dark – just tawny. Whisky in its mid teens, I would say, but from superb sherry casks.

 

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