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
50 not out
In these times when both job security and loyalty are so often at a premium, it seems remarkable that one man has worked for the same company for 50 years. Even in the Scotch whisky industry, where f...
January 1970, Issue 84, page 8
A balance of tradition and efficiency (Speyburn)
Deanston Distillery is something of a hidden gem. Ian Buxton visited it
April 2006, Issue 55, page 26
A Flirtatious Spirit
Ian Buxton heads north to find a Distillery in a basement
September 2012, Issue 106, page 40
A gem in the eye of a storm (Cardhu)
Say the word ‘Cardhu' and it stirs up images of underhand dealings. But the distillery intrinsically linked to last year's scandal is charming and impressive, and its staff outstanding. Ian Buxton r...
January 2005, Issue 45, page 30
A grievous loss (Rosebank)
In the latest of our series Gavin D Smith looks at the history behind Rosebank
July 2007, Issue 65, page 31
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 new flame (Kilchorman)
Gavin Smith takes a stroll by Kilchorman, the first new distillery of the millennium-and the first on Islay since 1883
February 2002, Issue 21, page 22
A pioneer of the spirit
Stewart Mcbain praises the contribution of Charles Cree Doig an unsung hero of the Scotch whisky industry
December 2000, Issue 13, page 26
A question of choice
Michael Jacksonponders the age old question of what's your favourite
August 2006, Issue 58, page 11
A Quiet Confidence
Seáneen Sullivan explores the myths and magic of this iconic Islay distillery
December 2012, Issue 108, page 32
A rare bird indeed
Gavin Smith looks at the history of Phoenix Park in Dublin.
April 2009, Issue 79, page 32
A region once again (Campbeltown)
Robin Laing packs his bags and heads out to Campbeltown to find whisky production is thriving again
April 2007, Issue 63, page 54
A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery
March 2014, Issue 118, page 30
A Road Less Travelled
Gavin D. Smith follows the Northern Highland Whisky Trail
July 2011, Issue 97, page 34
A royal threesome
It's one of the easier whisky trivia questions. Which three Scottish distilleries are allowed to append the word 'royal' to their titles, asks Gavin Smith.
November 2000, Issue 12, page 42
A sense of Islay
Martine Nouet takes a scent and taste tour of whisky's most famous island as a preview for the forthcoming Islay Whisky Festival 2002
May 2002, Issue 22, page 30
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 view to a kiln
Kilning might seem to be a standard practice,but it has a large bearing on the whisky-making process. Ian Wisniewski reports
June 2006, Issue 56, page 62
Abalance of quality and price
Inverallan Scotch Malt Whisky is using the Internet to promote whisky and Scottish water across the world. Eluned Price reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 44
Alike in dignity (Ardmore and Glendronach)
Ardmore and Glendronach have much in common but at the moment their experiences are very different. Dominic Roskrow visited both
July 2007, Issue 65, page 32
February 2004, Issue 37, page 42
Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,John looks at books for collectors and the whisky enthusiast. In questions,he fields your enqu...
January 2008, Issue 69, page 34
Ask the Expert
A friend has this interesting bottle of Burke's Whiskey by E&J Burke, Dublin he got through a family member, from the Canadian prairies. Could you shed any light on this item regarding its age and the...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 74
May 2004, Issue 39, page 36
February 2004, Issue 37, page 54
Beauty is in the glass of the beholder (Old Pulteney)
Gavin D Smith tells the story of Old Pulteney, a beautiful whisky from a 'ginm, windswpt fishing town.'
February 2001, Issue 14, page 38
Gavin D. Smith looks into the organic label
March 2012, Issue 102, page 26
BIRTH OF A LEGEND
Ichiro Akuto has been a major player in the world of artisinal Japanese whisky for more than a decade, well known for bottling the successful Hanyu Card Series. Neil Ridleycatches up for a dram on the...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 68
Bladnoch's bold revival
Gavin Smith retraces the resurrection of Scotland's most southerly distillery, and discovers why it is being directed by an Irishman.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 28
Bowling for Littlemill
Gavin D.Smith investigates the lost fortunes of Glasgow's other distillery.
February 2008, Issue 70, page 30
Brave new world
Visitors ot the new Dewar's World of Whisky centre will be dazzled by the arry but thank heavens real distilling gets a look in.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 34
Brewing up a storm
Gavin Smith tells the complex story of Scottish brewing and its inextricable links with distilling
February 2002, Issue 21, page 52
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
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Made when the distillery had its own maltings, and an eloquent advocate for such an arrangement.
Ardbeg Oloroso Finish, Cask 4704
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20% 8 Nothing too elaborate here. Good honest Islay whisky. Have this with breakfast and you will live forever, or feel that way.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Another wee charmer from anCnoc.
Glen Garioch 12 Years Old, National Trust for Scotland bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.40% 7 Approachable and enjoyable, but a little mild-mannered for me. Bring back the peat…please!
Glen Garioch 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A reminder that a distillery with its own maltings gains a layer of character. So long as the maltings is working.