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
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 bourbon thoroughbred
Stuart Maclean Ramsay was totally sedcued by Kentucky's smallest distillery, which uses Scottish copper pot stills and a rare method of distillation.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 30
A drop of the soft stuff
Ian Wisniewski assesses the effect of the water used in whisky production and as mixer on the drink we love
October 2002, Issue 26, 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 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
Are regional labels a dodgy area?
How important is regionalism to the character of whisky, and can broad generalisations be made? Ian Wisniewski considers
November 2004, Issue 44, page 56
July 2004, Issue 41, page 44
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
Claiming the title
Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery
June 2013, Issue 112, page 31
Cometh the hour
Fettercairn has been at best ignored and at worst pilloried for many years now. But a fight back is underway. Dominic Roskrow follows a two year rehabilitation campaign
October 2010, Issue 91, page 40
Cutting no corners (The Macallan)
The Macallan is one of the truly iconic distilleries but it is not resting on its laurels. Dominic Roskrow went to stay there
April 2007, Issue 63, page 32
Dispelling the myths
This month, Diageo's £40 million complex at Roseisle opened its doors to the press, offering an insight into one of Scotland's most ambitious - and controversial distillery projects in the last deca...
October 2010, Issue 91, page 46
Distilling with Swiss Precision
Ian Buxton finds there's more to Switzerland than cheese, cuckoo clocks and cow bells
June 2012, Issue 104, page 33
Ian Wisniewski asks what is reflux, and what influence does this have?
April 2011, Issue 95, page 34
Foreshots and Feints
The quality of a new make spirit is crucial to making good whisky. Ian Wisniewski delves deeper into the process
August 2006, Issue 58, page 61
From Eau-de-Vie to Uisge Beatha
Alex Kraaijeveld looks at the growth of alternative distillers worldwide – and he likes what he sees
June 2002, Issue 23, page 60
Heart of the community
Visiting one of the most distinctive distilleries in Scotland
July 2013, Issue 113, page 44
Martine Nouet looks at the kiln's part in whisky making
September 2012, Issue 106, page 28
Dave Broom concludes his indepth investigation of the Irish whiskey industry
July 2008, Issue 73, page 52
It all comes out in the wash
Every part of the distillation process is crucial to making good whisky. Ian Wisniewski explains
July 2006, Issue 57, page 64
Let the whisky speak
Our man follows craft distiller Chip Tate on a mission to Scotland
March 2014, Issue 118, page 38
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
Liquid thunder, storm in a glass
Talisker is an icon malt and it's celebrating its 175th anniversary. Dave Broom takes a walk on its wildside.
October 2005, Issue 51, page 36
Marcin Miller joined a very select number of invited guests for the ultimate Macallan tasting.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 14
Meet the awkward squad
The basic process of making whisky is similar throughout the world. But there are always some who have to be different. Dave Broom meets the misfits
March 2005, Issue 46, page 44
Northern Highland highlights
Gavin D Smith visits three Diageo distilleries in search of a sense of regionalisation.
January 2009, Issue 77, page 46
Not as Daft as it Seems (Daftmill)
Neil Wilson visits this pretty farmhouse distillery
April 2012, Issue 103, page 34
On her Majesty's service (Royal Lochnagar)
Royal Lochnagar is an iconic distillery that ticks all the whisky lovers' boxes. Ian Buxton visited it
August 2006, Issue 58, page 32
Painting the riverred
Gavin D Smith heads out to the the Outer Hebrides to see what's going on.
November 2008, Issue 76, page 46
Spirit of the times
In the first of a two part series looking at new make spirit, Ian Wisniewski considers the range of characteristics that appear in new make spirit,and how they are created.
April 2009, Issue 79, page 28
Stalking the stag
The Dalmore is a sleeping giant but it's starting to stir. Dominic Roskriw visited one of Scotland's strangest distilleries.
June 2008, Issue 72, page 38
Standing out from the pack
Cragganmore is an anomaly – a maverick Speysider chosen by its owners to represent the Speyside region, a quiet and complex malt produced at a distillery in the shadow of the mighty and getting migh...
July 2010, Issue 89, page 40
Still very important
Ian Wisniewski explains how differing still designs influence the style and flavour of whisky
November 2001, Issue 19, page 42
In the first of two articles on stills, Ian Wisniewskilooks at the role of the wash still,and what happens during the first distillation process
June 2008, Issue 72, page 24