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.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Japanese craft whisky, Sedgwick, Kentucky Peerless
The spirit coming off a still.
While oak ageing is an historic tradition, wood management is a far more recent discipline. The benefits of oak ageing have long been appreciated, rather than understood, but it's only since the 1970s...
August 2002, Issue 25, page 59
What happens when your lot remains unsold at auction
February 2014, Issue 117, page 80
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
4 Roses blooming
As most American whiskeys look overseas for new drinkers, Four Roses finds its growth back home. Charles Cowdery investigates.
July 2008, Issue 73, page 14
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
?Finding new uses for those forgotten bottles
September 2013, Issue 114, page 58
?Here comes the story of the Murricane
September 2013, Issue 114, page 77
?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 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 barrel of laughs
Brian Hennigan chuckles his way through a rich supply of Scottish whisky humour
August 2002, Issue 25, page 18
A big hand for gambling nights
Social poker nights both at home or at style bars and clubs have been the fad trend of 2005 – and whisky has been the drink of choice. Rob Allanson reports
January 2006, Issue 53, page 18
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 brave new world
Using his knowledge and passion for wine,whisky maker John Hall is creating one of the most iconic Canadian brands, Rob Allanson went to find out why.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 45
A Bridge Further
Whisky chef Martine Nouet looks at some extreme pairings
March 2012, Issue 102, page 57
A Canadian Feast
Martine Nouet heads north for a challenging pairing
March 2011, Issue 94, page 52
A Case for Blends
Gavin D. Smithis a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and the author of more than a dozen books about whisky, along with several on beer and Scottish history. He is also contributing editor of www...
September 2011, Issue 98, page 13
A case of Norwegian wood
Martin Moodle conducts his annual survey on what's hot - and good value - in the duty free shops of the world
August 2002, Issue 25, page 56
A China crisis?
Dominic Roskrow considers what the long term effects of an increased demand for whisky might be
March 2006, Issue 54, page 5
A City of Secret Spots
Davin de Kergommeauxgoes searching in Taipei for some excellent bars
December 2012, Issue 108, page 46
A class of their own
Tom Bruce-Gardyne looks into the story of the Haig empire
October 2002, Issue 26, page 48
A country beyond kentucky
Think American whiskey and you think Kentucky. But across the United States there are other options – including the biggest of them all
April 2008, Issue 71, page 38
A cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside
November 2004, Issue 44, page 34
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 Decade of Challenges
Martine Nouetheads to Sweden to find out what has been happening at the country's foremost distillery
February 2012, Issue 101, page 34
A decade of words
To mark our 10th anniversary we decided to dig into our archives and bring some of the wittiest, incisive and often poignant words from our two columnists, starting the late, great Michael Jackson.
November 2008, Issue 76, page 14
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 distillery seeped in history (Clynelish)
Ian Buxton travels North of Inverness to the remote distillery at Clynelish
July 2005, Issue 49, page 34
A dream of a distillery (Arran)
Our Mystery Visitor travels to Arran
November 2003, Issue 35, page 42
A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery
July 2002, Issue 24, page 52
A Flavour Profile
We look at the range of flavours malt whisky offers, and ask how they develop and interact
January 2016, Issue 133, page 38
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
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.
Glengoyne 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Just get the feeling that bottling at a slightly higher strength might have given it the kick it needs for the palate to balance the nose.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 9 Frighteningly good. Godzilla is alive and well and living in Campbeltown.
John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Monstrous but elegant and complex. What would it have been like at cask strength?!
Prometheus 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00% 9 That's a fine old Speyside malt!
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Style White Corn
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 9 Copious eulogising is definitely deserved, but to be brief… wow!
Aultmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Beautiful and mature. I'm running out of superlatives for it.
Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 9 A pure beauty. Absolutely beaming on nose and palate. The best a sherry cask can offer.
The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40% 9 The ultimate dessert dram. Beautifully composed.
Master of Malt (Single Cask Series) Paul John 6 Years Old
Single Malt - India - 59.70% 9 Absolutely stunning. If this is the distillery I think it is, it continues to impress me with its releases.
Syndicate 58/6 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Ooh, now that has a beautiful palate cleansing finish!
Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70% 9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight
Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 A drop in strength from the Special Release expressions but a massive upping in complexity. An instant classic.
Ben Nevis The President's Cask 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40% 8 A little water and this beauty unwinds into a sublime whisky.
Glen Moray 25 Years Old Port Cask Finish, Batch 3
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Evocative and succulent. A beautifully balanced refill sherry matured dram.
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.
Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.70% 8 A superb dram with an intriguing oak character.
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 0.00% 8 The perfect Old Fashioned whiskey? Na, just give me this one neat and a dime for the juke box in the corner.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tormore Batch 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40% 8 A lovely Spey. I'd like to have seen a little more honey sweetness on the finish to balance the drier notes, but that's picky.
Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 At an ‘all you can eat' buffet in Chicago, a woman piling her plate said to me: “isn't this sinful?” This is temptation in a bottle.
Brora 30 Years Old, Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 Exuberant interplay of sweet and dry flavours, pivoted on a firm malt background.
Cutty Sark 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.70% 8 The extra years serve Cutty well. It is confident, expressive, expansive.
The Macallan Exceptional Cask IV
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Not so much a winter whisky as a bear-hug. Or do the Grampians have a Mac Yeti?
Auchentoshan 36 Years Old, 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90% 8 Elegance personified. A great mature complex dram.
Blue Hanger 3rd Release 30 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 45.60% 8 By definition vatted malts are designed to iron out blemishes but rarely rise above the good or very good. This is exceptional not just against this competition but in any categoryof whisky. Outstandi...
Lombard Jewels of Scotland Springbank 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10% 8 I'm lost for words!
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 8 Seriously impressive. The combination of oils and soot stick to the palate.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1985 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90% 8 A sherry second fill cask? Superb, rewarding, well balanced, complex. Bring the best chocolate!
Reference Series Reference Series III
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50% 8 Warm waffles drizzled in runny honey. Excellent stuff.
Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Demanding and stern. Take some time to understand it. A complex whisky as it reveals its secrets.
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A bit overbalanced by sherry, but nicely rounded by the smoky finish.
Lombard Single Malt Glen Keith 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.90% 8 A lovely mature malt which skilfully blends maturity and freshness.
Midleton Very Rare
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 In general, Midleton is a bit too elegant for me, but this is a lovely vintage. The Yquem of whiskies?
Signatory Straight from the Cask Port Ellen 24 Years Old, Burgundy finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 Lots happening here. A complex and highly unusual expression of Port Ellen.
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