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Whisky Glossary : Single malt whisky

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 122

Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

Single malt whisky

Malt whisky from a single distillery.

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

?Adventurous Bottles
?Our collections expert heads out into the unknown

September 2013, Issue 114, page 79

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 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 dream of a distillery (Arran)
Our Mystery Visitor travels to Arran

November 2003, Issue 35, page 42

A Family Affair
Connosr.com is a social network site for whisky enthusiasts. We spoke to Pierre about the rise and rise of one of the web's best sites

April 2011, Issue 95, page 31

A Greener Future
We asked two of our writers to look at the issues affecting Scottish and American producers. The problems may be pressing but there is plenty of innovation out there to keep the industry green

March 2012, Issue 102, page 21

A matter of art in a glass
What makes a great blend,and why do the biggest brands command such loyalty? Ian Buxton reports

October 2005, Issue 51, page 22

A new frontier
Jonathan McCormick looks at selling bourbon to the Scots.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 20

A reluctant whisky hero? (Bill Smith Grant)
Bill Smith Grant wasn't meant to inherit The Glenlivet. But as Iain Russell reports, his bold business decisions once he did revolutionised the whisky and made it famous

March 2006, Issue 54, page 46

A sense of determination
Davin de Kergommeaux undertakes the great Western Canadian distillery challenge

September 2010, Issue 90, page 30

A Speyside landmark
Joel Harrison braves a cold snap and heads up to Benromach

April 2013, Issue 111, page 40

A tale of two distillers
Dave reflects on recent changes announced in the whisky industry.

July 2008, Issue 73, page 12

A touch of glass
There is no doubt that the glass you use has an effect on the appreciation of the spirit therein. Marcin Miller investigate further.

July 2002, Issue 24, page 46

Ageing Gracefully
The quiet son of Islay whiskies, Bunnahabhain, is to launch a oneoff limited edition 40 Years Old single malt whisky.

December 2012, Issue 108, page 8

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

An industry mourns
The whisky world has paid tribute to one of its biggest supporters – Michael Jackson–long time Whisky Magazine contributor, author, journalist and towering authority on whisky and beer. Here is a ...

September 2007, Issue 66, page 7

An old con
Dave Broom exposes the shady side of the antique, collectable whisky market

January 2003, Issue 28, page 16

Ask the expert
John Rose answers another selection of our readers' letters

November 2006, Issue 60, page 33

Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions

September 2007, Issue 66, page 31

Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

September 2008, Issue 74, page 36

Ask the expert
Some time ago I found this really nice old whisky decanter. It is gallon Watsons Dundee Whisky, which shows a picture of a Highlander throwing a big rock.Well I have read a bit on the web, and I know ...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 37

Ask the expert
I'm looking for the six classic single malts “Double Matured”miniatures. I already have the six Classic Single Malt miniatures but somebody told me that there is also a Double Matured version. It ...

January 2009, Issue 77, page 36

Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

February 2009, Issue 78, page 80

Ask the expert
If you have a question for John,send it to editorial@whiskymag.com or by post to Questions & Answers, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House Mountergate, Norwich,England, NR1 1PY

June 2009, Issue 80, page 72

Ask the expert
I would like your help with the value of a bottle of The Balvenie I purchased a few years ago in Scotland. It is a Vintage Cask 1951 hand bottled at the distillery 7th November 1996 from Cask 1236. It...

July 2009, Issue 81, page 72

Ask the expert
In 2003 I purchased a bottle of Glenfiddich Concorde Private Vintage 1976 while on a transatlantic flight. I hasten to add that I was travelling on air miles. I paid £200 for the whisky and it remain...

September 2009, Issue 82, page 73

Ask the Expert
I'm hoping that you could help me with some information on a bottle of Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg. Distilled in 1974, the label says it was bottled in 1996 at ABV 40%. I am hoping th...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 82

Ask The Expert
Although born in London, my parents were both from Glasgow. Consequently during the war, the family were evacuated back there. This meant that my formative years were spent having it drummed into me t...

February 2013, Issue 109, page 74

Ask The Expert
Send your questionsto editorial@whiskymag.com or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

April 2013, Issue 111, page 82

Ask the expert
I have a very old, unopened bottle of Claymore Rare Old Scotch Whisky bottled by MacDonald Greenlees Ltd, Distillers, Leith. The bottle was a gift from my neighbour's wife after her husband passed aw...

October 2013, Issue 115, page 82

Ask the Expert
Send your questions to editorial@whiskymag.com or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

September 2014, Issue 122, page 82

Auld Acquaintance
Out with the old and in with the new, encourages Jonny McCormick

March 2012, Issue 102, page 74

Boxing Clever
Joel Harrison explores the creation of a new blend.

March 2013, Issue 110, page 31

 

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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.

World Whiskies Awards 2009 - Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Highland Park 21 Years Old
- Scotland - 47.50%
8 A drier expression of HP from the norm and all the more fascinating for that.Recommended.

World Whiskies Awards 2013 - World's Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Galileo
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.00%
8 Perfect balance. Hidden complexity.

Bakery Hill Peated Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt - Australia - 46.00%
7 Interesting but needs to fill out.

World Whiskies Awards 2009 - World's Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner

Highland Park 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
7 A touch astringent for my tastes, but respectable. Ambassador, surely you should be really spoiling us?

World Whiskies Awards 2011 - World's Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner

Yamazaki 1984
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00%
7 A huge whisky but overwhelmingly fruity and alcoholic.

Whisky Breton Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt - France - 40.00%
7 Pleasant enough, but a Breton whisky should surely offer some kind of regional difference?

Cock o' the North Liqueur Single Malt Whisky Liqueur
- Scotland - 35.00%
3 The less obviously whiskyish of these two liqueurs.

World Whiskies Awards 2010 - World's Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10%

 

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