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 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 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 family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery
July 2002, Issue 24, page 52
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 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 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 third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling
February 2014, Issue 117, page 36
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
All in the Mash
Iorwerth Griffiths explores a particularly Irish style
March 2011, Issue 94, page 18
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
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
Born again- and again and again (Benromach)
Benromach Distillery reopened last year, for the sixth time in its hundred-year history. Jim Murray hopes that this time it's for good
June 1999, Issue 4, page 28
Bring Back the Flavour
Dave Broom reflects on the changing fortunes of the Irish whiskey market
June 2011, Issue 96, page 10
How often have we read in a distillery's history a phrase along the lines of “…the following year much of the site was devastated by fire…”? Gavin D Smith investigates in the first part of our...
April 2009, Issue 79, page 48
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
Chills and thrills (Yoichi)
Dave Broomtries to discover the secret of Nikka by visiting its North Japanese Yoichi distillery
October 2003, Issue 34, page 32
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
Cragganmore: the reclusive classic
Gavin Smith coaxes this hermit crab distillery out of its shell
August 2002, Issue 25, page 52
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
Enduring Irish heritage
Gavin D.Smith looks at the legendary home of one of Ireland's celebrated whiskeys.
June 2009, Issue 80, page 32
Gavin D. Smith looks at the lost distillers of Merseyside
June 2011, Issue 96, page 30
We discover a hive of innovation in Speyside
October 2013, Issue 115, page 44
Exploring the geography of taste.
Alex Kraaijevild examines whether there is a correlation between the taste of whisky and distillery location.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 44
First of the royal malts (Royal Brackla)
Ian Buxton discovers the charms of Royal Brackla, also a RAF base at one time
September 2003, Issue 33, page 44
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
Fort William's loss
Gavin D.Smith charts the history of one of the two Fort William distilleries,Glenlochy.
July 2009, Issue 81, page 32
Fortune comes knocking (Knockdhu)
Knockdhu is an oddball distillery that defies categorisation.It's owned by Whisky Magazine Distiller of the Year,Inver House.Dominic Roskrow visited it.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 40
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
Going native on Deer Island
John Lamond visits one of the most charming and laid-back of the Scottish islands, Jura-home to one of the country's most remote distilleries.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 28
Heart of Oak
Chris Bunting visits Japan's most maritime distillery.
February 2010, Issue 86, page 46