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

 

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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 Road Less Travelled
Gavin D. Smith follows the Northern Highland Whisky Trail

July 2011, Issue 97, page 34

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

All at sea (Lagavulin)
The Mystery Visitor travels to Islay and puts Lagavulin under the spotlight

July 2005, Issue 49, page 42

Arran adventure
Dave Broom is writing a book on distillery-related walks. Here he confronts Goat Fell

August 2006, Issue 58, page 54

As easy as A,B,C
New to whisky? Then this new series goes back to basics. Dominic Roskrow explains

October 2006, Issue 59, page 74

Asinglemaltforthepurists(Balvenie)
OncejustWilliamGrant's‘other'Dufftowndistillery,Balvenieisstartingtobuildabigreputationforitself.IanBuxtonwenttopayhomage

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
Questions and answers

March 2014, Issue 118, page 66

At the helm
Whisky and sailing goes well together,as Rob Allanson found out when he took to the high seas with the Bunnahabhain crew

September 2007, Issue 66, page 59

Captain's log
'Win a week's sailing in the Classic Malts Millennium Cruise,' writes Philip Froude, 'too good a chance to let pass by I think and, blow me down, I win!'

November 2000, Issue 12, page 41

Cherry Aid
Neil Ridley has a few suggestions to get your Manhattan perfect and your Sour really singing

October 2012, Issue 107, page 38

Classic Ardbegs
A snapshot of this iconic Islay Brand at the auctions

April 2013, Issue 111, page 79

Desperately seeking Speyside
“To set foot somewhere is a physical connection, a sense of truly being there. I wanted to feel Speyside as terra firma.” Pictures and story by a footsore Michael Jackson

July 2001, Issue 17, page 34

Dial M for malts
In our series looking at whisky terms we have reached the letter m. In the first of two features Dominic Roskrow looks at malts and malting.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 35

Dispatches
COUPLE ON KINDLE The revised and updated edition of The Road to Craigellachie - Revisited, (2012), Hans Offringa's well-known travel story about Scotland and whisky, is now available on Kindle. The...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 7

Edinburgh detective ages aswell as his whisky
Roddy Martine shares a dram with Ian Rankin as he celebrates 20 years of his most famous creation,Inspector Rebus

March 2007, Issue 62, page 54

Editors Word
The joy of occasions

December 2013, Issue 116, page 3

Elusive and illicit Speyside spirit
Gavin Smith traces the reportedly romantic but often mercenary history of illicit distilling in Speyside

November 2001, Issue 19, page 56

Enduring Legacy
Isabel Graham-Yooll is a key driving force behind one of the world's most iconic whisky shops. Dominic Roskrow

January 2011, Issue 93, page 35

Festive Food
Even though Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday each year, which means we do not have the luxury of a week-end immediately beforehand to prepare for it or one straight after to recover, it does not mean ...

October 1999, Issue 6, page 37

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July 2004, Issue 41, page 74

Four Royal bottles
A selection of bottlings marking Royal occasion

June 2013, Issue 112, page 79

From Akons to Oak Barrels
It might not seem the most obvious of pairings but as Charles K. Cowdery discovers, pig and whiskey is a match made in heaven.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 56

Grist to themill
Ian Wisniewski gets to grips with an often overlooked yet vitally important stage of the production process – milling

October 2006, Issue 59, page 56

Has Kentucky Lost it's Mojo
Is Kentucky in danger of losing its special place in the hearts of whiskey lovers? Some say the decline has already begun. Charles K. Cowdery finds out...

January 2011, Issue 93, page 14

Heading off the trail
Charles K. Cowdery looks at 25 additions to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to help give you a bigger whiskey picture.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 14

Hold on to Your Horses
Join Hans Offringa on the racetrack and beyond in our series about old and interesting whisky labels

June 2014, Issue 120, page 36

Holy Smoke
Martine Nouet looks at the kiln's part in whisky making

September 2012, Issue 106, page 28

Horses and hipflasks
The distinctly 'non-horsey' Marcin Miller dons his wellies in Pitlochry for a spot of whisky fuelled equestrianism.

December 2000, Issue 13, page 40

Horses for 'Farclas
The inaugural Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase was held at the Cheltenham race course recently. The lucky winner was Davy Russell aboard Dix Villez.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 7

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Inspirational distilling
The VIP tour of Balvenie is quite arguably the best Scotland has to offer. Our man indulged himself.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 40

Isbourboncomingofage?
IsthereaperfectageforAmericanwhiskey–andaredifferentageexpressionsdrivingthemarketorindangerofharmingit?

July 2004, Issue 41, page 24

Island life
From Orkney to Arran,Scotland's islands are home to some of Scotland's best distilleries.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 38

Kentucky ready to take visitors to its heart
Whisky Magazine will again be present at this year's Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which is to be held in the heart of bourbon country in September. Bardstown, Kentucky, is the centre of the world's bo...

July 2001, Issue 17, page 13

 

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Abbey Whisky Caperdonich 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 My first ‘summer' whisky and it is only March. Here comes the sun.

Glenmorangie Ealanta 19 Years Old
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 Less complexity on the palate, but the nose can pop round for a visit anytime it likes.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1957 Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.70%
7 On one hand, I admire how one-dimensional this is, but it isn't going to be for everyone.

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Maple Wood
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 47.20%
7 Deep, rich. The final recommendation from a cracking bunch.

Glen Ord
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A well-balanced dram. Nothing lacking, nothing too much. Just pleasant.

The Famous Grouse
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
This is a subtle and clever blend.

 

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