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Whisky Glossary : Vatted Malt

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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Vatted Malt

Malt whisky blended from several distilleries. Vatted malts contain no Grain Whisky

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 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 dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean

February 2002, Issue 21, page 34

A Noble view point (Sir Iain Noble)
In the first of a new series in which we talk to leading business figures, Richard Woodard talks to Sir Iain Noble

July 2006, Issue 57, page 28

A world in motion
The whisky industry seems to be rising to the challenge of attracting new drinkers while keeping the experts happy says Dominic Roskrow

June 2006, Issue 56, page 5

Blending blocks
Drink writer of the year Dave Broom investigates what exactly makes up a blend- and how blenders are steering away from old-school terminology to describe their art

July 2002, Issue 24, page 38

Box clever (John Glaser)
Dave Broom talks to John Glaser, the man exploring the boundaries of whisky

August 2002, Issue 25, page 34

Called to the bar
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 58

Clear as mud?
When is a Cardhu not a Cardhu? Dave Broom investigates

September 2003, Issue 33, page 12

Decoding labels
he whisky label is a treasure trove of information if you know how to crack the codes. Graham Moore reveals all

February 2000, Issue 8, page 50

Dial B for blends
In the second of our ‘back to basics'guides Dominic Roskrow looks at the letter B and in particular blends

November 2006, Issue 60, page 74

French Delights
Gavin D. Smith chats with John Glaser about the influence of French oak

April 2012, Issue 103, page 20

From the Editor
It is always instructive to place matters in their historial perspective, and this is as true for whisky as for other matters. The whisky trade has always been good at reinventing or forgetting its ...

August 1999, Issue 5, page 5

From the Editor
A thrill ran through the press shortly before Christmas, summed up by The Scotsman's headline: "Cheaper Whisky As Good As Fine Malts Say Experts" and inspired by a Which? report which had completed a ...

February 2001, Issue 14, page 5

Frontier spirit (Oddbins)
A drinks retail pioneer, Oddbins stands head and shoulders above many other UK chains for the way it approaches and sells Scotch – like a fellow whisky lover. Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds out more

June 2002, Issue 23, page 48

Gateway to exclusive whiskies
Joe Bates checks out the latest offers

March 2007, Issue 62, page 59

Go Johnnie go (Johnnie Wallker)
Johnnie Wallker is 200 years old. Ian Buxton looks at the history of a whisky icon

June 2005, Issue 48, page 20

Gone to pot
With Dave taking a break for this issue, we asked the BBC's Tom Morton to step up to the plate. He brings us the tale Lomond, Lobotomies and Captain Haddock.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 12

Grouse season
Dave looks at the famous bird's new clothes with an eye on past trends

September 2008, Issue 74, page 12

Hey, big blender
Marcin Miller visits Colin Scott, Master Blender at Chiva Brothers to learn about the subtle art of alchemy

November 2002, Issue 27, page 22

In conversation with Andrew Symington
Charles Maclean talks to Andrew Symington of Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky

December 2000, Issue 13, page 94

In search of the world's best whiskies
This is the third time we have held the Best of the Best. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, this is the biggest and most ambitious attempt yet to find the world's best whiskies

March 2005, Issue 46, page 18

In the wrong car park?
Tokyo you expect the unexpected - most of the time

March 2005, Issue 46, page 14

Inside track
Keir Sword of Royal Mile Whiskies is in the chair

July 2002, Issue 24, page 72

Jack and George
In the latest in our series we look at the letters T,U,V,and consider Tennessee whiskey

October 2008, Issue 75, page 33

Journey's end
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman discovers an oasis of whisky at the end of the line.

February 2009, Issue 78, page 36

Liquid education
Charles Cowdery discovers what the Scots taught the world.

October 2008, Issue 75, page 23

Macallan marathon
Marcin Miller joined a very select number of invited guests for the ultimate Macallan tasting.

July 2002, Issue 24, page 14

Magic in the mix
Why is it that the reverence for single malts can turn into disappointment, or disdain,when single malts are mixed together? Is this based on knowing what blending can achieve,or just unenlightened pr...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 72

Mix it up and start again
Why don't whiskies from different nations ever get belnded togeterh? Or do they? Gavin Smith found out

December 2003, Issue 36, page 32

Mixing it!
Does the art of blending vary with the size of the operation? Richard Jones talks to John Glaser of Compass Box and John Ramsay of The Famous Grouse

July 2005, Issue 49, page 30

Rising star
Andrew Symington has made huge success of Signatory, the world's second largest independent bottler. But this is just the beginning, as Tom Bruce-Gardyne found out.

June 2000, Issue 10, page 48

Simply misunderstood
Dave Broom sticks up for the overlooked 'oddball' of the whisky world, with some expert help

August 2002, Issue 25, page 30

Spicing up the industry
Compass Box's new product is a cracker. But will it upset the traditionalists?

October 2005, Issue 51, page 12

Standing out from the flock (Spencerfield Spirits)
Ian Buxton dons his wellies and digs out his shepherd's crook

June 2007, Issue 64, page 24

 

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World Whiskies Awards 2008 - World's Best Blended Malt Whisky - Winner

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...

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Famous Grouse 1987 Vintage Malt Whisky
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The Grouse at its most graceful.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Last Vatted Malt
Blended - Scotland - 53.70%
8 Every element in harmony and adding to a complex whole. A triumph.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box Eleuthera
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Hold your glass to your ear and listen to water lapping against the tarred boat hull.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt
Blended - Scotland - 58.30%
8 Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?

Glencoe 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00%
7 That simple one-two of sweetness and dryness is not especially complex, but the flavours are delicious. Very wholesome and appetising.

Grand Old Parr 18 Years Old, Classic
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Is this a vatted malt? Glendullan-plus?

Wild Scotsman 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A comforting dram, cheery, brings in visions of a warm summer day in the country.

Dram House Vatted Malt, 12 Years Old, Milroy's
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Conclusion: A true and easy-going mariner. Straight forwardness takes the place of complexity. Is Caol Ila a major player in the vatting?

Cearban Vatted Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Quite simple but pleasant.

 

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