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.
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special
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
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 family affair
Charles Maclean visits inverarity Vaults a family company which has already earnt quite a reputation for the quality of its whiskies
December 2000, Issue 13, page 48
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
Tom BG began writing about drink 20 years ago, starting with wine and progressing to whisky when he moved back to Scotland in 1998. He has worked for The Sunday Telegraph, Decanter, Harpers and Whisky...
October 2011, Issue 99, page 13
In part three of our series on whisky labels we will take a peek behind Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose
July 2013, Issue 113, page 42
June 2004, Issue 40, page 20
So how do whiskies cope once they have come of age and are ready for single-malt marriage? Ian Wisniewski investigates
June 2003, Issue 31, 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
Gavin D. Smith looks into the organic label
March 2012, Issue 102, page 26
BIRTH OF A LEGEND
Ichiro Akuto has been a major player in the world of artisinal Japanese whisky for more than a decade, well known for bottling the successful Hanyu Card Series. Neil Ridleycatches up for a dram on the...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 68
Ian Buxton gets his taste buds tickled with the latest releases
October 2006, Issue 59, page 59
Ian Wisniewski investigates one of whisky's most controversial and maligned ingredients … caramel
May 2002, Issue 22, page 52
Cask Strength Malts
The tradition of high strength bottlings was a natural launch pad for cask strength malts,which have gathered momentum since the late 1980s. Ian Wisniewski finds out more.
March 2007, Issue 62, page 60
Ian Buxton dusts off the film canisters to discover a lost world
July 2007, Issue 65, page 46
Claiming the title
Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery
June 2013, Issue 112, page 31
A snapshot of this iconic Islay Brand at the auctions
April 2013, Issue 111, page 79
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
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is riding high again with a trendy new bolt-hole in central London. Margaret Rand takes a closer look at this revival in fortunes
October 1999, Issue 6, page 38
Few distilleries can claim to have been around for 175 years. Fewer still have remained in the same family ownership for nearly 150 of those years. And even fewer are still independent, and flourishi...
July 2011, Issue 97, page 8
Four Royal bottles
A selection of bottlings marking Royal occasion
June 2013, Issue 112, page 79
Gavin D. Smith chats with John Glaser about the influence of French oak
April 2012, Issue 103, page 20
From concert pianist to connoisseur
Michael Jackson talks to Rachel Barrie, a woman who had childhood dreams of being a ballerina or a concert pianist, but became Glenmorangie's Product Development Leader.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 24
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
From the Editor
Should you be scanning the illustration on the cover of this issue looking for your home country, please don't take offence if it is not there. It's a cartoon and does not, therefore, bear excessive g...
July 2002, Issue 24, page 5
Glenweevil an everyday story of distilling folk 2
The story so far at our fictional distillery: under the new ownership Andrew had to reapply for his own job. Ruth has informed Andrew of the discovery of several casks of pre-war whisky in an old cell...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 74
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
How to be nosey
Nosing is a complex and skillful business. Ian Wisniewski looks at what it takes to get to the top
July 2005, Issue 49, page 72
Hung, drawn... and quartered?
Allied is rolling out its quarter cask range after the success of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Dave Broom was given a sneak preview
June 2005, Issue 48, page 34
In conversation with Robert Hicks
Charles Maclean talks to Robert Hicks, the master blender at Allied Distillers.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 90
October 2004, Issue 43, page 72
The Isle of Harris Distillery
December 2014, Issue 124, page 6
It's All in the Mix
The Compass Box Blending School
October 2014, Issue 123, page 44
October 2004, Issue 43, page 18
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
Blended - Ireland - 43.00% 8 Long one of my great favourites. In composition, it is the the simplest of blends, yet it demonstrates how malt can someimes be enhanced by a leavening of grain.
Connemara Single Malt Irish whiskey
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 The revival of rustic peatiness adds a whole new element to today's palette of Irish whiskey flavours.
Highland Park 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A beautifully balance classic islander.
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 There is some virgin oak in this one, along with bourbon casks. Bonus points for trying something new, but would have expected more interesting results. I find it a bit light tasting. Try it with fres...
Springbank 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Scores extra points for complexity.
Connemara Cask Strength
Single Malt - Ireland - 59.60% 8 The paler colour suggests less interesting casks. The higher the alcohol adds to the pepperiness. The end result is drier, more cutting, but less rounded than the 40%.
Ian Macleod Pure Island Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Light but enjoyable flavours. A lively, attractive, feminine whisky, but the island character is scarcely evident: an omission for which a half point is deducted.
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?
Glenmorangie Three Cask Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A very unusual vatting (bourbon, plain charred oak and Rioja) has produced equally strange flavours. Less oaky vanilla and more Rioja than I would have expected. I like its eccentricity, but it loses ...
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 6 A pleasant, light-tasting malt.
Lombard Golden Harvest
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Too young? Or a restricted vatting? Not very exciting.
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20 replies. Ever make your own vattings?
58 replies. Single malt or vatting or..?
12 replies. Vatting vs Finishing
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