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.
Titanic Belfast, Small Batch Blends, Toronto and Maker's Mark
A giant culled
Gavin D Smithlooks at the recent loss of Dumbarton,a once vast grain distillery
November 2007, Issue 67, page 34
A special corner (South and East Highlands)
The region known as The Highlands covers a huge and disparate area. So in this area we focus just on the South and East part of the region
July 2007, Issue 65, page 36
Ask the expert
I was given an unopened bottle of 1961 Gooderham's Centennial Whisky. How much is this bottle worth? C Lacroix, Canada This is a bottle of blended Canadian whisky 15 Years Old bottled by Gooderham an...
March 2013, Issue 110, page 72
Down with collectors
John D Lamond laments the rise of whisky collectors- unnatural creatures who should be forced to drink the stuff, and preferably share it with him.
March 1999, Issue 2, page 44
High society (An Quaich Society)
The members of Canada 's An Quaich Society are real party animals, but their love of Scotch and the freedom it represents could not be more serious as Stuart Maclean Ramsay reports.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 64
The Distillery District, Toronto Our Canadian correspondents provide an intimate view of distilling in one of Canada's biggest cities
June 2013, Issue 112, page 46
In search of the genuine spirit
Our chap heads off on a mission to finding the craic in Toronto
February 2014, Issue 117, page 46
In the shadow of Mount Fuji (Gotemba)
Gotemba Distillery enjoys special status in Japan. Dave Broom visited it
July 2006, Issue 57, page 32
Into the melting pot
The mash tun is a vital vessel,accommodating the conversion of starch within the grist into sugars,using a sequence of three,or even four waters at a progressively higher temperatures. But rather than...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 26
Launching a Broadside
We find out what happens when a brewing legend decides to enter the distilling world
June 2012, Issue 104, page 54
Lessons with the cask force (Bowmore)
Making whisky is all about rolling up your sleeves and getting down among the peat as Dave Broom found out at Bowmore distillery
October 1999, Issue 6, page 46
Meet the awkward squad
The basic process of making whisky is similar throughout the world. But there are always some who have to be different. Dave Broom meets the misfits
March 2005, Issue 46, page 44
Northern Highland highlights
Gavin D Smith visits three Diageo distilleries in search of a sense of regionalisation.
January 2009, Issue 77, page 46
There's a noble tradition of whisky making in Canada based on the superb qualtiy of its grain. Kathleen Sloan and Ted Mcintosh pay tribute to a unique spirit.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 60
Not just a question of taste
Philip Hills writes an introduction to the first part of an abridged extract from his fascinatin new book Appreciating whisky
November 2000, Issue 12, page 50
Out of the Box
Gavin D. Smith looks at the latest Swedish distilling adventure.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 32
Spirit of the times
In the first of a two part series looking at new make spirit, Ian Wisniewski considers the range of characteristics that appear in new make spirit,and how they are created.
April 2009, Issue 79, page 28
The Cooley effect
In the second of three features asking ‘what is Irish whiskey? 'Dave Broom gets caught up in Cooley
February 2008, Issue 70, page 22
The elements of style part 2
In the second of his three-part series on what determines the character of malt whisky, Professor Alan Rutherford looks at the effect mashing, fermentation and distillation have on flavour.
June 1999, Issue 4, page 33
The Heart of the Empire
Gavin D. Smith goes behind the scenes at Diageo's grain plant.
September 2011, Issue 98, page 28
The missing link
The recent Pernod Ricard-Allied deal reunited two great whisky names. But they were linked once before by whisky entrepreneur Jimmy Barclay. Iain Russell reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 48
The new rising son (Chichibu)
Dave Broom takes a trip to Japan's latest distillery.
October 2008, Issue 75, page 42
The Queen City of Canada
We take a tour round some of Toronto's excellent whisky drinking establishments
June 2013, Issue 112, page 53
The strange case of Capone's whisky
Leon Schoyan's whisky find was every diver's dream. Jim Leggett reports on how Prohibition era Scotch found its way back home
September 2005, Issue 50, page 52
Top Gear (Jackie Stewart)
Champion driver Jackie Stewart OBE tells Jane Slade why motor racing and whisky make a classic blend.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 14
Two bites of the sherry
If you're going to age whisky in heavily scented olorose casks you need a powerfully flavoured spirit to start off with. Stephen Brook examines the elements that make up the Macallan, and how second-...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 34
October 2004, Issue 43, page 36
In the final part of our series looking at whisky terms we look at the final letters of the alphabet, and in particular worm tubs and yeast.
November 2008, Issue 76, page 34
July 2004, Issue 41, page 32
In the first of two articles on yeast, Ian Wisniewski looks at the range available to distillers,and the practicalities that different choices entail.
September 2009, Issue 82, page 28