Tag: whisky language

What Is Peat… and why does it matter?

When you are first exploring the whisky universe, you may notice that you hear a lot about peat. Many newbies wonder what it is and why it is so important. Indeed, while experienced whisky aficionados can pick out peat flavors...

/ August 18, 2011

What is Whisky Terroir Made Of?

Does whisky have a terroir? While many whisky lovers have a favorite distillery or region, many say no. In a recent survey of members of Whisky Magazine’s online forum, 62% said that terroir was not important in whisky’s taste and...

/ August 17, 2011

The No-Stress Guide to Planning a Terrific Tasting

Holding a tasting can be a great opportunity to get together with friends and share one of life’s greatest pleasures: good single malt whisky. However, holding a tasting can be a stressful experience for people who are relatively new to...

/ June 30, 2011

The 7 Major Scent Groups of Whisky

One of the major, easily identifiable differences between new whisky lovers and true aficionados is the appreciation of scent. Newcomers tend to be more interested in the taste and appearance of a fine single malt, while old-timers put a lot...

/ June 30, 2011

Whisky and Terroir

Some whisky lovers swear that scotch whiskies from certain areas are superior, while others feel just as strongly that geography is over-rated. The general consensus, however, is that terroir is a critical part of a whisky, even though there are...

/ June 30, 2011

Is There Such a Thing as ‘Too Strong’?

Is there such a thing as too strong when it comes to whisky? The answer depends on your perspective. If you are a whisky maker, bottler, or distributor, then the answer is a resounding yes. After all, the alcohol content...

/ June 21, 2011

How Whisky Is Rated?

Whenever you read about a whisky, the rating is sure to come up. Ratings are an excellent tool for comparing and contrasting different whiskies. They let you know how much you will enjoy a given whisky and whether it is...

/ June 21, 2011

Whisky or Whiskey?

When you open Webster’s Dictionary to the W section, you will probably note that whiskey is spelled exactly as that—with an ‘e’—even though you usually see a different variation in popular books and websites on the subject. Whether you spell...

/ June 21, 2011
25 Ways to Describe Whisky

25 Ways to Describe Whisky

Once you begin tasting whisky, you will notice a variety of flavors and mouthfeels. However, many beginners do not have the whisky vocabulary necessary to describe the tastes that they encounter as they taste different whiskies. Here are a few...

/ June 21, 2011

The Do’s and Don’ts of Whisky Tasting

If you love whisky, you are probably always looking for ways to enhance your whisky tasting experience. There are certain rules for whisky tasting that even moderately experienced tasters may not be aware of. Check out the following do’s and...

/ June 21, 2011