Tag: whisky terminology

Swedish Whiskies: A New and Different Terroir

If you ask a sample of whisky lovers about Swedish whisky, most will tell you that this industry began when Mackmyra burst onto the scene with immense acclaim in 2006. However, the country actually had another whisky distillery which was...

/ September 29, 2011

Is Whisky Scoring Effective?

When we read about whiskies, we often check out and give great weight to their scores. This implies that most whisky drinkers consider those scores to be very effective. However, many people believe just the opposite. Here are the pros...

/ September 7, 2011

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 History of Bourbon

Bourbon may seem like a strange name for a whiskey, especially when compared to other global whisky names. Whisky from Canada is called Canadian Whisky, and whiskey from Ireland is called Irish Whiskey. So where did bourbon get this unique...

/ August 4, 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

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

Basic Whisky Terminology

Even if you are an experienced whisky taster, there are probably a lot of terms and phrases that you don’t really understand. Here is a guide to the most common whisky terminology. Feel free to use these at your next...

/ June 21, 2011