by Gavin D Smith and Tom Cannavan
This glossary encompasses whisky making terms and whisky styles. The bulk of this glossary was written by Gavin D Smith. Glossary updates by Tom Cannavan.
Understanding whisky can be as pleasurable and as stimulating as understanding wine, although coming to terms with the different products is not quite as bewildering. There is not the vast number of grape varieties to
comprehend, no intricate infrastructure of regions, districts, areas and properties within each country to grapple with, and no vintages to confuse the issue. Furthermore, there are just a few hundred distillers to contend with,
instead of tens of thousands of wine producers.
Note: all whisky strengths indicated are expressed as a percentage ABV (Alcohol By Volume). Please bear in mind that the ABV stated for generic styles will be a guide only, the actual strength varying from bottle to bottle.