A Directory Of Whisky Abbreviations and Jargon

by Oliver Klimek on December 20, 2012

Recently in the Malt Maniacs Facebook Group someone made a very valid complaint that whisky geeks often use abbreviations that may not always be understandable for less experienced whisky lovers. Here is a – most probably non-comprehensive – list that also includes a few slang terms for whisky distilleries or brands. Suggestions for additions are always welcome.

ABV – Alcohol by Volume

Bunna – Bunnahabhain

CF – Chill-Filtered

CI – Caol Ila

Corry – Ardbeg Corryvreckan

CS – Cask Strength

DE – Classic Malts Distillers’ Edition

DL – Douglas Laing

DT – Duncan Taylor

E150a – Spirit Caramel colouring

Farclas – Glenfarclas

Fiddich – Glenfiddich

FWP – French Whore Perfume (infamous soapy floral notes found in some 1980s Bowmores)

G&M – Gordon & MacPhail

GG – Glen Grant

Glenmo – Glenmorangie

Glen Mordor – Roseisle

HP – Highland Park

IB – Independent Bottling or Bottler

IWSC – International Wine and Spirits Comptition

JB – Jim Beam

JD – Jack Daniel’s

JW – Johnnie Walker (JWR – Red Label, JWB – Black Label)

Laddie – Bruichladdich

Laga – Lagavulin

LCBO – Liquor Control Board of Ontario

LMDW – La Maison Du Whisky

LVMH – Louis Vuitton Moët Hennesy

Mac – Macallan

MM – Malt Maniacs

MMA – Malt Maniacs Awards

MMcD – Murray McDavid

MoM – Master of Malt

MoS – Malts of Scotland

NAS – No Age Statement

NCF – Non-Chill-Filtered

OB – Original Bottling

OMC – (Douglas Laing) Old Malt Cask

Oogie – Ardbeg Uigeadail

PC – Port Charlotte

PE – Port Ellen

PX – Pedro Ximenez sherry

QC – Quarter Cask

RMW – Royal Mile Whiskies

SB – Springbank

SM – Saint Magdalene

SMWS – Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Springer – Springbank

SW – Stitzel-Weller

SWA – Scotch Whisky Association

Tally – Talisker

TTB – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (USA)

TWE – The Whisky Exchange

W&M – Whyte & Mackay

WWA – World Whisky Awards

yo or y – years old

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh Feldman December 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

A very useful list with a few LOL moments: (Glen Mordor, indeed!)

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Steffen Bräuner December 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

There are many more bourbonrelated abbreviations worth including as well.

BTAC, PvW, Pappy, VWFRR, ORvW, BT, BTEC, EW, EWSB, EC, WT, ER, ERSB, GTW, WLW, Lot B, OGD, SW, BHC, PHC, BiB , LDI

The list is endless and there is more than these for sure, enough to pick from :-)

I also often use SC and SB for single cask/single barrel

Steffen

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Erik Burgess December 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I have also heard Roseisle described at The Death Star so TDS.

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Jefferson Boss April 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Auche – Auchentoshan

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