You’re likely to run into these acronyms as you browse reviews and whisky forums on the web.
- OB – Original Distillery Bottling. This indicates that the whisky was matured and bottled by the distillery that produced the spirit. You’ll often see this in the description of a whisky expression in a review. For example: Laphroaig 15 (OB). If the whisky had been bottled by another company, you might see it listed like this: Laphroaig 1991 9 yr. (Signatory).
- IB – Independent Bottler. You might see people in a whisky forum discussing OB vs IB expressions for a particular distillery. IB, or Independent Bottler, is just a generic way of talking about an expression that’s not an Original Distillery Bottling.
- NAS – No Age Statement. You might see a whisky expression described with “NAS” in a review, or on an internet forum. For example: I just tried the Bowmore NAS offering, “Legend”.
Bah…why create my own glossary when there is a perfectly good one on the Masters of Malt site?