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How to make ‘that' difference in whiskey production
April 2016, Issue 135, page 28
Grain from the Cape
South Africa's award winning Bain's
April 2016, Issue 135, page 15
The Importance of the Cask
A growing range of casks are used for ageing – we ask what can they contribute to malt whisky?
April 2016, Issue 135, page 54
The Japanese Boom
A huge increase in demand leads to rapid expansion
April 2016, Issue 135, page 48
A Thoroughly Good Read
Recently published whisky related books
March 2016, Issue 134, page 75
A Highland Queen
A Custodian Collection from Tullibardine
January 2016, Issue 133, page 29
American Peat Matters
Westland Distillery and volumes of smoke
January 2016, Issue 133, page 32
The Magnificent Seven – Part Two
Neil Ridley reflects on some of the most memorable world whiskies he has enjoyed in the past
January 2016, Issue 133, page 44
The Zagatti Collection
How one man's ‘vision' has been saved for the nation
January 2016, Issue 133, page 36
Closing the Gap
Europe is right behind
October 2015, Issue 131, page 58
A look at foods that employ the skill of blending and pairing them with blended whisky
September 2015, Issue 130, page 60
A Drinker's Guide to Germany
Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky
July 2015, Issue 129, page 15
Bars of Titan
The wider the range, the harder to source
June 2015, Issue 128, page 45
The Rivers of Iron
Whisky and the railways on Speyside
April 2015, Issue 127, page 44
An intertwined relationship to history
April 2015, Issue 127, page 58
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 8 A dark, luxurious, post-prandial whisky from a distillery that is producing an increasing, and impressive range.
Pittyvaich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 Pittyvaich has always seemed a bit spirity to me, like a Scottish grappa. This version is softened slightly by the sherry.
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 8 Darker, drier and more spicily assertive than the earlier version, despite only a slight difference in ages.
The Macallan 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A lovely whisky in its own right, but not quite as layered as the best vintages.
The Balvenie 12 Years Old, Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Delicious.
Loch Lomond Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very sweet. Definitely a dessert whisky.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 All the action is in that finish. A clear points victory for the whisky, with brandy going the distance.
Baker's 7 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 With dessert, or after dinner. A lovely, soothing, whiskey.
Century Reserve 15 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 7 Very light-tasting. Some delicacy.
Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 An old classic, originally from Maryland. Emphatically a rye, though in this instance that grain is in fruity mood, rather than being overtly spicy.
Cadenhead's Heaven Hill 15 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.40% 7 Fifteen years is quite old for a bourbon, but this is complex, rounded and a good example of Heaven Hill's style. Keeps the sweet notes dominant.
Yamazaki 1991 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 Can the elegant Yamazaki whisky stand up to heavy sherry? In this case, yes. A dexterously balanced malt.
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1938, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A great age, but it has matured beautifully.
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.80% 7 A lovely digestif whisky.
Hakushu 1982 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 I would love this whisky if it had a little less wood. I want to love it anyway, but in the end the wood defeats me.
Evermore 2004 Blend, 21 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 Perfect blend of aromas and textures. Really appealing. Makes you feel romantic.
The Arran Malt Port Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 Sinful. Bonus points for shamelessness.
Grand Old Parr 18 Years Old, Classic
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Is this a vatted malt? Glendullan-plus?
The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Complex. Entrancing.
Cadenhead's Classic Range, Highland
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 How nice this would be with one of those tasteful desserts that involves a ‘sugar nest' and some fresh fruit.
Single Malts of Scotland Linkwood 1993, Sherry Butt, Cask 3517
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 7 Big cask character, with spirit style just poking through. The spirit seemed at odds with the cask perhaps.
Ichiro's Malt 1985 Ace of Spades
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00% 7 When oak is elegantly mastered, no problem. Same with the alcohol. A beautiful example of controlled maturation.
Yamazaki 1990 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 For the big sherried lovers.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 If it's a chimney it's one above a sweet shop.
Yamazaki Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00% 8 Bold and rich, but with no signs of being overpowered.