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Syncopated Harmony
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

Unforgettable Classics
An intertwined relationship to history

April 2015, Issue 127, page 58

Whisky Memorabilia
Collecting beyond the bottle

January 2015, Issue 125, page 46

Australian Odyssey
A Learjet fantasy flight

October 2014, Issue 123, page 19

The Blender Without Portfolio
Craft blenders...a disappearing art?

September 2014, Issue 122, page 35

What's New on the Shelf
What's coming up in the whisky book world

September 2014, Issue 122, page 77

50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history

July 2014, Issue 121, page 62

New Orleans signature cocktail
Our intrepid reporters go in search of The Sazerac Trail

June 2014, Issue 120, page 41

Provenance and perception
Our man looks at the strength and allure of brands

June 2014, Issue 120, page 58

Traditions pride and whisky
We find the best bars in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

April 2014, Issue 119, page 48

Whisky Made in France
Distilleries with diversity

April 2014, Issue 119, page 44

The Esssence of Speyside
Our man looks to East Speyside for inspiration

March 2014, Issue 118, page 46



Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Aberlour a'bunadh
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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Aberlour a'bunadh
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60%
8 Darker, drier and more spicily assertive than the earlier version, despite only a slight difference in ages.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

World Whiskies Awards 2007 - World's Best American Whiskey - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.



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