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Island Life
We send some of the whisky world’s great and good to a desert island. What will they decide to take with them?

July 2018, Issue 153, page 82

The Long View
1868 and all that

July 2018, Issue 153, page 34

Following the Rules
Musings on the regulations on creating whisky

June 2018, Issue 152, page 13

Island Life
Keep the usual one please

June 2018, Issue 152, page 82

Message in a bottle
Meet the team creating cocktails without limits

June 2018, Issue 152, page 28

Phylloxera, Brandy and Whisky
Did the sap-sucking insect really hasten whisky’s rise?

June 2018, Issue 152, page 15

Shooting for the stars
We visit the Tsunuki Distillery and Yakushima ageing cellar

May 2018, Issue 151, page 34

Southwold Spirit
The Bramble team mix cocktails with whiskies from the Adnams Copper House Distillery in Suffolk

May 2018, Issue 151, page 58

Showing your age
The Bramble team show how marrying and ageing can be used to produce superior cocktails

April 2018, Issue 150, page 62

The Orphan Whiskey Flask
The joy of discovering long lost hip flasks

April 2018, Issue 150, page 11

Standing Tall
As South African whisky becomesmore available in Europe, we meetthe country's preeminent distiller

January 2018, Issue 149, page 30

Speechless Moments
New make, young whisky, restorations and beyond

November 2017, Issue 147, page 3

Riding the wave
A round up of Europe's whisky nations

September 2017, Issue 146, page 20

Closing the Circle
Japanese craft brewers become whisky chasers

February 2017, Issue 144, page 35

Focus On The Whisk(e)y
Jon Hughes plays to the strengths of different styles of spirit

June 2017, Issue 143, page 58



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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