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The Softer Side of Whisky
Let the grain take the strain
July 2015, Issue 129, page 82
The Orient Expression
Where spirits rule and tastes asunder
December 2014, Issue 124, page 36
Record Breaking Macallan
Raising the bar at auction
March 2014, Issue 118, page 64
City of Light
Paris by night has been unanimously praised in literature and travel guides. You may all have done it, walk down the Champs-Elysées at Christmas time or sit on a bench at the end of l'Ile-Saint-Loui...
October 2011, Issue 99, page 50
Dave looks at how whisky has created a divide between itself and other spirits, and why this is not necessarily a good thing, particularly for brand Scotch.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 12
Whisky Live Paris 2010
With the unique and quite exceptional Palais de Tokyo as our setting, Whisky Live Paris will for the first time this year be open to all fine spirits.
September 2010, Issue 90, page 9
Serge Valentin is a founder member of The Malt Maniacs and is serious about his whisky. But as we found out, he knows how to have fun with it too.
September 2009, Issue 82, page 33
The world's premier whisky event rolled into the English capital for the 8th time,bring with it some of the best whisky in the world.
April 2008, Issue 71, page 12
There to be broken
Dave finds a high flying attitude to malt whisky at altitude
August 2006, Issue 58, page 12
Russians seek out a taste of luxury
A new elite in Russia is demanding the world's very best products, quality single malt among them. Marcin Miller reports
January 2006, Issue 53, page 38
Mixing the grain with the grape
Ian Wisniewski looks at wine finishes
October 2005, Issue 51, page 64
Celtic Cousins - Made in Bretagne
Martine Nouet looks at the whisky industry in Northern France – and plots its Celtic roots
November 2004, Issue 44, page 26
Sweet fruits of labour
Martine Nouet finds good use for the harvests of summer, combined with whisky
July 2003, Issue 32, page 40
Lift the winter spirits
Martine Nouet argues that one of the advantages of bad weather is that you can drink strong spirits to keep out the cold
March 2003, Issue 29, page 49
Whisky: even in spirit
There is a plethora of special finish styles and now there's a trend for maturation in spirit barrels: is this a progressive move or a gimmick that will outrage traditionalists? Ian Wisniewski investi...
September 2001, Issue 18, page 58
The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very satisfying.
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Creates the illusion of being massively more malty than it really is. Very good extraction of flavours from the wood seems to be the secret (or part of it). I am in awe of the dexterity of the blender...
Adelphi The Macallan 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 I prefer my Macallan with its typical sherry character.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Calvados
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The Calvados character is almost overwhelming but Caol Ila comes surging through in the finish.
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 As with the Caol Ila wood finishes reviewed in the last issue, the calvados is a powerful influence but the whisky does fight back-makes for an interesting combination.
The Macallan 1951 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 8 I am a great devotee of the older Macallans, but this one is too woody for me.
Cooper's Choice Glen Albyn 1974, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Fuller in flavours, and sweeter, than I remember Glen Albyn.
Bruichladdich Legacy 1966 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60% 8 An especially characterful 'laddie from its sunny hue and lean, firm body to its touch of tartness.
The Arran Malt Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 7 Was the Calvados cask notably generous, or is Scotch whisky particularly receptive to the Norman spirit?
The Macallan 1989, Exceptional Cask V
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 8 Lovely pinkish mahogany colour. Big esters, together with alcohol, balance a surprising degree of woodiness. Drinks older than it is. Another fogeyish bottling.
Glen Moray 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Not quite as complex as the previous 16 Years Old, but delicious.
Glen Moray 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 So beautifully composed that it left me craving some imperfection.
Old Islay Single Malt Bunnahabhain 33 Years Old selected by Royal Mile Whiskies
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.50% 7 Caramel and creamy notes dominate this whisky, which could be boring were it not for the intriguing hints or ripe fruit and Calvados.
Evan Williams Black
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00% 7 Reminiscent of an old calvados at first. Palate is less creamy than the nose. For those who like it spicy. Water tames spices a little though.
Signatory Edradour Burgundy Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 6 Not to my taste. Only useful as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat.
McGibbon's Port Ellen 23 Years Old, Provenance
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Reminded me of old Calvados. Oak tends to overwhelm fruit but a wee dash of water tones it down. Very unpeated for a Port Ellen!
Distillery Select Loch Lomond, Organic Single Highland Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Unusual profile for a grain whisky. More reminiscent of a calvados. Oak is too blatant. Water wipes it out.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Apples and Pears 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A strange package that almost works.
High West Whiskey Double Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00% 7 Bold and well made. For me maybe just needs a bit more sweetness but worth a look.
Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 That malt could easily be thrown in a calvados blind tasting, with aged oaky individuals.
Highland Park Loki
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 An oaky character, slightly dour at first but opening on fruit and toffee. Be light when adding water.
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 7 ?I was expecting more oak on the palate. A definite sherry influence. Fruit and wood are well integrated. Reminds me of calvados!
Glen Breton Rare 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Canada - 43.00% 7 This whisky shows a pleasant degree of maturity and is fuller bodied than what I would have expected, but it still displays some lovely Canadian graininess.