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Frozen water, usually in a cube. Make sure the water you use is clean and fresh, be careful of ice cubes from places where the tap water is not safe to drink. To make clear ice cubes use distilled water and boil it gently first to remove dissolved gases. In order for water to freeze its temperature must fall below 0c, to completely freeze a body of water takes time as the outer frozen layers protects in the inner liquid. During freezing heat energy is drawn out of the liquid and the molecules slow down, eventually binding rigidly to each other. When ice is added to a drink it assorbs a large amount of heat from the surrounding liquid until both reach the same temperature. Ice can come as cubes, crushed, cracked or in the shape of a swan!

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A Kuschty moment in time
Is rye whisky about to hit the big time? Dave thinks it certainly is...

March 2014, Issue 118, page 9

A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery

March 2014, Issue 118, page 30

Ask the Expert
Questions and answers

March 2014, Issue 118, page 66

Feeding Demand
More casks are required

March 2014, Issue 118, page 26

Let the whisky speak
Our man follows craft distiller Chip Tate on a mission to Scotland

March 2014, Issue 118, page 38

Lets go nuts
There is a whole world of nuts out there

March 2014, Issue 118, page 44

Manual Dexterity
Broom sweeps neat whisky out of the door

March 2014, Issue 118, page 12

Record Breaking Macallan
Raising the bar at auction

March 2014, Issue 118, page 64

Stimulating investigations
We delve into another whisky laden tome

March 2014, Issue 118, page 61

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

March 2014, Issue 118, page 46

The New Story on Whiskey Row
Dave Waddelkl finds a visitor centre with a twist

March 2014, Issue 118, page 20

The year that was 2013
We reflect on a year in the auction house

March 2014, Issue 118, page 62

Left Unsold
What happens when your lot remains unsold at auction

February 2014, Issue 117, page 80

A mark of difference
With its instantly recognisable red wax sealed bottle, Maker's Mark has a story to tell

February 2014, Issue 117, page 30

A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling

February 2014, Issue 117, page 36

 

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Aberfeldy 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Refreshing and light-hearted. Almost too playful to take seriously.

Aberlour 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A little more roundness would have been appreciated.

The Macallan 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 The finish does have the same effortless charm as the ‘46 or the 25 Years Old. Sensational nose.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfiddich 15 Years Old, Solera Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Elegant. Well-balanced to the point of suavity.

Glenmorangie Fino Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 The light saltiness in a coastal whisky and near-coastal sherry make this a delight.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Highland Park 1977 Bicentenary Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
4 A great malt: luxurious, profound, full of the flavours of Scotland

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Auchentoshan 1966, 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
8 A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?

Aberlour 1988, Distiller's Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 An astonishingly malty whisky. For someone who wants to taste the eponymous ingredient, this shows it at its best.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Very expressive when young – as might be expected from a classic Lowlander.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Aberlour 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 More sophisticated, especially in the finish. Better balanced, but less voluptuous maltiness.

The Glenlivet 1968 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.75%
8 Has the complexity I expect from The Glenlivet.

The Glenlivet 1972 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.29%
8 A little woody. Choice of cask?

Connoisseur's Choice Bladnoch 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The light touch of sherry helps bring out the soft, fruity, flavours.

Connoisseur's Choice Rosebank 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A deft balance between the whisky's own character and the sherry.

Adelphi Bladnoch 22 Years Old, Single cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 On the dry side for this whisky.

Murray McDavid Rosebank 1990, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The flowery youth of the whisky and the freshness of the sherry cask achieve an interesting harmony.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.

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.

Jameson Irish Whiskey
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 A superb Irish for everyday drinking. I love this, though not quite as much as the 1780.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
9 Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.

Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Flirtatious, but not a lot to say for itself.

Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Light but firm and satisfying. A welcome newcomer for everyday drinking.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Black Bush
Blended - Ireland - 43.00%
8 Long one of my great favourites. In composition, it is the the simplest of blends, yet it demonstrates how malt can someimes be enhanced by a leavening of grain.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20%
8 Perhaps encouraged by the dark orange colour, the descriptors sound sweet, but the overall effect is one of flowery dryness, with great finesse.

Locke's Blended Irish Whiskey
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Very appetising.

 

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