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A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling
February 2014, Issue 117, page 36
Hiding in plain sight
This great province provides some eye opening experiences
October 2013, Issue 115, page 53
A wave of innovation
Our man visits this venerable Canadian distillery that has a few tricks up its sleeve
June 2013, Issue 112, page 42
1Bourbons Bistro 2255 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 www.bourbonsbistro.com In their spare time, the Bourbons Bistro owners travel the state, looking for unwanted stashes of whiskey. Instead of ...
April 2013, Issue 111, page 54
Knowing the Classics
Ryan Chetiyawardana looks at Bourbon cocktails
February 2013, Issue 109, page 40
The Next Evolution
Dave Broomlooks at the new steps for Japanese whisky maker Suntory
December 2012, Issue 108, page 22
Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has unveiled a series of single cask bottlings of The Glenrothes from the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a merchant, the role of Berry Bros. & Rudd has always been to select...
October 2012, Issue 107, page 8
The Last American hero
Jim Leggettmeets the moonshiner legend from the glory days of liquor making
October 2012, Issue 107, page 18
White Lightning, Hidden Stills & Souped Up Fords
As the latest film Lawlessbrings brings to life the bootlegging era, Jim Leggett goes in search of the real moonshiners
October 2012, Issue 107, page 12
Summer in a Glass
Naren Young looks forward to some long hot months
June 2012, Issue 104, page 38
Mixing Tradition & Modernity
Martine Nouet explores food and whisky with a Dutch phenomenon
April 2012, Issue 103, page 54
World Whiskies Awards 2012 Winners Announced
There is a certain joy following the various spirits through this competition and its format. The job of the judges gets progressively harder as the rounds progress and the competition for the winning...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 73
The White Choice
A new category is finding favour with bartenders, Naren Young looks at why
February 2012, Issue 101, page 40
All Shapes and Sizes
Dave Broom looks at how Japanese oak imparts exotic flavours, and the different cask types used in whisky making.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 64
Three Craft Case Studies
Dave Broom profiles three different companies.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 22
The Glenlivet 1972 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.29% 8 A little woody. Choice of cask?
Locke's Single Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Beautifully balanced with toasted dryness.
Banff 1966, 31 Years Old, Old Malt Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Banff was never a classic, but it is an evocatively old-fashioned Highland malt, and it has stood up reasonably well to great age.
Glendullan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Very pale indeed. Wood a little worse for wear. Has a hard edge, but becomes silky and disrobes quite sexily.
Glen Moray 12 Years Old, Chenin Blanc Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Smooth body, beeswax-like. The wine adds an element, but many loyalists will miss the previous version.
The Glenlivet 12 Years Old, French Oak Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The oak does not dominate, but is quite powerful for such an elegant malt.
Oban Distillers Edition, Montilla
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Demonstrably an evocative whisky. Salty and winey, but neither as overt as in the comparable Glenmorangie Fino.
Glenmorangie Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Quite heavily sherried, but the distillery character turns out to be surprisingly resilient.
Chivas Regal 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The flavours tail off, as though the whisky is going to sleep. Smooth and easy, but lacks liveliness. Springtime never quite blossoms into summer.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.20% 9 This is more like a supercharged Wild One. Defiantly robust, but with Devilish charm. I love it.
Glenturret 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 After dinner.
Ladyburn 1973, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% 6 I am pleased that this very rare malt has been made available. Ladyburn is a product about which I am frequently asked. Sad to say, its greatest appeal is as a collector's item.
Old Pulteney 15 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 If you like whisky on your therapeutic porridge (and who doesn't?) this is the salty one.
Kingsbury Glencadam 1971, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 7 Lacks roundness, structure, balance. I was sorry to hear that this distillery has been closed. Temporarily?
The Glenlivet 1967 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 The Glenlivet is the fruitiest, most flowery and most delicate.
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The wine seems to have made common cause with the juicy sweetness, and the two have overwhelmed the cereal-grain and peat smoke that usually make this a more robust malt. This version would be a good ...
Chivas Regal 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Delicately balanced. Clean. Drinkable. There is an element of luxury, but never quite the frisson of luxury that the marketing implies.
Whyte & Mackay 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Do you have a sweet tooth? Verges on the liqueur-ish.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Deceptively gentle at first. I have on occasion been completely led astray by what seems to be mildness of this whisky, then taken on a journey of rediscovery. I find new flavours every time.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glenlivet 24 Years Old, 2.35
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 7 A heavily sherried whisky that is nonetheless surprisingly lively for its age.
The Glenlivet 12 Years Old American Oak Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Lacks the subtlety of a more conventional Glenlivet, but will charm some consumers with a richer, creamier, style. Very drinkable indeed.
The Macallan Twenties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Despite a relatively full colour, suggesting plenty of sherry, the Macallan flavours shine through. The driest of these bottlings.
Wild Turkey 10 Years Old, Russell's Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50% 8 Slightly austere and cerebral. One to sip while watching a video of an art-house movie.
Jefferson's Reserve 15 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.10% 8 Stylish and disarming, but not to be taken lightly. Reminds me of Kentucky's greatest boxer.
Sam Houston Very Small Batch 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 An attractive, tawny, colour and a good, straight-ahead, whiskey. Could be more complex at ten years. Ideal with a Texas barbecue?