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Knockdhu: Expressions of Sheer Peat
Shining the light on a hidden gem – Knockdhu
October 2014, Issue 123, page 50
Over a Barrel
Seáneen Sullivan looks at food producers using the traditional art of barrel ageing to create new flavours
July 2014, Issue 121, page 84
Whisky Bars and Signature Serves
Crafting that serve to make that experience special
July 2014, Issue 121, page 82
Lets go nuts
There is a whole world of nuts out there
March 2014, Issue 118, page 44
Beyond the Pickleback
Our chap behind the stick looks at the Irish category
February 2014, Issue 117, page 58
Our man behind the stick looks for inspiration in Asia
December 2013, Issue 116, page 46
The art of wood
From a big operation to a one man band, we bring the art of the cooper into focus
June 2013, Issue 112, page 16
April 2013, Issue 111, page 38
Ian Wisniewski asks what is the Speyside style of malt whisky?
March 2013, Issue 110, page 20
The City by the Bay
Liza Weisstuch takes us on a tour of this cosmopolitan city
February 2013, Issue 109, page 48
Summer in a Glass
Naren Young looks forward to some long hot months
June 2012, Issue 104, page 38
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
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
All that Jazz...
Jazz fans flocked to Islay in mid-September for the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival and there was a new hook for whisky fans this year with the launch of an official Festival bottling. Now in its 13th y...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 8
Dave Broom looks at how to get under the skin of a distillery
April 2011, Issue 95, page
The Balvenie 15 Years Old Single Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% 8 Certainly robust. Perhaps a little harsh?
Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Someone knows what they are doing. Who would have thought grain whisky could taste so good?
Living Cask Volume XI
Blended - Scotland - 57.00% 7 A loud lad whose tone needs softening.
Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1971, 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 There's more in the nose than in the finish. A really characterful malt. Interesting. This is one of the more medicinal expressions of Clynelish I have come across.
Blackadder Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 8 Light in the middle, and delicate throughout, but lovely Islay flavours.
Littlemill 1984, 18 Years Old, Chieftain's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The rum finish is very sympathetic towards the natural flavours of Littlemill, but the combination never quite delivers what it promises.
Celtique Connexion Speyside 1989, Sauternes Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Which Sauternes? The flavours of childhood, rather than sophistication.
Rare Old St Magdalene 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Livelier, fresher, less "difficult" flavours than in most bottlings.
Rare Old Highland Park 1970
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Disappointing. Where is the richness, and especially the island character?
Celtic Heartlands Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60% 8 Fresh, very drinkable. Doesn't remotely taste it's age.
Miyagikyo 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00% 7 Nose is more attractive than the palate. Lacks elegance and cohesion.
Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1990 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 I loved the aroma. After that the stern, impenetrable palate was frustrating but in keeping with the mood. A good, old-fashioned Speysider.
The Macallan 18 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 A lovely, elegant yet large whisky. Why would you ever use sherry wood?
Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Triple distilled whiskey drawn from bourbon, sherry and port wood...what a balancing act. It usually works a treat, but this time the elements are strangely out of kilter.
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Calder
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 On the sweet side, although the finish brings out a more assertive note. A good winter warmer.
Matisse 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Quite a complex blend but it takes time to deliver. Well-balanced. Again it would have displayed more at a higher strength.
The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Complex. Entrancing.
Provenance Braeval 1996, 8 Years Old, Sherry finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 More attractive on the nose than on the palate. Water spreads it thin.
Old Masters Glentauchers 1990 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 7 Serve as an aperitif. Chilled?
The Dalmore Cigar Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Oak calls the tune but does not drown out the choir. A classic afterdinner dram.
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Forget about the first nose and enjoy that luscious exotic profile. But no water, thank you.
Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40% 7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.
Canadian Mist Original
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 7 The nose is more elegant than the palate. Water washes that whisky out.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 3 Surprisingly, the distillery character resists in this oldie. And peat “revisits” the aromatic palette. Integration again but no fusion.
Pappy Van Winkle 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 A big guy. On a frosty Christmas Eve maybe, waiting for Santa Claus by the fireplace. No risk of falling asleep with this fellow!