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Port

Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal Port is produced from grapes grown and processed in the Douro region, the wine produced is then fortified with the addition of distilled grape spirits in order to boost the alcohol content. The wine is then stored and aged, often in barrels stored in caves (Portuguese meaning "cellars"). Some of these casks are then used to provide whisky finishes

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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

Diageo, Micro-distilled
Dave is a freelance writer and contributor to Whisky Magazine

March 2014, Issue 118, page 10

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

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

March 2014, Issue 118, page 20

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

Beyond the Pickleback
Our chap behind the stick looks at the Irish category

February 2014, Issue 117, page 58

Expanding the niche
The art of creating something a little different

February 2014, Issue 117, page 40

Future casting
Dave gazes into his crystal ball at some interesting ideas

February 2014, Issue 117, page 13

Into the limelight
Taking up the reins can be daunting but Irish Distillers' new master distiller is relishing the opportunity

February 2014, Issue 117, page 24

 

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Hewitts Irish Whiskey
Blended - Ireland - 43.00%
7 Soothing. A touch of more-ish dryness.

Rare Malts Caol Ila 1977, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.30%
8 A wonderful aperitif. Who would have thought of a Scotch to precede Greek food?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Bring on the petits-fours.

Rare Malts North Port 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00%
6 Some malts are deservedly rare, but full marks to United for at least giving us the chance to taste them.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
9 Bring on the caeser salad.

Adelphi Port Ellen 1975, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%
8 Seems to have faded slightly with age.

Finlaggan 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 As a single, it must come from one of the Islay distilleries. Reminds me of Port Ellen, but there is surely not enough stock of that?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.

Bowmore Claret
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
7 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.

Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Do you smoke after sex? No I have a port finish.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
8 All the woods are influential, especially the port in the finish. A dextrous balancing act.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cragganmore 1984 Distillers Edition, Ruby Port Finish, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Connoisseurs might miss the austerity of the original – or enjoy the added layer of fruity, winey, sweetness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Balvenie 21 Years Old PortWood
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60%
9 The full, honeyed, richness of the malt combines beautifully with what seems to be a generous kiss of port.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Claret
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
9 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Blanton's Original Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 49.50%
8 A bourbon with dessert.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore Voyage
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
8 Port often leaves a toffeeish note, but not in this case. Perhaps needs a bit more maturity.

Cadenhead's Lochside 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 This was never a great distillery but it made some perfectly pleasant whiskies and its loss is to be regretted. This bottling is past its best but obviously has rarity value.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenmorangie Malaga Wood Finish, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Reminiscent of the port finish but slightly gutsier and less sophisticated. I would love to try it, tapas-style, with Manchego, or perhaps Grazelema, cheese.

Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Too firm and well proportioned to be deemed voluptuous – but it's a delightfully close call.

Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Is the house character overwhelmed by the three woods (bourbon, sherry and port)? I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50%
9 Pungent, powerful and appetising. A dram for the Islay-lover and connoisseur. This distillery should be revived.

Connemara Peated Single Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Lots happening. Chimney pots of smoke. I love this whiskey.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Fifties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Closest to The Macallan of today, appropriately enough.

 

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