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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 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
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
Remember the Code
As responsible whisky drinkers, we tend to assume the anti-alcohol mindset is extinct in today's culture. But that notion could not be further from the truth. In the United States, there are hundreds...
February 2014, Issue 117, page 16
Self adhesive clans
In part seven of our series on special labels: how ancient clan life is represented on bottles of whisky
February 2014, Issue 117, page 38
The joys of discovering sounds and an appreciation of silence
February 2014, Issue 117, page 3
The Bardstown Bourbon Crawl
Your guide to drinking in Bourbon's capital
February 2014, Issue 117, page 53
The Editor's choice
Some top tips from Whisky Magazine's archive
February 2014, Issue 117, page 79
The last of the line
Following in the footsteps of the world's richest man, the first female Nobel Prize winner, and Hollywood legends past and present
February 2014, Issue 117, page 26
The Whisky Girls
Discover the women behind the spirit
February 2014, Issue 117, page 11
The year ahead
You wait mate… 2014 is going to be p**s-yourself-mental…' I heard behind me as I queued up to pay for the bulging trolley of drinks I had filled at my local supermarket on New Year's Eve. Quite wh...
February 2014, Issue 117, page 14
Our man takes to the high seas for check out the latest offerings
February 2014, Issue 117, page 78
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?
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.
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?
Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 8 An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.
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.
Blanton's Original Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 49.50% 8 A bourbon with dessert.
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.
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.
The Macallan Fifties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Closest to The Macallan of today, appropriately enough.