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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 tale of two airports
Two airports thousands of miles apart, but both have a new duty-free store and exclusive Highland Park bottlings to shout about

January 2018, Issue 149, page 78

A wolf & two rivers
The US-influenced ‘craft’ distilling movement continues to grow in the UK, Gavin investigates further

January 2018, Issue 149, page 34

Ask the Expert
Questions and answers

January 2018, Issue 149, page 80

Back to school
It’s 8.30am, sitting in a classroom for the first time in more years than he cares to remember, Gavin hits the books

January 2018, Issue 149, page 42

Clydeside Distillery
Once a hub of international trade, single malt Scotch whisky has finally returned to the Queen’s Dock in Glasgow

January 2018, Issue 149, page 24

Embracing Good Changes
The New Year offers a chance to shine a spotlight on things

January 2018, Issue 149, page 3

Honouring the Bard
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!

January 2018, Issue 149, page 60

Insight
Latest news

January 2018, Issue 149, page 6

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Is bigger always better?

January 2018, Issue 149, page 56

Keeping it clean
Cleaning distillery equipment is a far more significant subject than just having gleaming surfaces

January 2018, Issue 149, page 52

Kingsman the untold story
We connect together the bottles and distilleries featured in the latest whisky blockbuster

January 2018, Issue 149, page 14

Per Mare Per Terras
Glenglassaugh Distillery gets elemental

January 2018, Issue 149, page 38

Standing Tall
As South African whisky becomesmore available in Europe, we meetthe country's preeminent distiller

January 2018, Issue 149, page 30

Surging ahead
The year that was in one of the world’sbiggest markets

January 2018, Issue 149, page 47

The Final Furlong
Our would-be blenders reach their end game

January 2018, Issue 149, page 51

 

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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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