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50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history
July 2014, Issue 121, page 62
Ageing Warehouses in Kentucky
We look at conditions within warehouses used to age bourbon
July 2014, Issue 121, page 42
Can you blend it with the best
July 2014, Issue 121, page 38
Enjoying the craic with a ‘money can't buy ticket'
July 2014, Issue 121, page 6
Castle In The Air - Edinburgh Bars Guide
We locate the very best of Edinburgh's whisky bars
July 2014, Issue 121, page 53
Collecting and Selecting
Fred and his search for that rare American whiskey
July 2014, Issue 121, page 12
Snake pits or snake bites? That is the question
July 2014, Issue 121, page 101
Four Sailing Collectables
Inspired by the sea and boats
July 2014, Issue 121, page 103
India's Finest Whisky Bars
Our man in India gives us his recommendations
July 2014, Issue 121, page 27
It's All in the Numbers
Where to find that elusive blend and single malt
July 2014, Issue 121, page 102
Long Lost Revival
Originally closed in 1921 and now on the verge of reopening
July 2014, Issue 121, page 22
Mixo Gastro Whisky Chefery
Recalibration of the palate at the Caledonian with a Caesar cocktail
July 2014, Issue 121, page 49
Nose the Whiskey, Taste the Food
Our man attends the Ballantyne Scotch Whisky Society
July 2014, Issue 121, page 34
One Man's Yeast Quest
The story of Four Roses' master distiller and his beloved yeast strains
July 2014, Issue 121, page 70
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
Aberfeldy 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Refreshing and light-hearted. Almost too playful to take seriously.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A little more roundness would have been appreciated.
The Century of Malts Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 4 Gentle, smooth and delicately balanced, but with some underlying muscle. Complex and sophisticated. More of a James Bond than a Braveheart.
Glenkinchie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 I always enjoy this whisky, even though it is not the most typical of Lowlanders.
Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very expressive when young – as might be expected from a classic Lowlander.
Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.
Blended - Ireland - 43.00% 8 Long one of my great favourites. In composition, it is the the simplest of blends, yet it demonstrates how malt can someimes be enhanced by a leavening of grain.
Glen Moray Chardonnay Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Pale and soft, but textured.
Glenfiddich Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Lean, smooth and appetising.
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A surprising degree of continuity from the earlier vatted Tobermory, though this version has more individuality.
Talisker 1986, The Distiller's Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 7 Not for Talisker purists, but a highly distinctive interplay of whisky and sherry.
Gordon & MacPhail Scapa 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A complex, delicate, well-balanced vintage.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Brimstone & Treacle
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7
Jameson Limited Edition, 15 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Distinctive. A very full pot-still Irish.
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.
- Scotland - 46.00% 7 Not firing fully yet
Gordon & MacPhail Ardmore 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 I have always thought of Ardmore as having a rather bluff character, but on this occasion I found it both welcoming and comforting.
Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Not from a particularly peaty period, but packed with Ardbeg's other flavours. Wonderfully distinctive.
Cutty Sark Original Scots
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 The flavours are tightly combined. I imagine exploring them late at night in a vaguely disreputable bar in the tropics. Perhaps it's the name.
J & B Rare
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Some very enjoyable flavours, but lacking in dimension for me. I'll try it again at bedtime.
Adelphi Linkwood 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 8 Linkwood always evokes thoughts of sweetmeats, sometimes delicate, on other occasions more robust. This is in the latter mood: down-to-earth sweetness.
Bennachie 17 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Light but pleasant, with some delicacy and complexity.
Cadenhead's Bourbon 5 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.00% 6 Just too woody for me, though a good splash of water brings out the other flavours.
Evan Williams 1990, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 Very different in style. Liqueur-ish.
Glen Kirk 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Flavours do not combine. Lack roundness.