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A sense of Islay
Martine Nouet takes a scent and taste tour of whisky's most famous island as a preview for the forthcoming Islay Whisky Festival 2002
May 2002, Issue 22, page 30
An old con
Dave Broom exposes the shady side of the antique, collectable whisky market
January 2003, Issue 28, page 16
Ardbeg for more!
Martine Nouet reminisces about a trip to Islay and the culinary delights she found there, in the surprising shape of the old kiln cafe and Ardbeg distillery
February 2002, Issue 21, page 62
Ask the expert
A few months ago we started the renovation of an old house that we bought some time ago. In the basement we found a wooden box with several old bottles of whisky. I made a phone call to a whisky and ...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 35
The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three voting heats, we reveal the winners of the Scottish round.
September 2011, Issue 98, page 6
Icons of Whisky 2009
Following months of debate,scrutiny and several exhaustive rounds of voting,we finally reveal who has topped the Whisky Magazine charts.
February 2009, Issue 78, page 15
Join the debate
Age concerns With much interest I have read your editorial and Dave's column in WM 89. In both your writings Chivas Brothers gets (most of) the blame for putting too much emphasis on the stated age on...
September 2010, Issue 90, page 70
Journey from hell to reach whisky heaven (Bushmills)
Stuart Maclean Ramsay embarks on a perilous pilgrimage to Bushmills, home of the world's oldest distillery, in an attempt to find out why, after visiting , some people talk of reincarnation and spirit...
April 2001, Issue 15, page 24
On Islay every day's a festival
The Islay festival starts on May 27th. We decided to host a pre-festival dinner on the island and invited all the distilleries. Dominic Roskrow reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 30
Scotch whisky Big in Japan
Marcin Miller captures the spirit of the Far East, where Scotch malt whisky is revered and there is no indigenous whisky publication to indulge the passion of the many Japanese Malt enthusiasts
February 2001, Issue 14, page 58
Fit for heroes Former Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, returned recently to his home island of Islay and the Ardbeg Distillery to receive a special bottling of Ardbeg on behalf of the ex-Se...
July 2010, Issue 89, page 6
The Editor's Choice
Four Isle of Jura bottlings
June 2014, Issue 120, page 79
The end of a long drive
Despite the distance, a trip to west coast can be very rewarding
October 2013, Issue 115, page 48
There's something about Mary
If you visit Islay you have to try the cooking of Mary McKecknie and the outstanding visitor centre at Ardbeg Distillery. Richard Jones reports
January 2006, Issue 53, page 44
Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky 2013
After many months of debate, scrutiny and four rounds of voting, Whisky Magazine's international panel of judges has finally settled on the winners. Here we reveal who has scooped the coveted Global I...
March 2013, Issue 110, page 39
Whisky's longevity can be credited to the efforts of many hard working people. Gavin D Smith lists nine successful women who are currently working hard to secure whisky's future.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 26
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 33.70 Ardbeg Keith Richards meets Socrates 1998 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 An effusively phenolic smouldering hulk. Recommended.
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.
Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 4 The same phenolic profile as in very young but more disciplined and rounder.
Ardbeg 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Not the most muscular Ardbeg, but still robust.
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 4 Ardbeg is one of my great favourites, and this is one of the best versions I have tasted recently.
Ardbeg 1976, Distillery Manager's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 9 Real Ardbeg peatiness and smokiness.
Ardbeg 1976, Single Cask Committee bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 A 'no bones about it' Islay whisky, and a fine example of Ardbeg.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Cleaner, more lemony and oily, and less assertive, than the 24 Years Old duty free edition.
Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 Where's the peat-smoke? Not very Islay.
Ardbeg 6 Years Old, Committee Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 8 I like young Islays, but this hyperactive whisky is just too frisky. The flavours need time to meld. Even with those shortcomings, it is an Ardbeg…
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 1990 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A welcome addition to the range.
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20% 8 A big islander, well structured and well balanced. Just a dash of water is enough to enhance the flavours.
Ardbeg Almost There
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 8 This is seamless stuff and despite the smokiness is unshowy. Only 9 Years Old? Great things are on their way.
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10% 8 Another stunner from Ardbeg.
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90% 8 Some people make peaty whisky, others try to. On this offering, these guys are the former, not the latter.
Ardbeg Blasda 10 Year Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A delicate and rather charming afternoon (or 4am) dram. Will cause a stooshie though!
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10%
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 Long,stylish and balanced. Highly recommended.
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.00% 8 Perfect balance. Hidden complexity.
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 3 The less phenolic of all the Ardbeg tasted in this session. Merging with oak, phenols have developed an enticing and original bouquet.
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lots of flavour development, complexity and refinement. Very elegant, but where is the clamour of battle?
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Becomes more complex with age. I admire its style, but hanker for the bravado of the younger Ardbegs.
Ardbeg Oloroso Finish, Cask 4704
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20% 8 Nothing too elaborate here. Good honest Islay whisky. Have this with breakfast and you will live forever, or feel that way.
Ardbeg Provenance, 1974, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 9 Rich and creamy, with huge flavour development.
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90% 8 Everything here has been reduced to elemental levels. A nice circle completed.
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 8 Has considerable character. Fresh, young but for peat freaks only.
Ardbeg Supernova 2010
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.10% 8 A head-cleaning experience. Not for the fainthearted.
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 The elemental opposite of the sophisticated Lord of the Isles.
Ardbeg Very Young
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 4 great interplay of sweet and dry flavours. More phenolic at start, smoke is more integrated than in Bowmore or Caol Ila.
Connoisseur's Choice Ardbeg 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Less boisterous than The Young One. The calm of maturity permits all the nuances to be experienced.
Connoisseur's Choice Ardbeg 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The palate seemed almost disappointingly cosy, but the wildness of Islay was recalled in the finish.
Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Years Old PX Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.10% 7 I wonder if this is a finish that may have had a little too long in its extra oak overcoat?
Douglas Laing Ardbeg 1992 12 Years Old, Rum Finish, Park Avenue Liquors
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 With smoked salmon and a squeeze of lemon.
Master of Malt Ardbeg 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 Try describing ‘Islay' to someone who has never visited before. If they still don't get it, give them a dram of this.
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Too chimney-like for me. Lacks the balance between sweetness and dryness you need in such a peaty dram.