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100 Greatest Whisky People
We highlight the people who have left a lasting legacy on the whisky world over the years.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 16
A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery
July 2002, Issue 24, page 52
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
John Rose provides another selection of collectible bottles
May 2004, Issue 39, page 50
Down the years
In an epic tasting we tackle the entire family cask range, Rob Allanson reports.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 44
Elusive and illicit Speyside spirit
Gavin Smith traces the reportedly romantic but often mercenary history of illicit distilling in Speyside
November 2001, Issue 19, page 56
We investigate the process and the significance of milling
July 2013, Issue 113, page 48
In the heartland (Speyside)
Speyside falls in to two halves:that reached by flying in to Inverness,and that reached from Aberdeen.In this issue we take the Aberdeen route.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 36
Into the melting pot
The mash tun is a vital vessel,accommodating the conversion of starch within the grist into sugars,using a sequence of three,or even four waters at a progressively higher temperatures. But rather than...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 26
Is it a bear or a bull?
John Rose with another selection of outstanding collectible bottles
July 2006, Issue 57, page 62
The search starts to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. Scotland, Ireland and Canada have been scrutinised,we find out who is in the running.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 8
Ian Wisniewski asks what is the Speyside style of malt whisky?
March 2013, Issue 110, page 20
Still very important
Ian Wisniewski explains how differing still designs influence the style and flavour of whisky
November 2001, Issue 19, page 42
The essential guide to Speyside bars
David Stirk is 'entertained in a truly Scottish manner' during his five-day whistle stop tour of Speyside allowing him to bring you the definitive guide to Speyside's best bars
April 2001, Issue 15, page 48
The heart of Europe
Joe Bates looks at whisky in Brussels airport
July 2005, Issue 49, page 53
The tun up club
Whisky Mag's bar fly heads to Speyside to check out a watering hole almost in the round.
July 2009, Issue 81, page 37
Craigellachie Hotel Glenfarclas 2001 Single Cask Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20% 8 In each corner, a fighter rather than a boxer. Not much refinement, but plenty of punch.
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 A bold character. Rich, sherry-armoured. Dangerously palatable even without water.
Glenfarclas 105 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 7 The nose was promising but the palate is too woody for me. And the alcohol is not mastered.
Glenfarclas 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Confident. Straightforward. A first-class whisky. Well-rounded. No-nonsense.
Glenfarclas 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Judging from the colour, as well as aroma and flavour, this is Glenfarclas without its dressing of sherry. Having removed its jacket and necktie, it appears more muscular and aggressive.
Glenfarclas 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Classic sherry, well balanced. A perfect companion for a creamy pud.
Glenfarclas 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A bunch of interesting flavours displayed in an elegant oak frame.
Glenfarclas 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Polite, lightweight and won't swear at the dinner table.
Glenfarclas 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Not a ‘sherry bomb' Glenfarclas by any means. Quite complex, but the finish is a little drier than might be expected.
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60% 8 The russet colour promised something more luxurious, but this whisky is not as rich as it was.
Glenfarclas 1961 Sherry Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40% 7 Again, wood has taken the lead and the balance is lost. But there is a lot of charm in that old piece of history. So difficult to score.
Glenfarclas 1964 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 Old but not very lively. The nose is complex and fragrant.
Glenfarclas 1970 Sherry Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70% 8 That old timer has surprisingly kept a high strength and a vibrant character. Oak is overwhelming but in an elegant way. That could be an old cognac.
Glenfarclas 1971 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 Too long a maturation. When oak dictates the aromatic profile, it is hard to feel satisfied.
Glenfarclas 1981 Plain Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80% 7 Perfect “herbal malt-tea” for a wintery night cup. It takes a few drops of water to cut the edges.
Glenfarclas 1984 Plain Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 7 That whisky struggles to stand out among a flight of big sherry guys, but it is worth enjoying. Though we could have expected more character from a 27 Years Old whisky.
Glenfarclas 1996 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 7 The nose offered some smoothness that the palate denied. Not numbing with water but gets bitter.
Glenfarclas 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A straightforward Speyside classic. Also big enough to benefit from considerable age.
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Fantastic nose, but loses it on the palate.
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.
Glenfarclas 43 Years Old, Cognac Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.70% 9 Incredibly “alive” for a 43 Years Old whisky. Absolutely wonderful. Fully matured or just finished in a cognac cask ? Whatever, it worked superbly.
Glenfarclas 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Young and still coming together but there's enough richness of character to make it more than just an interesting pit stop on the road to full maturity.
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Clean and of interest.
Glenfarclas Movember 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 8 Light and well structured. Refreshing.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask 1958 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.70% 8 Direct and blunt, but with the right amount of intelligence and personality.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1952 Cask 1713 Plains Hogshead 55 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.30% 7 Remarkable.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1957 Cask 2 Sherry Hogshead 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.20% 7 Just too much cask influence for the sake of balance.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1959 Cask 3227
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.90% 6 A great vintage (!) but too long in cask for me.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1960 Cask 1768 Sherry Hogshead 48 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60% 8 Superb nose,but a little dry on the tongue. Still...!
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1961 Cask 1322 Sherry Hogshead 47 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20% 8 A big whisky.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1978 Cask 626 Plain Hogshead 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 Decently balanced.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1979 Cask 2216
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60% 8 Fantastic.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1987 Cask 3826 Refill Sherry Butt 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.20% 8 Mature and elegant.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask, Release 3 1962 Cask 2647 46 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.00% 6 Overcooked.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask, Release 3 1969 Cask 3188 39 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 7 Big and tannic. Would add structure to a blend.