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A thoroughly Scottish night in
Neil Ridley donned his tweeds, applied the moustache wax and packed the picnic blanket for a splendid night in...
January 2010, Issue 85, page 20
Blackadder goes forth
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to Robin Tcek, proprietor of the independent bottler blackadder, and finds out why he dislikes filtering, industry attitudes and armchairs
April 2001, Issue 15, page 52
Ian Buxtonlooks at the rise of whisky liqueurs and infusions
October 2012, Issue 107, page 22
CHANNELING CRAZY HORSE
It is said that whisky and friendship go together, and a couple of experiences I have had recently really have confirmed this. When the joys of friends, whisky, and places all fall together in perfect...
July 2013, Issue 113, page 3
With the search for the Global Icons of Whisky nearing its end, we turn our attention to the rest of the world; this includes producing nations such as Ireland, Japan, Canada and India
March 2012, Issue 102, page 6
Icons of Whisky 2012
Following months of debate,scrutiny and several rounds of voting,Whisky Magazine's international judging panel has finally settled on the winners. We reveal who has collected the coveted Icons
March 2012, Issue 102, page 49
Jam and dram
Jam and Dram Last month, the renowned music venue Village Underground in London's fashionable Shoreditch was ringing to the sound of more than just guitars, drums and the occasional ukulele. The ven...
July 2013, Issue 113, page 7
Jonny McCormick explores a monster of a Highland bar on the shores of Loch Ness.
April 2010, Issue 87, page 24
New World Order
With the search for the Global Icons of Whisky nearing its end, we turn our attention to the rest of the world; this includes producing nations such as Ireland, Japan, Canada and India.
March 2013, Issue 110, page 6
Raiding the Larder
Martin Mitchell heads out to the Islay coastline to forage for food
September 2012, Issue 106, page 50
Small but perfectly formed (Oban)
Oban is a wonderful but compact distillery in a picturesque port town. Ian Buxton visited it
November 2005, Issue 52, page 24
Small is beautiful
Writer, commentator and consultant,Ian Buxton has more than 20 years experience in the whisky business. CoolHunting.com said his most recent book 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die offered “...
October 2012, Issue 107, page 11
The Blender Without Portfolio
Craft blenders...a disappearing art?
September 2014, Issue 122, page 35
The blog boys
Dominic Roskrow meets the brains behind the Edinburgh Blog.
January 2010, Issue 85, page 32
The Naked Spirit
Ever wondered what your favourite whisky would taste like when stripped of its colour? Neil Ridley experiences a moment of clarity
October 2012, Issue 107, page 30
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
World Whiskies Awards 2012 Winners Announced
There is a certain joy following the various spirits through this competition and its format. The job of the judges gets progressively harder as the rounds progress and the competition for the winning...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 73
World Whiskies Design Awards 2012
Winners of the inaugural World Whiskies Design Awards were announced at the Waldorf Hilton on 22nd March. Highland Park 50 Years Old won the Best Design award and Stranger & Stranger took home the Bes...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 8
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 7 I'm an Inchgower fan but I'd want more from a whisky of this age.
Master of Malt 10 Years Old 1st Edition
Blended - Scotland - 47.50% 8 It lost a few points due to its simplistic palate but apart from that it was very enjoyable.
Master of Malt 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cleanliness, style and substance. A wee cracker!
Master of Malt Aberlour 1995 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 Balanced, fresh and fruity – a fine opening dram for the evening.
Master of Malt Aberlour That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 A rich and well structured whisky. Amazingly smooth given its strength.
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.
Master of Malt Ardbeg That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 8 A perfect islander. More phenolic than smoky and so well balanced. The ocean in your glass. Bring the oysters!
Master of Malt Aultmore 5 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 66.80% 7 At this strength, one wonders what it's trying to prove.
Master of Malt Aultmore That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 53.40% 7 An autumn dram. Pleasant but it is as if something was missing. Not completely put together.
Master of Malt Bally Delicious
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 An interesting floral character but not a wide aromatic palate.
Master of Malt Ben Nevis 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 This was a little edgy at first, but give it time and it softens up.
Master of Malt Benriach That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 7 Not unpleasant but one dimensional. With some astringency on the finish.
Master of Malt Benrinnes That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 7 A slightly austere character but well balanced as well.
Master of Malt Bunnahabhain 1990 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.10% 7 Soft and very easy.
Master of Malt Caol Ila 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 7 Incredibly crisp and strong for its age. Water mellows the nose but makes the palate more astringent. Lack of balance.
Master of Malt Clynelish Single Cask Series 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 A lovely, fresh and conversational dram. A dash of water brings out more sweetness. A spring celebration in itself.
Master of Malt Cragganmore 20 Years Old, 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 7 An unexpectedly light (but well balanced) Cragganmore.
Master of Malt Glen Garioch 1990 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.80% 8 Approaching its twilight years, but still with a definite spring in its step. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Master of Malt Glenturret 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.90% 8 A nicely rounded whisky.
Master of Malt Highland Park 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 56.00% 7 Refreshing and well balanced. The nose promises more than it delivers on the palate. I have never come across such a phenolic HP.
Master of Malt Islay 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It's fine, but a bit one-dimensional.
Master of Malt Lowland Single Malt 2nd Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Hard to pin a great deal on this one. The nose has its merits, but you really have to search for them.
Master of Malt North British 1991 20 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 55.80% 7 It might lack the layering you want from a 20 year old but its vibrancy is to be praised.
Master of Malt Speyside 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Lovely nose but not fully backed up on the tongue. In cask just too long.
Master of Malt Speyside 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.20% 9 Flavours like these are the reason wood maturation was invented. Excellent stuff.
Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 A buoyant character. Perfect to get you back on your feet on a crispy morning.
Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Invigorating like a crisp spring morning. Fragrances in the air. I prefer it neat.
Master of Malt Tobermory 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 7 A vibrant character, especially on the palate. Refreshing but with a bite.
Master of Malt Tormore Single Cask Series
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20% 7 Interesting whisky but the high ABV requires some precautions. Time, a dash of water and you have an energetic and talkative dram!
Master of Malt Whisky Liqueur 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A fine addition to the ever-growing whisky liqueur category.
Reference Series Reference Series I
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50% 7 Like a smoked margarita.
Reference Series Reference Series II
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50% 8 Nice and rich, but (like us all) it could be richer.
Reference Series Reference Series III
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50% 8 Warm waffles drizzled in runny honey. Excellent stuff.
Blended - Scotland - 41.40% 8 The first nose is unusual and takes you to pine forests. Then the fruit character unwinds. Water releases a cardboard note. I like the spiciness and bouncyp rofile of this whisky.
Secret Bottlings Series 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A perfectly balanced dram. Mature, smooth and pleasant all the way.