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Murray McDavid

Drumore House , Campbelltown, Argyll, TA28 6HD, Scotland
Tel: +44 1586 554 875
Fax: +44 1586 554 905

Articles (20)

A distillery seeped in history (Clynelish)
Ian Buxton travels North of Inverness to the remote distillery at Clynelish

July 2005, Issue 49, page 34

A royal threesome
It's one of the easier whisky trivia questions. Which three Scottish distilleries are allowed to append the word 'royal' to their titles, asks Gavin Smith.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 42

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

Blogging it
Richard Jones surfs the ‘net to find some of the more interesting sites of whisky comment and debate

June 2007, Issue 64, page 30

Cask iron investment?
Dave Broom takes you through the possible pitfalls, the complications and the cons of many a whisky lover's dream- buying a cask

February 2002, Issue 21, page 8

Feis Ile 2001
Dave Broom takes up residence on Islay for the duration of the whisky festival and enjoys a seemingly never ending spiral of whisky served in half-pint glasses, oysters, cigars and dancing – he even...

September 2001, Issue 18, page 20

From soft touch to cask strength
Tom Bruce-Gardyne recounts the history of Cadenhead, a company once regarded as a “soft touch” but now better known for being quick to spot business opportunities in the whisky industry

July 2001, Issue 17, page 44

From the editor
You are male, in your early 40s. You are married with two children and have a household income of over £50,000 ($80,000) per year. You have visited distilleries in Scotland. You always read Michael J...

December 2001, Issue 20, page 5

Frontier spirit (Oddbins)
A drinks retail pioneer, Oddbins stands head and shoulders above many other UK chains for the way it approaches and sells Scotch – like a fellow whisky lover. Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds out more

June 2002, Issue 23, page 48

Healthy Hart
Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports on a firm which has flourished bottling fine single malts

January 2003, Issue 28, page 34

Independent's day
Dave Broom reports on the challenges facing a determined new breed of independent bottle-distillers

October 2002, Issue 26, page 16

Insight
The Isle of Harris Distillery

December 2014, Issue 124, page 6

Live and kicking
Marcin Miller evaluates the inaugural Whisky Magazine Live and comes to the conclusion that if you missed it, you missed out

July 2001, Issue 17, page 28

Rum in the tropics
Welcome to our second rum special. If last year's was an introduction to what has been the world's forgotten spirit, then this time we are examining some of the links which exist between rum and whisk...

September 2009, Issue 82, page 50

Sean's Canadian hub
The Irish Heather is a whisky mecca in downtown Vancouver. Brigid James visited it

July 2005, Issue 49, page 39

That's the spirit-
Mystery visitor goes to Islay

October 2002, Issue 26, page 26

The battle for independence
Tom Bruce Gardyne profiles Muray McDavid, the enfant terrible of independent bottlers.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 56

The state of independents
How good are the independent bottling companies? We decided to find out in our biggest ever tasting – more than 175 entrants in 24 categories,judged by nine judges over seven weeks. Dominic Roskrow ...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 16

The world of whisky in words
Fifty quotes from 50 issues of Whisky Magazine

September 2005, Issue 50, page 20

Whisky magazine live
Whisky Magazine Live is to be launched very soon, intended to give you, the whisky enthusiast, the opportunity to taste many great whiskies. The event will also give you the chance to enjoy to speakin...

February 2001, Issue 14, page 30

Whiskies (21)

Celtic Heartlands Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60%
8 Fresh, very drinkable. Doesn't remotely taste it's age.

Celtic Heartlands Highland Park 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.10%
8 The more heavily-sherried expressions of Highland Park seem more open in displaying their charms.

Celtic Heartlands The Macallan 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.20%
7 Dry Oloroso is a very good idea.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Murray McDavid 1987,
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Both the name and the medicinal character suggests the distillery of origin.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 Surprising peatiness, but without smokiness.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 For an allegedly light malt, the flavours sing through but, as the dark colour suggests, there really is too much wood.

Murray McDavid Caol Ila 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.70%
8 On the light side, but with some delicacy and complexity.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Murray McDavid Highland Park 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Very good indeed as a lightish, delicate, interpretation of Highland Park.

Murray McDavid Lagavulin 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An opportunity to taste another version of Lagavulin. Subtle and complex, but I missed the instant punch of peat.

Murray McDavid Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Rosebank is a delicate whisky, but just a touch more wood-extract would hold together its flavours.

Murray McDavid Rosebank 1990, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The flowery youth of the whisky and the freshness of the sherry cask achieve an interesting harmony.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Murray McDavid Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The characteristic salt and coconut characteristics of Springbank are very evident in this bottling, but perhaps overwhelmingly so. I may need more time to understand this one.

Murray McDavid Mission Clynelish 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Spectacular aperitif. I wanted to eat a whole salmon.

Murray McDavid Mission Dallas Dhu 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The most elegant bottlng of the three from Dallas Dhu in this tasting. Soft, soothing.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Murray McDavid Mission Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The most feminine Glenlivet I have encountered.

Murray McDavid Mission Royal Brackla 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 An especially rich sherryish bottling. Voluptuous. With the afterdinner chocs.

Murray McDavid Mission II Caperdonich 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Good structure, but spoiled by bitterness and woodiness.

Murray McDavid Mission II Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 This delicate malt in unusually full flavour.

Murray McDavid Mission II Glenlossie 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A rare chance to taste Glenlossie but, again, the wood gets in the way.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Murray McDavid Mission II Linkwood 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Very sophisticated bittersweet flavours. Adults only.

Murray McDavid Mission II Strathisla 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A good example of this distinctive and under-rated malt.

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