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100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit
Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 30
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 new dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean
February 2002, Issue 21, page 34
A special relationship
Michael Jackson takes a reflective look at Japan, Scotland and whisky
November 2001, Issue 19, page 24
A Winter Playground
In the second of our reports from Hokkaido, the Whisky Magazine Japan team finds food and more drink for the soul.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 76
Ian Buxton peeks behind the scenes at one of Scotland's most enduring distilleries
June 2002, Issue 23, page 52
Big in Japan
Whisky Live Japan goes from strength to strength and is getting weirder as it does so. Marcin Miller mixes it with Tokyo's finest
March 2003, Issue 29, page 20
Big Sight Tokyo
One of Whisky Live's most impressive members of the family hit new heights this year and Rob Allanson was there to soak up the atmosphere.
April 2008, Issue 71, page 10
Bigger in Japan
Tokyo was host ot Whisky Live Japan 2001-and Marcin Miller was there to report on the festivities
February 2002, Issue 21, page 14
A huge palm tree,immaculate croquet lawns,magnificent setting and impressive whiskies… we review Whisky Live London.
April 2009, Issue 79, page 10
Called to the bar
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.
November 2008, Issue 76, page 58
Carving out a niche (Karuizawa)
Karuizawa is one of Japan's smaller and lesser known distilleries.But as Dave Broom found out, it's producing some fine and unusual whisky
October 2005, Issue 51, page 32
Chills and thrills (Yoichi)
Dave Broomtries to discover the secret of Nikka by visiting its North Japanese Yoichi distillery
October 2003, Issue 34, page 32
City of Light
Paris by night has been unanimously praised in literature and travel guides. You may all have done it, walk down the Champs-Elysées at Christmas time or sit on a bench at the end of l'Ile-Saint-Loui...
October 2011, Issue 99, page 50
Confessions of a party animal (Charles Kennedy)
The leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, shares a dram with Jane Slade.
September 2000, Issue 11, page 60
Drinking Under the Sydney Sun
Whisky is like Coca Cola in this city. Then there is always plenty in reach. But if you are looking for more intriguing, hard to find whiskies, then put Chris Middleton's guide in your pocket and head...
June 2011, Issue 96, page 46
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
The fifth Whisky Live in Japan not only attracted a sell-out crowd, but it was a major success too. Marcin Miller reports
February 2004, Issue 37, page 16
Full House (Hanyu)
Dave Broom looks at the story behind this new Japanese whisky company which is upping the anté
June 2007, Issue 64, page 26
Our experts open their almanacs and explore the challenges facing the industry in 2011
January 2011, Issue 93, page 6
Heart of Oak
Chris Bunting visits Japan's most maritime distillery.
February 2010, Issue 86, page 46
Icons of Whisky 2008
Following months of scrutiny,much debate and exhaustive rounds of voting, we finally reveal the cream of the crop in the whisky world.
February 2008, Issue 70, page 15
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
In search of the world's best whiskies
This is the third time we have held the Best of the Best. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, this is the biggest and most ambitious attempt yet to find the world's best whiskies
March 2005, Issue 46, page 18
In the shadow of Mount Fuji (Gotemba)
Gotemba Distillery enjoys special status in Japan. Dave Broom visited it
July 2006, Issue 57, page 32
Industry 'Oscars' honour the heroes of whisky
The Icons of Whisky recognise the people and companies that have made the biggest contribution to the world of whisky. Dominic Roskrow explains how the winners were chosen
March 2005, Issue 46, page 26
It's show time!
The greatest shows on earth. We provide an overview of Whisky Live in London and Tokyo
April 2007, Issue 63, page 58
Land of the rising sun
Dave Broom gives us his tips on places to go when in Japan.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 40
Lomond's Formidable Distiller
It isn't on the list of distilleries that more than a million visitors to Scotland descend upon each year. it isn't situated on some windswept, romantic, island shore and it isn't very pretty. But it ...
April 2011, Issue 95, page 36
Lost in a nation
Dave visits the new rebuilt Hanyu distillery and takes in some Japanese culture.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 12
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
Joe Bates looks at how London City Airport is gearing up
March 2012, Issue 102, page 33
Dave Broom gives us his tips on places to go when in Japan.
December 2007, Issue 68, page 36
Out of the ordinary
Dave Broom gives us his guide to staying ,eating,drinking and visiting in Japan
October 2006, Issue 59, page 34
Peter the great
Restless genius Peter Mackie was a true champion of malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne describes the life of the whisky baron who created the White Horse.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 66
Jonny McCormick takes a look at the auction houses.
April 2013, Issue 111, page 80
The search is nearly over for the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the final round of the regional voting our focus turns to the ‘rest of the world'.
February 2010, Issue 86, page 6
Spirit of the architect
Ian Buxton looks at the man behind the iconic pagoda,his contemporaries and his legacy
March 2007, Issue 62, page 26
Stock of French whisky event rises
The first Whisky LiveParis was held inteh old Parisian stock market - and it was a success
October 2004, Issue 43, page 15
The Art of Science
Dave Broom examines how Japan's distillers are taking their country's whiskies into the world.
January 1970, Issue 84, page 14
The backbone of great whisky? (Longmorn)
Longmorn is a blenders' favourite. But as a single malt it's both wonderful and frustratingly hard to get. Ian Buxton adds his voice to the Whisky Magazine clamour for more of it
May 2004, Issue 39, page 30
The best year yet
This year's Icons of Whisky were the toughest yet. Drawing up the shortlists was a nightmare.And the voting in nearly all categories was painfully close. Dominic Roskrowreports
March 2006, Issue 54, page 18
The Big Man
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Long John blend.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 40
The cream of the crop
Every year Whisky Magazine holds the Icons of Whisky, the international awards recognising the very best in the whisky industry
January 2007, Issue 61, page 50
The history makers
For our 10th anniversary issue,Ian Buxton profiles 10 people who have shaped today's global whisky industry.While these are only short biographical sketchs of individuals,all of whom deserve an articl...
November 2008, Issue 76, page 23
The Miller's Tale
This will be the last time I refer to the Ardbeg-sponsored Islay half marathon. Until next year's race, that is. Although it would not be unfair to suggest that the word 'race' is too strong a term fo...
November 2003, Issue 35, page 5
The Miller's Tale
Another fascinating 12 months in the world of whisky, then. The trend for small independents buying distilleries from large multinationals goes on. Announcements of new smaller-scale distilling projec...
March 2003, Issue 29, page 5
The Perfect Place
In a two-part feature, the Whisky Magazine Japan team takes us to Northern Japan to look at the bars and food on offer.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 71
The state of Japan
For this issue's round table we hand over to Dave Broom, who recently hosted a live debate in Japan with representatives of three leading companies. This is his summary of that event
July 2006, Issue 57, page 16
The wild wild west
Touring the pretty west coast of Scotland? Gavin D. Smith looks at what's on offer for the whisky enthusiast.
July 2010, Issue 89, page 30
Whisky Magazine Issue 102
Photo Challenge 2012 winners revealed - Ireland spotlight - Bruichladdich Distillery.
Published March 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 100
The Whisky Magazine anniversary issue celebrates 100 years of the greatest whisky people, the 21st Century's 100 greatest bottles and the 100 greatest distilleries to visit plus much more....
Published December 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 99
Charley Boorman - Drayman's Distillery - A drinker's guide to Paris - Micro Distilling and much more....
Published October 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 96
Jura - Your guide to Speyside - Sydney bars guide and much more....
Published June 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 95
World Whiskies Awards and much more....
Published April 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 93
Four Roses - Mount Vernon - Old Crow Distillery and much more.
Published January 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 92
Albert Watson & The Macallan - Kyoto - Springbank - Zen & whisky and much more....
Published December 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 89
Woodford Reserve - US micro distilleries - Glenlivet - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more....
Published July 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 86
Shackleton's whisky - Dalwhinnie - New York Bars - Kilbeggan - Cocktails - Peat - Icons of Whisky 2010 and much more....
Published February 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 84
Boutique Speyside - Explore The Balvenie - Japanese Focus - Cocktails from New Orleans - Bunnahabhain - Buffalo Trace - Mackmyra - SMWS and much more....
Published January 1970.
Whisky Magazine Issue 79
World Whiskies Awards Edition - Best Whiskies in the World 2009.
Published April 2009.
Whisky Magazine Issue 78
Icons of Whisky 2009 - Edradour - Bill Lumsden - Three Glens - Southern Ireland - Evan Williams - The Dalmore & much more....
Published February 2009.
Whisky Magazine Issue 76
Whisky Magazine Aged 10 Years - Grain whisky comeback - Top 10 lost distilleries - Visitors guide to the islands - Welsh whisky - Top 10 London bars - Tastings, blends - Lewis, new distillery - and more....
Published November 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 75
Global blends - Chichibu - Buffalo Trace - Independent Bottlers Challenge - Icons of Whisky - Awards - Yamazaki - Yoichi - The Balvenie - Old Forester - Whisky Kitchen - Bourbon Festival.
Published October 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 71
Best Whiskies in the World 2008 - Wonderful wood - Old Bourbon - Lost Distilleries - Travel Retail - Tastings Grain Whisky and much more....
Published April 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 70
Icons of Whisky 2008 - Speyside Treasures - Silent Season - Tour de France - Ireland Guide - Littlemill - Dalmore - Ardmore ... and more.
Published February 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 69
Highland Gem - Home of Anoc - Americas youngest distillers - Food matching the Diageo way - Brora - Bartenders Trip - Mackmyra - Ginkgo and more.....
Published January 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 68
Lowland perfection - Auchentoshan - History of the cork - Premium whisky - Glenury Royal - Dewars - Makers Mark - Mash Tuns - Glenlivet - Ben Nevis - Inverleven - 40 whiskies tasted.
Published December 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 67
Premium Blends - Kittling Ridge - 200 Whiskies Tasted - Icons of Whisky - Whisky and Food - VIP Tours - Climate change ... and more....
Published November 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 64
Mixing the Magic - Cocktails - Glengyle comes of age - The Glenlivet - 40 whiskies tasted - Kilbeggan - Duncan Taylor - Grain Whisky - Events - Music - Food and much more....
Published June 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 63
World Whiskies Awards - The Best Whiskies in the World - New distilleries - Balblair Vintages - Kentucky Visitors Guide - Whisky and Food - Port Ellen and more....
Published April 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 62
Macallan Oak - Cask Strength - Canadian Whisky - Pagodas - Rankin on Rebus - Icons of Whisky 2007 - Ledaig - Glen Grant - Glenmorangie.
Published March 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 61
American Distiller of the Year - Icons of Whisky - Buffalo Trace Exclusive - Bar Exams - Premium Bourbon - Ballantines.
Published January 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 59
The Blenders Art - Kentucky Bourbon Festival - First look at reopened Scapa - Whiskey rebellion - The price of malts - 40 whiskies reviewed - Milling Malts - American Ads - Glenrothes Dinners.
Published October 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 57
American idols - The legends behind the great brands - The Highlands - The Sma' Still - Speyside history - Sir Iain Noble - Cooley - Silent Stills Tasting - Gotemba - Johnnie Walker Blue.
Published July 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 54
Icons of Whisky 2006 - Islay & Jura guide - Grain whisky - Bourbon's future - Cask strength Higlanders - Deanston.
Published March 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 52
Break for the Border - Whiskey and moonshine - Oban Distillery - Wine Finishes - Kentucky - Improve your tasting skills - Glen Moray - Jimmy Barclay - Tullamore Dew.
Published November 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 51
Winston and whisky - Blended whisky - Talisker and Teacher's turn 175 - Glen Grant - Bourbon in Brooklyn - Wine Finishes - The glasgow whisky scandal.
Published October 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 46
Best of the Best - Champions of Whisky 2005 - Icons of Whisky - Glen Gant - Adelphi - Distillery buy-out two years on.
Published March 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 45
Whisky and Art - Young Malts - Whisky on the Web - Tullibardine - Cardhu - Heaven Hill - Blends vs Malts.
Published January 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 43
The World's best blended whisky - Jim McEwans's Whisky Academy - Irish whiskey tastings - Christmas indulgences.
Published October 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 39
Cask strength Islay tasting - Longmorn - Classic malts cruise - Delilah's.
Published May 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 37
Bill Murray - Whisky Live - Bourbon Collecting - Ice Cream - Whisky in Russia.
Published February 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 35
Kentucky Special - Port wood finishes - Bowmore - Own label whisky.
Published November 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 34
Sean Connery - East meets West - Irish Coffee - Whisky and sushi.
Published October 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 29
James Bond - Cooley Distillery - Indian Whisky - Festival Reviews.
Published March 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 23
Iain Henderson - Ben Nevis - Eau-de-vie stills - Moonshine - Vatted Malts tasting.
Published June 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 21
Whisky and art - Buying a cask - Brian Morrison - Rye Tasting.
Published February 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 19
Jimmy Russell - Japanese Whisky - Illicit Distilling - Bourbon Tasting.
Published November 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 12
By Royal Appointment - Jack Daniel's - Highland Park - Highland Malts.
Published November 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 11
Highland Malts Tasting - Lagavulin - Buffalo Trace - Cigars - Fishing.
Published September 2000.
Coffey 13 Years Old 1995 Single Cask
Single Grain - Japan - 64.00% 8 Silky and smooth.
Miyagikyo 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00% 7 Nose is more attractive than the palate. Lacks elegance and cohesion.
Miyagikyo 1987, Cask No. 60236
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 How can whisky leave its signature behind that thick oak panelling? No chance.
Miyagikyo 1987, Cask no. 89714
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 Another example of sherry domination. Where's the balance?
Miyagikyo 1990 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 Funny enough,that strong dram is better neat. But give it time.
Miyagikyo 1991, Cask No. 117705
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 Quite a nice refreshing dram when generously diluted.
Miyagikyo 22 Years Old 1986 Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00% 8 The soft juicy Miyagikyo shows its darkside.
Miyagikyo No Age
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Not at its best.
Miyagikyo Single Cask Sendai, 1990
Single Malt - Japan - 60.60% 7 The orangey colour suggests some sherry. Nikka's Sendai distillery has in this instance produced a nuttier, maltier style of whisky than Yoichi.
Nikka 34 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 Big and complex. Slightly drying but avoids excessive woodiness.
Nikka All Malt 1989
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 An interesting idea, and it produces for Nikka a much sweeter style of whisky.
Nikka Black 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 Easy-going, well-balanced. To be enjoyed as a refreshment with water and ice.
Nikka Coffey Grain 1995
Single Grain - Japan - 60.00% Medium to full-bodied, but that slight mustiness diminishes its undoubted voluptuous charms.
Nikka Coffey Grain 1995 14 Years Old
Single Grain - Japan - 60.00% 7 A grainy profile enriched by fruity flavours. I'd happily try it chilled.
Nikka Pure Malt Black
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 A delicatessen whisky which quietly earns your respect.
Nikka Pure Malt Red
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 A classy and sophisticated all-rounder.
Nikka Pure Malt White
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 Very different,utterly beguiling and cleverly constructed.
Nikka Single Coffey Malt
- Japan - 55.00% 7 Layers of seductive soft fruitiness. A malt made in a Coffey still? Why the hell not.
Nikka Single Coffey Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00% 7 Layers of seductive soft fruitiness. A malt made in a Coffey still? Why the hell not!
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 Easily drinkable. Very pleasant. Refreshing. Not especially complex.
Nikka Super Nikka Malt
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 A growling bear among a bunch of deer-like whiskies.This is a good thing. The mushroomy noteis one I associate with new Japanese whiskies.
Taketsuru 12 Years old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 6 Beautifully presented with fruit and barley working together. But a tad polite and falls just short of superstar status.
Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 The creamy notes on the nose suggest more sweetness on the palate. Oak speaks up.
Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 6 A savoury whisky to accompany smoked cheese of pickled fish?
Taketsuru 21 Years old
Blended Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Sweet enough to be attractive,sharp enough not to be cloying and spicy enough to prickle the tastebuds. A winner.
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 8
Tsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 The finish pulls it down. Other than that, very approachable and highly drinkable.
Yoichi 10 Years old, 1998
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00% 8 Another cracker from that great distillery. Just a splash of water and it takes you further and further.
Yoichi 1991 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00% 7 A warm but rich character. Water tames it a little. Some like it hot !