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March 2015, Issue 126, page 84
From monsters to minnows
Pip Hills looks at who owns what in the world of whisky
March 2003, Issue 29, page 17
Give Grain a Chance
Ian Wisniewski asks how do different stages of the production process influence the character of grain whisky?
September 2011, Issue 98, page 24
Because blended grains make finer whisky
July 2015, Issue 129, page 42
Owing it all to Islington
Gavin Smith recounts the early days of blending, when a court case in north London helped secure the future of the Scotch whisky industry
July 2001, Issue 17, page 24
Rugged & Canny
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of Vat 69
September 2012, Issue 106, page 34
Sole Survivor (Glengoyne)
John Lamond visits Glengoyne Distillery – an enduring whisky landmark in an area littered with the remains of over 20 distilleries that didn't withstand the tests of time
December 2001, Issue 20, page 42
Gavin D Smith reveals the contribution grain has made to the Scotch whisky industry.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 36
The godfather of blending
Gavin. D. Smith examines the legacy of the philanthropic Andrew Usher and sons, blending pineers
November 2002, Issue 27, page 28
The Heart of the Empire
Gavin D. Smith goes behind the scenes at Diageo's grain plant.
September 2011, Issue 98, page 28
Berry's Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1996, North British, Cask #224766
Single Grain - Scotland - 56.80% 8 Now, there's a full-bodied grain. If you are still not convinced by great Scottish grain, then buy this!
Cadenhead's North British 21 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.80% 7 Somewhat one-dimensional.
Duncan Taylor North British 27 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 52.80% 7 The palate does not have the refreshing appeal of the nose. Water tames it but not enough to make it really palatable.
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.
Scott's Selection North British 1974
Single Grain - Scotland - 53.10% 7 A pleasant summer whisky.
Scott's Selection North of Scotland, 1963
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.80% 7 Very rich for a grain whisky. Not much dimension. No flavour peaks.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company North British Batch 1
Single Grain - Scotland - 51.10% 8 Grain whiskies are largely hit and miss, but this one is certainly in the hit camp. Very solid and reliable.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company North British Batch 2
Single Grain - Scotland - 49.30% 8 A lovely, fresh, young grain. Avoid water – the alcohol gives it intensity.