A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
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The Speyside Whisky Festival 30 April – 4 May 2015
April 2015, Issue 127, page 36
Uisge Source – The final Cut
Is the provenance of water overlooked?
December 2014, Issue 124, page 50
A Truffle with a Twist
Chocolate making in the Highlands
October 2014, Issue 123, page 36
It's All in the Mix
The Compass Box Blending School
October 2014, Issue 123, page 44
Knockdhu: Expressions of Sheer Peat
Shining the light on a hidden gem – Knockdhu
October 2014, Issue 123, page 50
The Whisky Trail
Annabel Meikle recounts her ancestors voyage to South Africa in 1869
April 2014, Issue 119, page 26
Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.
Published April 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 124
David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus.
Published December 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 123
The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America.
Published October 2014.
anCnoc Distilled 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Sweet like confectioner's custard. MacDonald's ice cream Sunday with raspberry sauce.
Auchentoshan American Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Is this a sweet Blanc du Blanc?
Ballechin Single Malt 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A big ploughing workhouse. Not a showjumper prancing about but a direct beast that does a job.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 7 This could do with much longer in the cask before being let out into the world. Makes me hope bottle-aging exists.
Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.00% 9 Like walking into a French pâtisserie in a small rural Gascony village.
Compass Box Whisky Great Kind Street
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 This is a pick'n'mix whisky, a bit rancio on the finish but there are some sweet moments if you look for them.
Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70% 9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight
Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Three seasons in a pine forest in a glass. A really attractive whisky which is unctuous and juicy. Well done.
Glengoyne 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The whisky for a mason; lots of structure, stone and hard work.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A really lovely whisky giving Christmas punch, spices and honey. A distilled mead.
Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt - Belgium - 46.00% 7 For me, this maybe needs a little more thought to develop into a well rounded whisky.
Grand Traverse Distillery Ole George Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.50% 7 Could be used as a cocktail ingredient. Like it has been matured in Swedish Sauna Pine Wood.
Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky Gold Heritage
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 This is afternoon tea. Not quite at the poshest restaurant in town, but the one next door. Slightly cheaper, no waiting time but equally as good.
Old Pulteney Navigator
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Almost like a ginger wine, this would make a great rusty nail.
Smögen Svensk Single Malt Primör
Single Malt - Sweden - 63.70% 7 A velvet tracksuit. Not a three piece suit. Smooth and silky.
Springbank Cask Strength 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30% 7 This one is not really to my taste.
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 0.00% 8 The perfect Old Fashioned whiskey? Na, just give me this one neat and a dime for the juke box in the corner.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.70% 8 Like a beautiful and entertaining tapestry. A work of art.
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Like walking down the baking aisle in a supermarket the week after Great British Bake Off
Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye Whiskey Lot #4 Small Batch
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 This is not to my taste...so onward to the next one.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Velvet Fig
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Gives sweet tones and probably would go down well doused with ice.
291 Bad Boy Colorado Bourbon Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 A slight disconnect between nose and palate but give it time.
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 A big boy bruiser with a tender heart.
Balblair Highland Single Malt 1999 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A gentle personality and a crowd pleaser.
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 Assertive, the spirit isn't being pushed around by the oak.
Elmer T. Lee Commemorative Edition
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50% 8 Upfront, in your face and hard to dislike. If Dolly Parton was a whisky – it's this!
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2014 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.00% 8 A complex weave, this takes water and time to unravel.
Glendronach Tawny Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Elegant, feminine and flirtatious. Gives you the wink and easy to drink.
Glengoyne 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 It feels old but not fragile.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 This whispers in your ear and draws you in – very restrained and sophisticated.
Grand Traverse Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 Curious – it was more like a liqueur than a whisky.
Hellyers Road Distillery Tasmania Original 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Australia - 46.20% 8 Exceedingly good but don't leave it for too long.
Highland Park Dark Origins
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.80% 7 The sherry masks more subtle flavours so it feels a little one-dimensional.
K5 Himalayan Whisky
Blended - Bhutan - 40.00% 7 A little lacking and thin, perhaps it was too young.
Kilchoman, Abbey Whisky Exclusive 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 A huge big bruiser - quite a showstopper!