David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus
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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 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.
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!
PUNI ALBA Acquavite di Cereali
Single Malt - Italy - 43.00% 7 Great nose but a little unforgiving for my palate.
Spirit of Freedom 30 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A good early evening dram.
Spirit of Hven Seven Stars Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt - Sweden - 45.00% 8 This was like being coddled in a tweed blanket, warming and reassuring.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glen Grant Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10% 8 A slippery one and difficult to get to grips with, I kept changing my mind.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Sultry and brooding. Katharine Hepburn in a glass.
The Maltman Ben Nevis 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.50% 7 Classic and classy - I preferred it neat.
Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release Lemon Cheesecake
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Tender hearted and loveable. Delicious.
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.60% 8 A beautiful and delicate aperitif. Take your time with this - it deserves it.
Bushmills Irish Honey
Liqueur - Republic of Ireland - 35.00% 7 There was too much of the confectionary sweetness for my taste, but I can see that you would like this as an alternative to a liqueur.
Cardhu Amber Rock
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 I found there was not enough connection between the nose and the taste. It loses its way with water - better neat.
Dark Horse Alberta Premium
Blended - Canada - 45.00% 8 Deliciously sweet, bagfuls of pudding.
Dark Horse Renunion Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 44.50% 8 I found this slightly strange but I like it.
Dark Horse Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 44.50% 7 I could see this in a cocktail to counter the sharpness with some sweetness.
Edradour 2006 Oloroso Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 8 This begs for water, so add carefully. A wonderful nose.
Elements of Islay BW3
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.60% 8 Cracking. Takes you to Islay in a heartbeat.
Forty Creek Heart Of Gold
Blended - Canada - 43.00% 8 I loved this for the subtle and delicious flavours. Masterly
Kilchoman Bourbon Cask 2008
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 8 The distillery character shouts from the rooftops - I spotted this a mile off.
Koval Four Grain
Grain - U.S.A. - 47.10% 7 Indulgent and slightly dangerous - delicious.
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.
Signatory Clynelish 1995, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20% 8 A lovely balance of warmth and perfume, it feels older than its age.
Stranahan's “Snowflake” Mt. Silverheels
Non Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00% 8 The initial nose is off putting but stick with it.