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Whisky Magazine writer - Charles Montanaro

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Whisky Magazine Issue 150

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Charles Montanaro

For Peat's Sake
Braving the most intriguing flavour of them all

July 2016, Issue 137, page 62

The Future for Cocktails
How the culinary scene is having an influence

June 2016, Issue 136, page 58

Cocktails from Around the World
Why London is so important to the world cocktail scene

April 2016, Issue 135, page 58

Cocktails Around the World
New Orleans, Louisiana... ‘The Big Easy'

January 2016, Issue 133, page 58

Smoky Whisky Cocktails
For those long dark winter nights

December 2015, Issue 132, page 58

Closing the Gap
Europe is right behind

October 2015, Issue 131, page 58

Irish Pot Still Whiskey
An icon of the past and future

September 2015, Issue 130, page 58

The Softer Side of Whisky
Let the grain take the strain

July 2015, Issue 129, page 82

The Buffalo's Graveyard
A trace of Bourbon history

June 2015, Issue 128, page 58

Unforgettable Classics
An intertwined relationship to history

April 2015, Issue 127, page 58

A Cocktail Revolution
The rise of new age methods of ageing

March 2015, Issue 126, page 58

Rye's In Trend
The comeback of the original American whiskey

January 2015, Issue 125, page 56

Maturation marvels
The spirit of wood and the beauty of diversity

December 2014, Issue 124, page 58

Whisky Magazine Issue 137

Whisky Magazine Issue 137
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon.

Published July 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 136

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory.

Published June 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 135

Whisky Magazine Issue 135
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Japanese craft whisky, Sedgwick, Kentucky Peerless.

Published April 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 133

Whisky Magazine Issue 133
The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery.

Published January 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 132

Whisky Magazine Issue 132
Japan Whisky In Harmony, Balblair Distillery, Beam Suntory, Tomatin Distillery.

Published December 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 131

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
The Hebridean Archipelago, Dalmunach, Four Roses, New Orleans Bars .

Published October 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 130

Whisky Magazine Issue 130
Global Travel Retail, Coppersmiths, Favourite Blends, Texas Whiskey.

Published September 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 129

Whisky Magazine Issue 129
American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany.

Published July 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 128

Whisky Magazine Issue 128
Crown Royal, Netherlands, Laphroaig, Photo Challenge 2015.

Published June 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 127

Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.

Published April 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 126

Whisky Magazine Issue 126
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special.

Published March 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 125

Whisky Magazine Issue 125
Sláinte to Irish Whiskey, Icons of Whisky Rest of World, Bourbon, Travel Retail Glenmorangie.

Published January 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 124

Whisky Magazine Issue 124
David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus.

Published December 2014.

Abbey Whisky Anon. Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
7 Lacking a little bit of sweetness to balance the spirit character. Ex-Manzanilla sherry finished perhaps?

Aultmore 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A classic, full-bodied Spey, worth buying for the finish alone!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Benromach 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Two words... Simply stunning!

Berry's Own Selection Glen Garioch Cask #7857
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Quite a dense and concentrated whisky, showing some lovely aged character.

Cleveland Underground Black Cherry Wood
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 It appears to be a simple, inexpensive Bourbon.

Craigellachie 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A classic Spey which delivers everything a good Spey should do.

Cù Bòcan Virgin Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Has a Highland distillery dabbled in triple distillation? Either way it's a fabulous whisky!

Douglas Laing Cask Strength
Blended Malt - Scotland - 53.60%
8 A seriously entertaining dram... As long as you have a bit of a herbal fetish that is!

Douglas Laing Small Batch
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Comments: A lovely, young Islay with plenty of sweet barley to balance the coastal astringency.

Four Roses Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but it's entertaining. There's a real battle going on between the spirit and the oak.

Glacier Distilling Company Wheatfish
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Quite unique and unlike any other wheat whisky I've tasted. Almost Irish in style and character.

Glen Breton Single Malt Whisky Ice 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Canada - 57.20%
7 You have to love its youthful intensity.

Islay Mist 8 Years Old Manzanilla La Gitana Cask Finish
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 That's how to make a great blend! The Islay component dominates, but you can't argue with quality.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Springbank 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10%
8 I'm lost for words!

Master of Malt Bruichladdich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
7 A pleasant Islay. Water makes the oak a little bitter.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glenallachie Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70%
7 Not my favoured style of whisky and for that reason... I'm out!

The GlenDronach The Heilan'
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Dense, succulent and very enjoyable.

Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey Nectarine & Honey
Whisky Liqueur - U.S.A. - 35.00%
7 It's always difficult to score flavoured new make highly as by its very nature there is not much in the way of complexity. As they say, it is what it is! – Peachy Dog!

Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A real fruit bomb of a malt!

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World Series: Port Finish
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A late harvested wine cask finished rye whisky? It's dangerously drinkable!

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