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Dave Broom has been writing for Whisky Magazine since our first issues were published. Widely recognised in the industry and further field as one of the countries top tasters. Read regular features and columns along with 100s of Dave's tasting notes.
Dave gazes into his crystal ball at some interesting ideas
February 2014, Issue 117, page 13
Call me Cassandra
Dave looks at how history can point to the future
December 2013, Issue 116, page 13
Hiding in plain sight
This great province provides some eye opening experiences
October 2013, Issue 115, page 53
Spirit of the system
A celebration of whiskey links Dave with music and the land
October 2013, Issue 115, page 13
The Bigger Picture
In the way of these things, I've just been asked about grain ‘trending'. It's a sensible enough question – there's a frisson of interest about grain whisky these days – and a subject worth disc...
September 2013, Issue 114, page 13
The Question of yeast
Dave asks why not experiment with yeast strains?
July 2013, Issue 113, page 11
Coming back to life
Dave looks at the rise in fortunes of Tamdhu Distillery The road to Tamdhu seemed to be a fairly simple one, even for one who doesn't drive. Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, change trains to Elgin, t...
June 2013, Issue 112, page 11
Dave muses on Dewar's move into the flavoured categor
April 2013, Issue 111, page 11
The Stick & Dram Method
Dave Broom takes a long hard look at flavour and the joys of blended whisky.
March 2013, Issue 110, page 11
Chasing the Blues Away
Daveconsidered the history and effects of the hot toddy
February 2013, Issue 109, page 11
The future, it would seem, belongs to ever greater concentration on the top end
December 2012, Issue 108, page 11
The Next Evolution
Dave Broomlooks at the new steps for Japanese whisky maker Suntory
December 2012, Issue 108, page 22
DaveBroompacks his bags and racks up the air miles with whisky shows galore
October 2012, Issue 107, page 10
Do The Flip Flop Stomp
There's a number of things which happen when you mention Rio to your friends. First, they stop talking to you, then they begin to mutter about “jet-set lifestyle” but as the departure date looms t...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 12
Let the Whisky Flow
Dave Broom finds out what we have been missing from Oldmeldrum
July 2012, Issue 105, page 30
The End of Days
Dave Broomjoins the final group to visit this much loved Japanese distillery
July 2012, Issue 105, page 58
The Stepford Flavour
DaveBroom discusses the use of first fill American oak casks
July 2012, Issue 105, page 10
Behind the stick
Dave finds himself on the other side of the bar, dispensing wisdom and drams
June 2012, Issue 104, page 10
Dave gives us his take on the recent investment rumblings
April 2012, Issue 103, page 12
Oak is whisky's tutor, it's transformative powers helping craft something miraculous. It persuades, ifluences, steers and ideally never dominates. It sacrifices itself unto exhaustion in order to a...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 14
Dave muses on why the Giant's Causeway being ripped up was a good thing
March 2012, Issue 102, page 12
Supplies and Demand
Dave Broom channels the spirit of Bertolt Brecht pictured above) and looks at some pressing issues acing the industry
February 2012, Issue 101, page 10
All Shapes and Sizes
Dave Broom looks at how Japanese oak imparts exotic flavours, and the different cask types used in whisky making.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 64
More to be Done
Dave Broom considers the last 100 issues and how times have changed, but still some things have not.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 12
High Veldt Drifter
Dave Broom gets a whirlwind tour and finds a man with whisky passion.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 42
Dave Broom meets the voice of the craft distilling movement.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 28
Three Craft Case Studies
Dave Broom profiles three different companies.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 22
Dave looks at how whisky has created a divide between itself and other spirits, and why this is not necessarily a good thing, particularly for brand Scotch.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 12
Po-Mo in Nola
Dave Broomlooks at the impending death of post-modernism.
September 2011, Issue 98, page 12
The Theory of Evolution
Dave Broom talks to the man behind Dewar's revival.
September 2011, Issue 98, page 19
What is going on in the hotels and bars in Scotland, Dave Broom finds out
July 2011, Issue 97, page 12
Bring Back the Flavour
Dave Broom reflects on the changing fortunes of the Irish whiskey market
June 2011, Issue 96, page 10
Living in a Sensory World
Dave Broom takes us through the mechanics of smell
June 2011, Issue 96, page 12
The Age of Ice
Dave Broom gets his hands on liquid history for a tasting exclusive
June 2011, Issue 96, page 62
Mr Hi Ball
Dave Broom talks liquid, occasion and serve with Suntory Liquors whisky supremo
April 2011, Issue 95, page 23
Whisky Magazine Issue 117
Titanic Belfast, Small Batch Blends, Toronto and Maker's Mark.
Published February 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 116
Invergordon, Icons of Whisky Scotland, Japan Focus.
Published December 2013.
Whisky Magazine Issue 115
Black Velvet Distillery, Travelling in Alberta, Glen Keith Distillery and Masters of Photography.
Published October 2013.
Whisky Magazine Issue 114
Glencadam Distillery, George Dickel, Three Ships, Icons of Whisky America.
Published September 2013.
Whisky Magazine Issue 113
World Whiskies Special, Tormore Distillery, Dallas City Guide.
Published July 2013.
Whisky Magazine Issue 109
African Adventure | Caribbean Smuggling | San Francisco.
Published February 2013.
Whisky Magazine Issue 108
Johnnie Walker - Lagavulin Distillery - Suntory.
Published December 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 107
Movies & Moonshine - Junior Johnson - Bushmills Cask Guitars.
Published October 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 106
Independent Bottlers' Challenge 2012 - Islay - Drinkers Guide Edinburgh.
Published September 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 105
USA Special Edition: Kentucky, Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Rodeo Whisky.
Published July 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 104
The Macallan, Alternative Grains, Adnams & much more....
Published June 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 102
Photo Challenge 2012 winners revealed - Ireland spotlight - Bruichladdich Distillery.
Published March 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 101
Whisky families, Mackmyra, Buffalo Trace, A drinker's guide to London and much more....
Published February 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 98
Icons of whisky Scotland Winners unveiled - Independent Bottlers Challenge Results - Cameronbridge - Whisky Magazine Photographic Challenge 2011 and much more....
Published September 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 97
USA spotlight: Wild Turkey, New York, Jack Daniel's and Diageo and much more....
Published July 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 94
Photo challenge 2010 winners revealed - Dr Vijay Mallya - Midleton Distillery.
Published March 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 91
Music special part - Back to the seventies - Fettercairn and much more....
Published October 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 90
Music Special - Ailsa Bay - Independent Bottlers' Challenge and much more....
Published September 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 88
Benromach Distillery - Incense - Sherry Casks - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more....
Published June 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 87
Awards Edition - Best Whiskies in the World 2010.
Published April 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 85
Bourbon's Liquid Legend - Elmer T. Lee on 90 years of the American spirit - A drinker's tour of Louisville - Millstone distillery - The Lowlands & much more....
Published January 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 83
Exclusive - Diageo's Ambitious Project - Bladnoch - Manhattens in Manhatten - Whisky Islands - Blair Athol - Glenrothes - Macallan and much more....
Published October 2009.
Whisky Magazine Issue 82
Mull's drams - Journey's Blend - Lark's rise - Icons of Whisky Scotland - 11 Page Rum Special - Ardbeg - Laphroaig - Linkwood Bunnahabhain -and much more....
Published September 2009.
Whisky Magazine Issue 81
Evan Williams - Bushmills - Highland Park - Auchentoshan - Bowmore - Mackmyra - Glen Scotia and much more....
Published July 2009.
Whisky Magazine Issue 80
Jim Beam - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston - Kentucky Guide and much more....
Published June 2009.
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 77
The Macallan - Richard Paterson - Diageo - Chieftain's - Edradour- Glenmorangie - SMWS & much more....
Published January 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 74
The Ardbeg Story - Glentauchers - New Orlean Cocktails - Rum Special - Caol Ila - Inverleven - Mackmyra - The Dalmore - Benriach - Cragganmore - Tomatin and much more....
Published September 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 73
Beautiful Bourbon - Highland Park hits 40 - Balblair - Glenrothes - Tobermory - Auld Reeke - Prince Charles - Caol Ila - Glenmorangie and much more....
Published July 2008.
Whisky Magazine Issue 72
The Dalmore - Forest to Flask - The Whisky Boom - Four Roses - Auchentoshan - Glen Grant - AnCnoc and much more.....
Published June 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 66
How glass affects your taste - Rise of small stills - Tamnavulin - Woodford Reserve - Jura - Ardbeg Dinner - Michael Jackson - Bunnahabhain.
Published September 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 65
Rye rebound - Blood Brothers - Teacher's - Americas whisky heartland - 50 Whiskies tasted - Barbecues - George Dickel - Woman in whisky - Benromach - Bruichladdich - Longmorn - Tullibardine.
Published July 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 60
Praban na Linne - Grain production - Marmalade - Laphroaig - Cocktail time - Whisky Islands - New Zealand illicit stills - Hokonui - Compass Box - Old Pulteney - Dewar Rattray.
Published November 2006.
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 58
Independent Bottlers Challenge - Setting up your own distillery - World of the whisky ambassador - Royal Lochnagar - Guide to Ireland - Goat Fell - Distillery Ghosts - Canadian Blends.
Published August 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 56
Scotland's Lowlands - Shake it up - China and India - Glengoyne - Indian food - Highlander Inn - Japanese Tastings.
Published June 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 55
Abraham Lincoln - Up in smoke - Scotch on the rocks - Kentucky visitors' guide - Deanston - Islay and Jura - The Whisky Shop.
Published April 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 53
On the roll - How malt made social gambling cool - Visiting Speyside - Isle of Jura - Auchentoshan - George Washington - Russia's whisky elite - Lowland malts tasted.
Published January 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 50
50 Leading whisky quotes - 50 Top independently bottled whiskies - 50 Great drinking occasions - Aberfeldy - Bulleit bourbon - The effects of peat - Whisky and global warming..
Published September 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 49
Kentucky Bourbon - Glasgow Scotland's whisky city - A world of whisky tasting from across the globe - How to be nosey - Lagavulin - Heaven Hill - Cragganmore - The art of blending - Liqueurs.
Published July 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 48
Highland Park - Whisky Cocktails - Jack Daniel's barbecue challenge - Happy Birthday Johnnie Walker - Bruichladdich - Best whisky websites - Aberfeldy.
Published June 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 47
Celebrating Speyside - New Island Distilleries - Best Distillery tours - Islay Festival - Whisky and Cigar Challenge - Forty Creek - Whisky liqueurs.
Published April 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 44
Celtic Cousins - Whisky from Wales, Cornwall and Brittany - Balblair Distillery - Blended whisky tasting - Chicago bars - Amber restaurant.
Published November 2004.
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 42
State of Independence - The Macallan new expressions - Girvan - Bushmills - Innovation from Laphroaig - Widder Bar - The Wee Dram.
Published September 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 41
50 Years of Maker's Mark - Yamazaki - Aged Bourbon Tasting - Fake Whisky update - Islay Walks - Paul Rankin - Scapa.
Published July 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 40
Whisky in Greece - How whiskey fuelled the Blues - Speyside Festival - Whisky and Coffee - Special Japanese Tastings.
Published June 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 39
Cask strength Islay tasting - Longmorn - Classic malts cruise - Delilah's.
Published May 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 38
Icons of Whisky - Jerez - New York's Dale DeGroff - Old Whiskies : special Tasting.
Published April 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 37
Bill Murray - Whisky Live - Bourbon Collecting - Ice Cream - Whisky in Russia.
Published February 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 36
5th Birthday Issue - Monarch of the Glen - Glenrothes.
Published December 2003.
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 33
Whisky Galore - Royal Brackla - Cocktails - Burn Stewart - Chil Filtering.
Published September 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 32
Brian Cox - Whisky down under - Silent Stills - Speyside Festival.
Published July 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 31
Desert Island Drams - Whisky Cons - Liqueurs - Whisky & cigars.
Published June 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 30
Best whiskies in the world - The whisky academy - Pronounciation.
Published April 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 29
James Bond - Cooley Distillery - Indian Whisky - Festival Reviews.
Published March 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 28
Berlin bars - William Teacher - Auchentoshan - Delme Evans.
Published January 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 27
Andrew Usher - Amateur Blender - Bunnahabhain - Speyside Tasting.
Published November 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 26
Independent Bottlers - David Stewart - Buffalo Trace - Japanese Whiskies.
Published October 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 25
Whisky and humour - John Glaser - Cragganmore - Grain whisky tasting.
Published August 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 24
The world of whisky - Max Shapira - Glenfarclas - New world whisky tasting.
Published July 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 23
Iain Henderson - Ben Nevis - Eau-de-vie stills - Moonshine - Vatted Malts tasting.
Published June 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 22
Festival Previews - Collecting - Forsyth's - Caramel - 12 year olds tasting.
Published May 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 21
Whisky and art - Buying a cask - Brian Morrison - Rye Tasting.
Published February 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 20
Whisky & Literature - Glengoyne - Vintage Malts - Canadian Tasting.
Published December 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 19
Jimmy Russell - Japanese Whisky - Illicit Distilling - Bourbon Tasting.
Published November 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 18
Whisky & Cigars - Islay Whisky Festival - Glenmorangie.
Published September 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 17
Richard Paterson art of blending - Cadenhead - The Speyside Way.
Published July 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 16
Best of the Best 2001 - How to taste - Glenfiddich.
Published June 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 13
Jim McEwan - Booker Noe - Ultimate Macallan Tasting - Aberlour Distillery.
Published December 2000.
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.
Whisky Magazine Issue 10
Small batch bourbon - The Glenlivet - Grain Whisky - Focus on Canada.
Published June 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 9
Best selling blends - Irish Special - White Horse - Wild Turkey.
Published April 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 7
Millenuim Tasting - Economics of Wood - Dalmore - Bourbon uncoverd.
Published December 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 6
Isaly tasting - Travels in Speyside & Kentucky - Talisker - Bourbon uncovered.
Published October 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 2
What's it worth - Macallan - Johnnie Walker.
Published March 1999.
AnCnoc 35 years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.30% 9 Superb balance and aromatic intensity. Exemplary old whisky.
AnCnoc Peter Arkle
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Sadly unbalanced.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Decent enough.
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Once in the mouth things start to happen but a little too restrained.
BenRiach Authenticus 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A long, complex and harmonious run of flavour. Excellent.
BenRiach Solstice 17 Years Old Batch 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A balance struck between spirit and oak(s). It shouldn't work, but it does.
Bowmore Small Batch Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Strangely demanding as you try to extract what is there.
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Discreet, subtle and pure with great balance for one so young - and marked accordingly.
Bruichladdich Octomore Comus 4.2 2007
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 7 Though hot, go easy on the water.
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 9 2001
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 7 Another to have with minimal dilution. Peat freaks will lap it up.
Bruichladdich The Organic
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Good to have samples from The Laddie again and showing it is clearly in fine form.
Clan Denny Port Dundas 1978 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60% 8 A belter of a grain with typical Port Dundas funkiness.
Clan Denny Speyside Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 I've no idea how you can distil a garden shed, but they've done it. Highly evocative - if weird.
Dimensions Mortlach 1989 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10% 7 A good example of mature Mortlach character without the close attentions of oak.
Double Barrel Mortlach/Laphroaig
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lovely tussle between the two elements. A lot of fun.
Four Roses Small Batch 2012
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 55.70% 8 Great balance. Bold but with finesse. Very Four Roses in fact.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Though clearly still coming together, this is a marker of real quality.
Glenury Royal 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 8 Yes there's oak but it's old! It is also beautifully balanced.
Johnnie Walker Platinum 18 years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Though I miss Gold at this age statement this is a worthy replacement with a little more overt Walker characteristics: smoke and a sherried grip.
Mackmyra Moment Rimfrost
Single Malt - Sweden - 53.20% 7 Delicate but charming with good intensity. It's often unfair to put this very carefully thought out character in a line-up with bolder flavours, but with patience you begin to understand. This isn't S...
Mackmyra Special:07 Hope
Single Malt - Sweden - 45.80% 8 This shows how well Mackmyra has developed. No need to hope, the point has been proved.
Sullivans Cove American Oak 11 Years old
Single Malt - Australia - 47.50% 7 For maximum impact have neat.
Sullivans Cove French Oak 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Australia - 47.50% 7 Just slightly too much wood for me.
Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 A drop in strength from the Special Release expressions but a massive upping in complexity. An instant classic.
Talisker 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 8 Great age but a little grippy. Undoubtedly a great dram but not a patch on the 25 Years Old.
The Glenlivet Guardians Single Cask 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 Quite restrained but with real elegance and charm.
The Octave Linkwood 1991 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.90% 8 A big Linkwood, but clearly from there.
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 You wonder what's coming next... the Black Spot? The Clear Spot?
AnCnoc Vintage 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A truly lovely summery dram whose substantial chunkiness in the middle of the tongue lifts it out of the ordinary.
Balcones Brimstone Corn Whiskey
Non Bourbon - U.S.A. - 61.00% 6 For some reason I keep thinking of Gram Parson's immolation at Joshua Tree.
Balcones Texas Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 51.00% 7 Clearly a lovely distillate. Hope to see it slightly older and more integrated.
BenRiach Septemdicem 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Another fine smoked Benriach.
Bowmore 100 Proof
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Well balanced and sweet.
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Balanced and fine.
Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter
Blended - Scotland - 46.50% 8 A bigger Cutty than you might expect but the purity of character links it to the family. Weel (sic) done!