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 Maverick Distillery
Pushing the boundaries at Bruichladdich
October 2016, Issue 139, page 26
Q & A
John Campbell explains the story behind Laphroaig Lore
June 2016, Issue 136, page 48
Scotch in the Pipeline
The boom in demand gathers pace
June 2016, Issue 136, page 23
Tobermory the Survivor
A 'Safe Haven' for Distell International
June 2016, Issue 136, page 51
SPEYSIDE: In the True Speyside Spirit
The Speyside Whisky Festival runs from 28 April through to 2 May 2016
April 2016, Issue 135, page 37
SPEYSIDE: Speyside Shorts
What else is going on at the festival
April 2016, Issue 135, page 44
The Power House
The 'Northern' Highland distilleries
March 2016, Issue 134, page 24
Where the Land Meets the Sea
The Arbikie Highland Estate
March 2016, Issue 134, page 39
A Highland Queen
A Custodian Collection from Tullibardine
January 2016, Issue 133, page 29
In the Parish of Peats
Experience 'The Time Capsule'at Balblair
December 2015, Issue 132, page 41
An Imperial Solution
The state-of-the-art Dalmunach Distillery
October 2015, Issue 131, page 17
Gavin takes us on a tour of the Western Isles
October 2015, Issue 131, page 34
A Still Called Annie
The spirit starts to flow in Glasgow
September 2015, Issue 130, page 19
The Southern Highlands
Gavin D. Smith embarks on a whisky trail through Perth and its environs
September 2015, Issue 130, page 14
In the Fiefdom of Fife
Let the spirit flow at Kingsbarns and Eden Mill
July 2015, Issue 129, page 19
The Myth, The Mafia and The Magic
Edradour, one of the last ‘farm distilleries'
July 2015, Issue 129, page 34
Laphroaig: It's All About The Peat
Laphroaig ‘medicinal malts' or ‘damp dog and tree bark' – opinions vary
June 2015, Issue 128, page 52
Washbacks and Mashtuns
The noble art of vessel making
April 2015, Issue 127, page 51
Whisky Making at Altitude
Allt-á-Bhainne and Braeval's contribution to some of the world's best-selling blends
April 2015, Issue 127, page 49
The Lowland Distilleries
The comeback boys
March 2015, Issue 126, page 28
Tomatin: The Sleeping Giant
Single malt unleashed at Tomatin
March 2015, Issue 126, page 54
Whisky's Backroom Boys
The testing results at Tatlock & Thomson
March 2015, Issue 126, page 38
The Lakes Distillery: Cumbria's Sprinkling Tarn
It's full spirit ahead for the Lakes Distillery
January 2015, Issue 125, page 38
Ardbeg and its journey through space
December 2014, Issue 124, page 40
Dewar's World of Whisky
Times are a changing for these centuries old distilleries
October 2014, Issue 123, page 32
Glen Grant and the Italian Influence
Gavin interviews Dennis Malcolm, born on site in 1946 and still very much involved
September 2014, Issue 122, page 26
Where connoisseurs can enjoy a distillery experience
September 2014, Issue 122, page 46
Long Lost Revival
Originally closed in 1921 and now on the verge of reopening
July 2014, Issue 121, page 22
A Rich Heritage
Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery
March 2014, Issue 118, page 30
More casks are required
March 2014, Issue 118, page 26
Expanding the niche
The art of creating something a little different
February 2014, Issue 117, page 40
A point of difference
Out man visits the hear of Whyte and Mackay's grain supply
December 2013, Issue 116, page 38
We discover a hive of innovation in Speyside
October 2013, Issue 115, page 44
The extent to which single malt Scotch whisky is a creature of its environment is the subject of lengthy, on-going debate. Many people even doubt the existence of ‘whisky terroir,' noting that malti...
September 2013, Issue 114, page 34
The last stills of Brechin
Of all the many pieces of legislation that have served to stimulate or supress the Scotch whisky trade, none has been more influential than the 1824 Excise Act, which made legal distillation more lucr...
September 2013, Issue 114, page 42
Whisky Magazine Issue 139
A visit to Japan's Fuji Gotemba Distillery, Global Travel Retail special, a tour of US visitor centres, plus Icons of Whisky Rest of World results.
Published October 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 136
Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory.
Published June 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 135
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Japanese craft whisky, Sedgwick, Kentucky Peerless.
Published April 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 134
AWARDS SPECIAL: The Best Whiskies in the World, Icons of Whisky Global and the Hall of Fame..
Published March 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 133
The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery.
Published January 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 132
Japan Whisky In Harmony, Balblair Distillery, Beam Suntory, Tomatin Distillery.
Published December 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 131
The Hebridean Archipelago, Dalmunach, Four Roses, New Orleans Bars .
Published October 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 130
Global Travel Retail, Coppersmiths, Favourite Blends, Texas Whiskey.
Published September 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 129
American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany.
Published July 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 128
Crown Royal, Netherlands, Laphroaig, Photo Challenge 2015.
Published June 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.
Published April 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 126
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special.
Published March 2015.
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
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.
Whisky Magazine Issue 122
Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant.
Published September 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 121
Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses.
Published July 2014.
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 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....
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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....
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Whisky Magazine Issue 73
Beautiful Bourbon - Highland Park hits 40 - Balblair - Glenrothes - Tobermory - Auld Reeke - Prince Charles - Caol Ila - Glenmorangie and much more....
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Whisky Magazine Issue 72
The Dalmore - Forest to Flask - The Whisky Boom - Four Roses - Auchentoshan - Glen Grant - AnCnoc and much more.....
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Best Whiskies in the World 2008 - Wonderful wood - Old Bourbon - Lost Distilleries - Travel Retail - Tastings Grain Whisky and much more....
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Whisky Magazine Issue 70
Icons of Whisky 2008 - Speyside Treasures - Silent Season - Tour de France - Ireland Guide - Littlemill - Dalmore - Ardmore ... and more.
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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....
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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....
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Whisky Magazine Issue 62
Macallan Oak - Cask Strength - Canadian Whisky - Pagodas - Rankin on Rebus - Icons of Whisky 2007 - Ledaig - Glen Grant - Glenmorangie.
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Whisky Magazine Issue 43
The World's best blended whisky - Jim McEwans's Whisky Academy - Irish whiskey tastings - Christmas indulgences.
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50 Years of Maker's Mark - Yamazaki - Aged Bourbon Tasting - Fake Whisky update - Islay Walks - Paul Rankin - Scapa.
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Whisky in Greece - How whiskey fuelled the Blues - Speyside Festival - Whisky and Coffee - Special Japanese Tastings.
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Whisky Magazine Issue 39
Cask strength Islay tasting - Longmorn - Classic malts cruise - Delilah's.
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5th Birthday Issue - Monarch of the Glen - Glenrothes.
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Sean Connery - East meets West - Irish Coffee - Whisky and sushi.
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Whisky Galore - Royal Brackla - Cocktails - Burn Stewart - Chil Filtering.
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Desert Island Drams - Whisky Cons - Liqueurs - Whisky & cigars.
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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.
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Whisky Magazine Issue 27
Andrew Usher - Amateur Blender - Bunnahabhain - Speyside Tasting.
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Whisky Magazine Issue 25
Whisky and humour - John Glaser - Cragganmore - Grain whisky tasting.
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Whisky and art - Buying a cask - Brian Morrison - Rye Tasting.
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Jimmy Russell - Japanese Whisky - Illicit Distilling - Bourbon Tasting.
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Richard Paterson art of blending - Cadenhead - The Speyside Way.
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Women and Whisky - Old Pulteney - Vintage Malts - Brown Forman.
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By Royal Appointment - Jack Daniel's - Highland Park - Highland Malts.
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Highland Malts Tasting - Lagavulin - Buffalo Trace - Cigars - Fishing.
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Small batch bourbon - The Glenlivet - Grain Whisky - Focus on Canada.
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anCnoc Black Hill Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Don't let this whisky's pale straw colour deceive – this is a lively, assertive, fresh-tasting dram whose flavours linger pleasingly on the palate.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Definitely not a smoke bomb this whisky, but a drop or two of water might be appreciated by some to tame the relatively high strength.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A real tropical fruit bomb of a whisky. Lots to like and savour here if you like things on the sweeter side.
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 8 At 51.5% ABV a drop or two of water is needed to open up and soften what is otherwise quite a full-on whisky.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 All in all very moreish whisky with some oaky bite adding a bit of oomph. Really rather good.
Glenmorangie The Duthac
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A fruity sherry-style whisky with plenty of depth to recommend it in my book.
Glenmorangie The Tarlogan
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Difficult to say no to. An attractively smooth, complex whisky that keeps you coming back for more.
Glenmorangie The Tayne
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A delicate nose for sure, but then powerful, rich and elegant on the palate. Definitely one to take your time over.
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 7 A solid, drinkable, everyday whiskey, lacking a little complexity, but very acceptable.
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 7 A curious beast this one – the odd nose belies an attractively smooth tasting whiskey with some very interesting flavours.
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 7 A well-balanced, elegant whiskey which delivers a good balance of sweet and spice.
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 If you a like a sherried style of whisky this one is definitely for you. Complex, rich and beautifully mature.
Signature Deluxe Blend
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A bold, mature whisky with an intriguing nose and woody flavour. A good match for a plate of smoked salmon.
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A little underwhelming. The flavours feel a bit muddled and undeveloped and the relatively high strength delivers a burn which needs taming.
Loch Lomond 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Something of a hot firecracker of a whisky. Interestingly, the addition of water ramps up the smokiness on both the nose and palate
The Dalmore Dominium
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Too sweet for some perhaps, but those with a liking for sherry-influenced whiskies will find a lot to like here
The Dalmore Luceo
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A complex, mature whisky with lots of depth and richness. One to savour and take time to enjoy — a perfect dram to enjoy with friends while putting the world to rights.
The Dalmore Regalis
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Not too much to get the pulses racing here. A perfectly acceptable straightforward dram, but perhaps lacking a bit of character and depth.
The Dalmore Valour
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A proper comfort blanket of a whisky this one. One to enjoy on a winter evening in front of a fire; sweet and rich with a hint of spice.
Tomatin 15 Years Old American Oak Casks
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A drop of water helps soften up this quite high strength whisky, making it more mellow and approachable.
Tomatin 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Delightfully, intense whisky that delights and surprises at every turn. It has real depth and character. A bottle of this wouldn't last long in my house.
Tomatin 8 Years Old Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 What to make of this oddball? Some rather contrasting, complex flavours that strangely hang together rather well. One to ponder and enjoy.
Aberfeldy 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Aberfeldy handles sherry and age well. A fine example, but a shame this is bottled at 40% ABV.
Ardmore Triple Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A very drinkable peated Highlander. Good to see Ardmore's unique take on peated whiskies is gaining a much greater exposure.
Auchentoshan Blood Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A very interesting and individualistic expression of Auchentoshan. Takes a drop of water well.
Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Classic American oak-matured Bablair. Lack of chill-filtration and enhanced ABV really suit the brand.
Balblair 2004 Sherry Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 We tend to think that Balblair's spirit character is best suited by ex-Bourbon barrels, but this is a good example of how well it handles sherry wood, too.
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Bunnahabhain as a ‘mainstream' Islay! Not overly complex, but a very decent, sturdy dram.
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 7 The nose suggests youth, but this is somewhat compensated for by a more pleasing palate
Chivas Regal Extra
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The first NAS Chivas Regal, and with a greater emphasis on sherry wood than usual. A valuable addition to the line-up.
Craigellachie 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Intriguing combination of aromas and flavours. Good to see a producer introducing a whisky with such an advanced age statement into Travel Retail.
Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70% 7 A confident, well-rounded cask strength expression from an often underrated distillery.
Glenfarclas 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Not a ‘sherry bomb' Glenfarclas by any means. Quite complex, but the finish is a little drier than might be expected.
Glenrothes Elder's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Soft and rounded – a step up from Manse Reserve in being very nearly the complete article.
Glenrothes Manse Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Quite light on the palate; a very pleasant dram.