A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
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Smoke and Phenolic Compounds
We look at peated malts and ask how they evolve during the ageing process
December 2016, Issue 140, page 48
The Art of Blending
The combination of malt and grain whiskies
September 2016, Issue 138, page 14
Selecting the right casks for blending
July 2016, Issue 137, page 48
Grain Whisky and its Ageing Process
How the flavour profile develops
June 2016, Issue 136, page 41
The Importance of the Cask
A growing range of casks are used for ageing – we ask what can they contribute to malt whisky?
April 2016, Issue 135, page 54
It's All About the Angle of the Lye Pipe
How significant is this length of pipework?
March 2016, Issue 134, page 50
A Flavour Profile
We look at the range of flavours malt whisky offers, and ask how they develop and interact
January 2016, Issue 133, page 38
Water, Water Everywhere
Water serves various purposes when producing Scotch malt whisky, but the use of water has conditions attached
December 2015, Issue 132, page 48
Atomic No. 29
The art and skills of the coppersmith
September 2015, Issue 130, page 25
It's all in the closure
April 2015, Issue 127, page 30
Copper Bottomed Solutions
Ian takes a detailed look at the workings of a pot still
January 2015, Issue 125, page 26
The Rye Flavour Profile
We look at the opportunities and challenges of distilling with rye
October 2014, Issue 123, page 28
Ageing Warehouses in Kentucky
We look at conditions within warehouses used to age bourbon
July 2014, Issue 121, page 42
The Mashman Commeth
A look at different types of mash tun and how each accomplishes the job of mashing
June 2014, Issue 120, page 38
Dunnage versus racking
We investigate the difference between these two methods of aging
April 2014, Issue 119, page 34
A third step
We investigate the process of triple distilling
February 2014, Issue 117, page 36
We investigate cork stoppers and their route to the bottle
December 2013, Issue 116, page 34
The copper factor
We look at what copper has to offer and the science behind it
October 2013, Issue 115, page 36
Malt whisky develops up to 70 per cent of its character during the aging process, due to a number of influences including oxidation (ie. the result of air passing in and out of the cask). This instiga...
September 2013, Issue 114, page 36
We investigate the process and the significance of milling
July 2013, Issue 113, page 48
Sizing up casks
We investigate the influence of different casks sizes when maturing malt whisky
June 2013, Issue 112, page 38
Ian Wisniewski asks what is the Speyside style of malt whisky?
March 2013, Issue 110, page 20
Style & Substance
Ian Wisniewskiasks, what is a pot still Irish whiskey and how does it differ from malt Irish whiskey?
February 2013, Issue 109, page 28
The Heat is On
Ian Wisniewskiasks how significant is the choice of heating method when distilling?
December 2012, Issue 108, page 30
Ian Wisniewskiis a freelance journalist writing about spirits, particularly malt whisky and vodka. He contributes to various publications, has written several books on spirits, and gives regular talks...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 13
The To Do List
Ian Wisniewski asks, what exactly does it take to open a distillery?
July 2012, Issue 105, page 28
Taking the Floor
Ian Wisniewski looks at the rise of commercial maltings, and how they compare to floor maltings
June 2012, Issue 104, page 30
Ian Wisniewski asks how much influence does an oak cask and ‘wood chemistry' have on the character of a malt whisky?
April 2012, Issue 103, page 28
Ian Wisniewski asks how are new barley varieties developed and what are the differences between them?
December 2011, Issue 100, page 38
Ian Wisniewski asks what are the options for a distiller when ordering a pot still, and what does the process entail?
October 2011, Issue 99, page 30
Give Grain a Chance
Ian Wisniewski asks how do different stages of the production process influence the character of grain whisky?
September 2011, Issue 98, page 24
Ian Wisniewski asks what is the Lincoln County process, and what influence does it have?
July 2011, Issue 97, page 26
Thoughts on Texture
Ian Wisniewski asks what gives a malt whisky its particular mouthfeel?
June 2011, Issue 96, page 34
Ian Wisniewski asks what is reflux, and what influence does this have?
April 2011, Issue 95, page 34
Cask Life and Fillings
Ian Wisniewski asks what do the terms first fill and second fill mean in relation to aging malt whisky?
March 2011, Issue 94, page 34
Whisky Magazine Issue 140
A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies.
Published December 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 138
A roundup of Canadian whisky and blends, Arran and Paul John Distillery Focus plus Australian whisky supplement.
Published September 2016.
Whisky Magazine Issue 137
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon.
Published July 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 130
Global Travel Retail, Coppersmiths, Favourite Blends, Texas Whiskey.
Published September 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.
Published April 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 123
The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America.
Published October 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 121
Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses.
Published July 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 120
The Flavour of Islay and Jura, The Sazerac Trail, London Bars Guide, Bruichladdich.
Published June 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 119
Glen Garioch, Urban Bourbon Trail, France Focus.
Published April 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 108
Johnnie Walker - Lagavulin Distillery - Suntory.
Published December 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 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 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 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.
Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1996
- Scotland - 46.00% 8 Judging by the colour (pale chardonnay),has obviously not gained from the cask. Has got all the phenolic spectrum but not much more,especially on the nose.
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A well-knitted dram,although suffering from being bottled at 40%.
Bruichladdich Berrys' Own Selection 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A summery whisky. Refreshing. Thirst-quenching.
Caol Ila Berrys' Own Selection 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80% 8 Another marine fellow. Straightforward,muscular but not assertive. Invigorating.
Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1995
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 A charming nose which is not fully delivered on the palate. But an excellent dram all together.
Clynelish Distillers Edition 1992
- Scotland - 46.00% 8 A delicate yet full of character dram. For a relaxing evening watching a documentary on English gardens.
Dun Bheagan Island Single Malt 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 An easygoing marine dram. Clean cut with a generous peat signature.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1991
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 Peat and iodine are not all. There's got to be texture and complexity. And this one has got it all.
MacLeods 8 Years Old Islands
- Scotland - 40.00% 8 A decent dram. Needs time to settle down and tone the oakiness on the nose down.
Oban Classic Malts Distillers Edition 1992
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 An appetizing dram like a dried fruit cake. Rich and malty. A drop of water will be enough to cheer it up. More knocks it down.
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A full bowl of stewed and dried fruit. For a breakfast treat?
Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An absolute cracker. Delicate, elegant. More than a golden promise. A gem delivery !
Old Pulteney 21 Years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A two times dram. Fruity sweetness followed by a dry spiciness. The two faces meet up on time.
Talisker 25 Years Old Special Release 2007
- Scotland - 25.00% 8 A well balanced dram. With a sweet profile.Has well aged.
Talisker 30 Years Old Special Release 2007
- Scotland - 50.70% 8 A well balanced and rich fellow. Water adds more layers .A beautiful aromatic voyage.
Talisker Classic Malts Distillers Edition 1993
- Scotland - 45.80% 7 Difficult to taste a Talisker blind ! The strength tells all (though Lagavulin played a trick in this tasting).The legendary pepperiness is a memory.
The Arran Malt Fino Sherry Cask 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 50.00% 7 The type of maturation has deeply influenced the malt. Elegant and rich but may be a bit too much… like Xmas pudding!
The Arran Malt Tokaji Cask 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 55.00% 7 A well-balanced dram though quite muscular. The palate is not as rich as the nose.
The Dalmore Berrys' Own Selection 1997
- Scotland - 46.00% 7 The grassy profile of this whisky is too much.
Cadenhead's Classic Range Campbeltown
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Seems simple at first, but gradually reveals subtleties. Stylish, teasing.
Auchentoshan 17 Years Old, Bordeaux Wine
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 The wine finish brings in sweetness and fruitiness but without masking the delicate grassiness and lightness of the Lowland style. A real cracker, perfect for a wake up call.
Benromach 21 Years Old, Old Tokaji Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Rather unbalanced. The nose is far more promising than the palate. What's the point of the finish?
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lots of flavour but restrained and well balanced. Very confident. If there is a Speyside style, surely this is it.
Bruichladdich Second Edition 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I seem to have fallen into a breakfast reverie. This would be best with a Japanese breakfast.
Celtique Connexion 1993 Monbazillac Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Quite a strong character. Uncompromising warmth. Good balanced. You need to like it hot to enjoy the dram.
Celtique Connexion Cadillac Wood Finish 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A whispering dram. Nothing wrong with that. You've just got to tune in to its delicacy. The character is full and complex. Dangerously enticing especially with a dash of water.
Celtique Connexion Vin de Paille du Jura Wood Finish 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A rich and comforting character. Complex but not complicated. To warm you up on a dull evening. Play Beethoven Symphony N°7 (second movement) and you'll be in heaven.
Chieftain's Choice Auchroisk Medoc
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A port finish? Rather brutal and overwhelming. Was the distillery character so bland?
Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90% 8 Not as elegant and complex as some in this flight, but the breakfast it evoked was hearty and delicious.
Glenmorangie Cote d'or Burgundy Wood Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A beautifully balanced Highlander. Serious, reliable, pleasantly displaying a good array of flavours. Maybe the wine cask has imparted more intensity.
James MacArthur The Glenrothes 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 7 Sophisticated flavours in a delicate structure. Like elaborate petits-fours.
Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 8 A deft, attractive, dram.
Rare Malts Glen Mhor 1976 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 7 A straight-ahead, fruity, creamy, Speysider.
Rare Malts Glendullan 1978 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50% 8 In the crush bar at the opera?
Royal Mile Whiskies Bowmore 1999, Young Peaty Islay
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50% 8 Bring on the kippers.