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Buying whisky at 33,000 feet
September 2015, Issue 130, page 78
The Flybuy Zone
The explosion in Global Travel Retail, especially ‘Exclusives'
September 2015, Issue 130, page 48
What's Your Flavour
From vanilla to hazelnuts, the choice is varied
July 2015, Issue 129, page 102
The Johnnie Walker show marches on
June 2015, Issue 128, page 78
Duty Free Show
IAADFS shows US travellers what they're missing
April 2015, Issue 127, page 78
Neglected distilleries coming to the fore
March 2015, Issue 126, page 78
Fine Wines and Spirits from DFS
Joe showcases some rare whiskies available at Changi airport
January 2015, Issue 125, page 78
Tax free bonanza
Joe heads down to Cannes and highlights some absolute stonkers
December 2014, Issue 124, page 78
What's in a Name?
Diageo and The Explorers' Club Collection
October 2014, Issue 123, page 78
World of Whiskies
What's in store at Terminal 5
September 2014, Issue 122, page 78
It's All in the Numbers
Where to find that elusive blend and single malt
July 2014, Issue 121, page 102
The Glenlivet & the bootmaker
The launch of Nàdurra Oloroso
June 2014, Issue 120, page 78
Traveller only club
Bowmore refreshes their travel retail range
April 2014, Issue 119, page 78
Our man takes to the high seas for check out the latest offerings
February 2014, Issue 117, page 78
A whisky treasure trove
A report from the the duty free event of the year
December 2013, Issue 116, page 78
Three strong launch
Glenfiddich rolls out new whiskies for the travel retail shopper
October 2013, Issue 115, page 78
?Grouse shows its older colours
September 2013, Issue 114, page 78
From the crease to the stillroom
Like many a Yorkshire lad Andy Watts grew up in the 1960s and 70s dreaming of becoming a professional cricketer. He had the talent as a batsman and medium-pace bowler to make those dreams a reality, p...
September 2013, Issue 114, page 20
We find out more about launches at the recent Asia Pacific exhibition
June 2013, Issue 112, page 78
New Le Clos store enhances Dubai airport's fine spirits reputation.
April 2013, Issue 111, page 78
Cork airport unveils its own Irish Whiskey Collection Joe Bates reports
March 2013, Issue 110, page 28
Joe Bates follows a bottle of Glenfiddich to Edinburgh
February 2013, Issue 109, page 38
Thanks for the Memory
Joe Bates heads out to Cannes
December 2012, Issue 108, page 38
Leaving Las Vegas
Joe Bates heads to the bright lights of this big city
October 2012, Issue 107, page 39
Find Whisky Heaven on Earth
Joe bates heads to Schiphol to see what's on offer
September 2012, Issue 106, page 35
A Regal Location
Joes Bates looks at a sparking travel-retail whisky collection
July 2012, Issue 105, page 38
Jim Beam 1795
Bourbon has never been more than a minor blip on the radar for duty-free buyers, but a bit of momentum is now building up behind the category with market leader Jim Beam stepping up its investment in ...
July 2012, Issue 105, page 38
The Macallan 1824 Collection Limited Release MMXII
A new travel-retail exclusive from the likes of The Macallan is always a welcome development and this new ultra-premium release is no exception. The Macallan 1824 Collection Limited Release MMXII is ...
July 2012, Issue 105, page 38
Joe Bates looks at what's happening in the Asian market
June 2012, Issue 104, page 37
Joe Bates gets press ganged onto the Viking Line
April 2012, Issue 103, page 30
Joe Bates goes back to the spiritual home of the duty-free sector
February 2012, Issue 101, page 39
Joe Bates finds that rising sales boasts morale in Cannes.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 41
Joe Bates finds out how Switzerland embraces arrivals duty-free
July 2011, Issue 97, page 45
Joe Bates finds shopping at Budapest airport plays to a new tune
April 2011, Issue 95, page 33
Joe Bates looks at why Dubai is aiming for the duty free title
March 2011, Issue 94, page 33
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 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 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 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 97
USA spotlight: Wild Turkey, New York, Jack Daniel's and Diageo and much more....
Published July 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.
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.
Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Rounded, confident and complex. Old Glenrothes in top form.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Blended Malt - Japan - 43.00% 8 Diverse aroma and flavour characteristics are intertwined in a manner typical of a fine Japanese whisky.
Highland Park Einar
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Nicely balanced, not overly complex.
Highland Park Harald
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Getting close to what we expect our Highland Parks to be.
Highland Park Ragnvald
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60% 9 Nicely balanced and complex. Classic Highland Park and the pick of the Warrior pack.
Highland Park Sigurd
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Clear evidence of a higher proportion of Spanish oak-matured spirit here.
Highland Park Svein
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Quite an easy-drinking, relatively lightweight Highland Park.
Highland Park Thorfinn
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.10% 8 A lovely old Highland Park, but a bit hard on the wallet.
Jim Beam Kentucky Dram
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00% 6 A curious beast! The name suggests a fusion of Bourbon and Scotch. Interesting idea in theory!
Laphroaig 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Comments: Ticks all the ‘true' Laphroaig boxes, but doesn't match this year's revived 15 Years Old for overall excellence which is a pity.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Straightforward, easy-drinking Glenlivet at a fair price.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Another interesting and more complex departure from the ‘standard' Master Distiller's Reserve, but not sure it's worth twice the price of the Solera Vatted expression.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Solera Vatted
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Master Distiller's Reserve takes a new and attractive direction.