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Whisky Magazine writer - Joel Harrison

Issue 124 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 124

David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus



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Joel Harrison

It's all Academic
Back to the classroom at The Irish Whiskey Academy

October 2014, Issue 123, page 25

The Blender Without Portfolio
Craft blenders...a disappearing art?

September 2014, Issue 122, page 35

Bespoke Blending
Can you blend it with the best

July 2014, Issue 121, page 38

The Michelin Star
One of the world's greatest chefs talks about his malt journey

December 2013, Issue 116, page 54

The end of a long drive
Despite the distance, a trip to west coast can be very rewarding

October 2013, Issue 115, page 48

Boxing Clever
Joel Harrison explores the creation of a new blend.

March 2013, Issue 110, page 31

Every Day is a School Day
Joel Harrison quenches his thirst for whisky education

December 2012, Issue 108, page 26

Global Gifts
The term ‘blue sky thinking' could not be more apt than when used about travel retail

December 2012, Issue 108, page 13

The Heart of the Matter
Joel Harrison explores the iconic whisky making region

October 2012, Issue 107, page 42

Welcoming a Weary Traveller
Joel Harrisongoes in search of a few bars in the Speyside region that offer some of the best hospitality and drams

October 2012, Issue 107, page 46

A Kaleidoscope of Aromas
Joel Harrison takes a pilgrimage to the isle of peat and wonder

September 2012, Issue 106, page 36

Family Values
Joel Harrison talks to two generations about life in the whiskey world

September 2012, Issue 106, page 22

The Dream Ticket
Joel Harrisontalks to Gillian Macdonald about her new role as whisky creator with the Glenmorangie Company

June 2012, Issue 104, page 50

No Laughing Matter
Joel Harrison is a drinks writer who regularly contributes to Whisky Magazine and other publications, including The Wall Street Journal India. A judge on the World Whisky, IWSC and Spirit Masters Aw...

March 2012, Issue 102, page 13

A Meeting of Minds
Joel Harrison heads to Leeds to check out an excellent food and whisky menu.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 56

Suited & Booted
Singer songwriter KT Tunstall is a passionate Scot who enjoys a whisky. Joel Harrison caught up with her

October 2010, Issue 91, page 14

You don't flask, you don't get
You'll find the hip flask in every distillery across the world. How did such a simple and practical item become the midfield general of the gift shop. Joel Harrison reports.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 46

Whisky Magazine Issue 123

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America.

Published October 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Whisky Magazine Issue 122
Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant.

Published September 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

Whisky Magazine Issue 121
Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses.

Published July 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 116

Whisky Magazine Issue 116
Invergordon, Icons of Whisky Scotland, Japan Focus.

Published December 2013.

Whisky Magazine Issue 115

Whisky Magazine Issue 115
Black Velvet Distillery, Travelling in Alberta, Glen Keith Distillery and Masters of Photography.

Published October 2013.

Whisky Magazine Issue 110

Whisky Magazine Issue 110
World Whiskies Awards edition 2013.

Published March 2013.

Whisky Magazine Issue 108

Whisky Magazine Issue 108
Johnnie Walker - Lagavulin Distillery - Suntory.

Published December 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 107

Whisky Magazine Issue 107
Movies & Moonshine - Junior Johnson - Bushmills Cask Guitars.

Published October 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 106

Whisky Magazine Issue 106
Independent Bottlers' Challenge 2012 - Islay - Drinkers Guide Edinburgh.

Published September 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 104

Whisky Magazine Issue 104
The Macallan, Alternative Grains, Adnams & much more....

Published June 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 102

Whisky Magazine Issue 102
Photo Challenge 2012 winners revealed - Ireland spotlight - Bruichladdich Distillery.

Published March 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 99

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 91

Whisky Magazine Issue 91
Music special part - Back to the seventies - Fettercairn and much more....

Published October 2010.

Whisky Magazine Issue 88

Whisky Magazine Issue 88
Benromach Distillery - Incense - Sherry Casks - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more....

Published June 2010.

Abraham Bowman Double Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 So the palate doesn't quite have the complexity of the nose. But it's a minor quibble!

Armorik Single Malt Whisky Breton Double Maturation
Single Malt - France - 46.00%
8 A pleasant enough dram. I could have done with a little more intensity.

Bowmore Laimrig
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70%
7 Great nose, but downhill from there for me.

Breizh Whisky Whisky Breton Blended Single Distillerie
Blended - France - 42.00%
8 If only the palate had a little more intensity, then it would have scored a lot higher.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 12 Years Old Bourbon From Floor #1
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 As I was tasting this I scribbled – must be Eagle Rare 10 Years Old. Is it?

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 12 Years Old Bourbon From Floor #5
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 The clarity of the rye is absolutely stunning. If it turns out that there's no rye here then I'm a Dutchman!

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Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 12 Years Old Bourbon From Floor #9
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Maybe a little on the bitter side for some but I loved it!

Colonel E. H. Taylor Straight Kentucky Rye Whisky
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 What can you say? Classy. I'd buy it for the finish alone!

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Glen Garioch Single Malt Scotch Vintage 1998 Wine Cask Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Superb nose but a very tannic palate.

Master of Malt 10 Years Old 1st Edition
Blended - Scotland - 47.50%
8 It lost a few points due to its simplistic palate but apart from that it was very enjoyable.

Single Malts of Scotland Clynelish 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
8 Unbalanced and too alcoholic. Falls apart with water.

Single Malts of Scotland Glen Grant 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 I think this could have done with more time in the cask.

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Single Malts of Scotland Glenrothes 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40%
8 A pleasant, summery, aperitif dram.

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Single Malts of Scotland Longmorn 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.70%
8 Whisky and dark chocolate, a great combination, especially in the same glass!

Single Malts of Scotland Tobermory 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
8 My only quibble is that it's a bit dry on the finish. Best with a drop of water.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 Batch 1
Blended - Scotland - 50.30%
9 Stunning stuff! Intense and spicy. If this isn't whisky of the month I'll eat my shorts!

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bruichladdich Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
8 Dilution does it no favours!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Blended Whisky Company The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 5
Blended - Scotland - 50.40%
8 Is this a 25 year old grain whisky? It certainly feels like one. Very impressive.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The English Whisky Company Chapter 13
Single Malt - England - 45.00%
8 Beautifully mature and elegant.

The English Whisky Company Chapter 7
Single Malt - England - 46.00%
7 I could have done with a little less oak on the palate.

The English Whisky Company Distiller's Elect
Single Malt - England - 46.00%
8 Far too much oak. The spirit never stood a chance

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Abbey Whisky Ben Nevis, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 This is the Rolling Stones of whisky; nothing without the wood turned up loud! A very well aged liquid which is big and fruity once the air gets to it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Auriverdes
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90%
8 Some people make peaty whisky, others try to. On this offering, these guys are the former, not the latter.

Bowen's Whiskey Small Batch, Handcrafted American Whiskey
Non Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Despite being quaffable, this seems like a work in progress, which needs a little more time in the cask to allow the spirit to balance out a touch more.

Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 25 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 42.00%
8 Leaves the taste of a handful of Jelly Belly jelly beans in the mouth.

Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 30 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 42.00%
7 Oddly balanced, I can't work out if I'd mix this or drink it neat. The latter shouts louder, but only just.

Girvan Patent Still Single Grain No.4 Apps
Single Grain - Scotland - 42.00%
8 Perfect to be making a long drink with. Pass me the ice, slice and soda. Not one for nosing and cradling, but for pouring, mixing and quaffing!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glendronach Special Cask,1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10%
8 Probably a little too long in cask, but if seriously mature whisky is your bag, you'll love this.

Glenglassaugh Torfa
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 A warm peaty dram for a wet spring evening.

Jack Daniel's Resed Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 Cunningly released at the same time as the new Coldplay album, this is easy drinking to compliment easy listening.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Master of Malt Speyside 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.20%
9 Flavours like these are the reason wood maturation was invented. Excellent stuff.

Reference Series Reference Series I
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50%
7 Like a smoked margarita.

Reference Series Reference Series II
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50%
8 Nice and rich, but (like us all) it could be richer.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Reference Series Reference Series III
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50%
8 Warm waffles drizzled in runny honey. Excellent stuff.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
8 An easy drinking peaty offering which could lead to an empty bottle pretty quickly.



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