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Whisky Magazine writer - Joel Harrison

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Whisky Magazine Issue 153

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Joel Harrison

Cut to the Point
Kirsteen Campbell from The Famous Grouse

July 2016, Issue 137, page 30

Kentucky Pot Still Bourbon
Woodford Reserve bucks the trend

July 2016, Issue 137, page 102

Cut to the Point
Georgie Bell from Diageo

June 2016, Issue 136, page 44

Cut to the Point
Zak Shenfield from Strathearn Distillery

April 2016, Issue 135, page 46

The Water of Life
The spirit of friendship and the quality of Scotch

October 2015, Issue 131, page 20

The Spirit of Scotland
An overview of the Scotch whisky industry today

July 2015, Issue 129, page 28

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 137

Whisky Magazine Issue 137
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon.

Published July 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 136

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory.

Published June 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 135

Whisky Magazine Issue 135
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Japanese craft whisky, Sedgwick, Kentucky Peerless.

Published April 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 131

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
The Hebridean Archipelago, Dalmunach, Four Roses, New Orleans Bars .

Published October 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 129

Whisky Magazine Issue 129
American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany.

Published July 2015.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berry's Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1989, Glen Garioch, Cask #7856
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 If the palate was as exuberant as the nose then this would have been exceptional.

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Big Peat Limited Edition Christmas 2016
Blended Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 It appears to be a blend of peated malts. Could benefit from a little light and shade.

Glencadam 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A pleasant, unpretentious and straightforward Highland malt.

Glenfiddich Experimental Series #01 IPA Experiment
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 As much as I like American oak, it was too dominant on the palate for me.

Hyde Irish Whiskey Single Grain Burgundy Cask Finish
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
7 Pleasantly intense, although it sort of runs out of steam towards the end.

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Kinloch 35 Years Old Vintage Blend
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 You could say it's a one-dimensional sherry-heavy blend, but it has some lovely maturity.

Krucefix Whiskey
Single Grain - Slovenia - 40.00%
7 Definitely interesting. I can see Bourbon fans enjoying this.

Lombard Speyside 1988
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Straightforward but bracing and charming with plenty of Speyside character.

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Lombard Springbank 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Not your average Campbeltown malt. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Arran!

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Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 57.50%
9 A great dram to finish the evening.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Parker's Heritage Collection 24 Years Old Bourbon 10th Edition
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Now that's how I like my Bourbon, hard and spicy with no fat and flabby corn!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Smögen Wee Swede
Single Malt - Sweden - 62.50%
8 Intense and primal. Those Swedes have come up with a cracker again!

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Teeling Revival Volume II
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 Wonderfully vibrant and inviting, just like an Irish girl I once knew!

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company Carsebridge 52 Years Old Batch 1
Single Grain - Scotland - 40.50%
9 Perfectly balanced with poise and elegance. A must-buy!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The BenRiach Tawny Port Wood Finish 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 For a sherry monster, it has a lovely lightness of touch.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Tweeddale The Last Centennial
Blended Malt - Scotland - 52.20%
8 That's how to use peated malt in a blend! Superb progression.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Three Ships 10 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - South Africa - 44.60%
9 Normally I would complain about the palate not displaying the exuberance of the nose, but I can't moan at all about the depth and quality!

Tomatin 1995 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An incredibly laid back, mature malt. A dram that requires time and contemplation.

Tullibardine The Murray
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 It's Auchentoshan on steroids!

Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release East Neuk Dunes
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The oak hasn't fully removed the unwanted impurities, but left any longer the oak would have probably overwhelmed the palate.

A. D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 50.00%
7 You can't hurry maturation.

Armorik Maître de Chai
Single Malt - France - 46.00%
8 Distinctly different and proving once again that great whisky-making isn't just the preserve of the Scottish.

Ballaglass Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A grain heavy blend which has a lovely vibrancy and just enough malt character to add depth.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box Enlightenment
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An exceptionally well-crafted vatted malt with a lovely balance of maturity and youth.

Dalriada Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A pleasant, relatively straight-forward blend, which shows a good malt/grain balance.

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Glenfarclas The Family Casks 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80%
8 A bold dram with lots of oak influence.

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00%
8 If only the palate mirrored the nose.

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High West Campfire
Blended - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 A blend of peated malt and Bourbon? Very odd, but it works surprisingly well.

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Kilkerran 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Classic, oozing character and class. If you love this style of whisky, then it's a must buy!

Koval Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
8 Not sure what to make of this gin inspired Bourbon.

Lady of the Glen Auchentoshan 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30%
7 I think this has been bottled just in the nick of time.

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Lombard Single Malt Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 This can only come from one distillery in Scotland. Unique and stunning!

Murray McDavid Benchmark: Tobermory 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Luckily, it hasn't been compromised by sulphur tainted sherry butts.

Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask Matured
Single Malt - Australia - 47.50%
8 Refreshing to see a well-matured Australian whisky that is not overpowered by sherry. I'll drink to that!

Sutcliffe and Son The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 There appears to be a lot of first-fill American oak here and is a lesson on how influencing it can be.



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