Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon
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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
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
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
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
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
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 131
The Hebridean Archipelago, Dalmunach, Four Roses, New Orleans Bars .
Published October 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 129
American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany.
Published July 2015.
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 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 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 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 99
Charley Boorman - Drayman's Distillery - A drinker's guide to Paris - Micro Distilling and much more....
Published October 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 91
Music special part - Back to the seventies - Fettercairn and much more....
Published October 2010.
A. D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.50% 7 Although I loved its intensity, it could have done with some balancing sweetness.
Aberfeldy 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A pleasant, mellow, mature whisky.
anCnoc Vintage 2001
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 As readers will know, this is not a style of whisky that I warm to.
Batch 206 Old Log Cabin
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00% 8 A lovely rye-heavy Bourbon with the right amount of alcohol to intensify the spices.
Benromach 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 A lovely, clean and sherry matured Spey.
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2000, Glengoyne, Cask #1074
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A lovely whisky. A perfect marriage of American and sherry oak aged spirit.
Box Single Malt Whisky The 2nd Step Collection 01
Single Malt - Sweden - 51.10% 9 A truly world class whisky.
Compass Box The Circus
Blended - Scotland - 49.00% 8 A heavily sherried, high malt content blend with some maturity.
Craigellachie 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 It has charm and thankfully enough sweet honey and creamy oak to balance its industrial character.
Grindlay's Single Cask Release Glentauchers 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50% 9 Now that's how I like my Speys. Beautifully complex and layered.
J.H. Rare Selection Dark Rye Malt Eisweinfass GV
Rye - Austria - 46.00% 7 Young and entertaining but it could have done with more oak character to round off the edges.
Limited Edition St. Patrick's Day
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 8 A pleasant and straightforward blend.
Langatun Swiss Single Malt Whisky Old Deer
Single Malt - Switzerland - 40.00% 8 Impressive and unlike a number of European whiskies it seems to have spent a bit of time in oak!
Octomore 07.4 Virgin Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.20% 8 Water makes it sweeter and smokier, but just like the George T Stagg, it has to be experienced as nature intended – neat!
Prometheus 27 Years Old Cache 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00% 8 Bitter at the end, but this certainly has its merits.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company North British Batch 2
Single Grain - Scotland - 49.30% 8 A lovely, fresh, young grain. Avoid water – the alcohol gives it intensity.
The Arran Malt 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 It's a pity that the palate didn't display the balance of the nose. Good, clean sherry though.
The Epicurean Small Batch Release
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.20% 7 A lovely, weighty Lowland malt, which reminds me of Littlemill.
The Quiet Man “An Fear Ciuin” Traditional Irish Whiskey
Blended - Northern Ireland - 40.00% 8 A delightful blend. The grain feels like it has some age and makes up for the lessened malt character on the palate.
Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release The Admiral's Beacon
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Absolutely gorgeous and probably quite expensive!
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 8 I had a feeling that this would do water particularly well and I was correct in that assumption.
Ben Nevis Mr Taketsuru's Cask 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.30% 9 Raw and wild unless you add water! Enjoyable and memorable.
Berrys' Single Grain Scotch Whisky 2005, Strathclyde, Cask #106491
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.70% 7 No need to add water to this one.
Cragganmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40% 9 A stunning dram! Sensational neat or with water.
Elements of Islay Peat
Blended Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 8 Neat, this is superb. I love the way the nose slowly unwinds to reveal layers of complexity.
Hyde Irish Whiskey Single Grain Bourbon Matured
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 A vatted grain? It certainly exhibits youth and maturity and possibly wine finished. Either way it's very enjoyable.
Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Gives the impression of a worn out old spirit and revived by vatting in youthful spirit.
Lagavulin 8 Years Old 200 Years 1816 - 2016
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 A lovely Islay. Not overblown peat wise, just very well balanced and seriously salty!
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Wood, peat and treacle makes for an entertaining mouthful!
Limeburners Sherry Cask, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Australia - 61.00% 8 Clearly well made whisky, with a very dominant cask.
Lombard Jewels of Scotland Glenury Royal 1973 Cask #6867
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 9 Not enough space to describe the brilliance of this whisky!
Michter's Straight Rye 10 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.60% 8 Intense! Some may find it too dry and bitter, but to me, its fun!
Parker's Heritage Collection 8 Years Old Straight Malt Whiskey
Blended Grain - U.S.A. - 54.00% 8 Intriguing and contemplative. In fact it goes rather well with Green and Blacks organic milk chocolate!
Single Malt - Italy - 43.00% 8 Lovely aromas, but the palate lacks the promise or complexity of the nose. Definitely a work in progress.
Smögen Svensk Sherry Project 1:4
Single Malt - Sweden - 57.20% 9 A fascinating experience!