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Whisky Magazine Issue 136

Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory

 

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Joel Harrison

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 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.

anCnoc Blas
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
8 I had a feeling that this would do water particularly well and I was correct in that assumption.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

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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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig Lore
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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

PUNI Nova
Single Malt - Italy - 43.00%
8 Lovely aromas, but the palate lacks the promise or complexity of the nose. Definitely a work in progress.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Smögen Svensk Sherry Project 1:4
Single Malt - Sweden - 57.20%
9 A fascinating experience!

St. Patrick's Irish Whiskey Oak Aged
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
7 A pleasant blend, although I would have liked to have seen some malt character on the palate.

The Dalmore 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 A perfectly laid-back whisky, for those laid-back moments!

The Glenturret Peated Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Not a style of whisky that I get on with and this doesn't have enough balancing sweetness from either fruit or spirit.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Five Decades
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 A funky, herbal, sherry monster. Goes rather well with a cigar!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

WhistlePig 15 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 A brilliant rye. If the nose had the clarity and intensity of the rye that the palate did, it would be running for Editor's Choice.

A. D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel Cask Strength
Rye - U.S.A. - 66.00%
8 Young, but entertaining.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ailsa Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.90%
8 Although pleasant, I think it has been bottled just in time.

Angels' Nectar Blended Malt Rich Peat Edition
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 It's always fun trying to guess the components of a blend. It comes across like a vatting of Caol Ila, Ledaig and Highland Park.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ballantine's 21 Years Old Signature Oak Edition
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 An exquisite blend with what appears to be quite a high malt content and some lovely age.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ben Nevis 15 Years Old Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70%
8 Ideally it needs a drop of water but then you lose that lovely intensity.

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Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1992, Glenlossie, Cask #3472
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A beautiful, mature Spey. A little more oak would have seen it score even higher.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Darkness! Tobermory 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
9 A lovely character if you like a good chunk of manure with your malt. Funnily enough, I do!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glencadam 19 Years Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Whisky like this makes tasting an absolute pleasure.

Hyde Irish Whiskey 10 Years Old Rum Cask Finish
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 I don't think I've tasted a whisky quite like it. Has it been finished in an ex-Riesling cask half full of wine? By the way, I love Riesling!

J. H. Original Selection Rye Whisky
Rye - Austria - 46.00%
8 If this is what I think it is, then it's showing more maturity than it did two years ago.

Knappogue Castle 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
8 Poised, elegant and very well balanced. A lovely drop of the Irish as they say.

Littlemill 2015 Private Cellar Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40%
8 It has a spotlessly clean sherry finish.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Michter's Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.20%
8 An absolutely fascinating nose.

PUNI Alba
Single Malt - Italy - 43.00%
8 Curious and entertaining. I would have liked to have seen a little more balancing oak character on the palate.

Rock Oyster Limited Edition Cask Strength
Blended Malt - Scotland - 57.40%
7 Tricky to draw a conclusion.

 

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