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Joel Harrison

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 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.

601 Bourbon Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.20%
7 A pleasant, easy-going whiskey.

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Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2000, Glengoyne, Cask #1073
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Now that's what I call a breakfast malt. I think I'll have it with my honey nut cornflakes!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 Wonderfully mature and quite subtle.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glen Moray Elgin Classic Peated
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Oh yes, that's the business! A delightful whisky with just the right amount of peat.

Glencadam 17 Years Old Triple Cask Portwood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A lovely, robust, mouth-filling malt with an impressive finish.

Grant's Blended Scotch Whisky Signature
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 It comes across as a well put together blended whisky with a high malt content.

Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky Classic Black
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Appears to be a grain heavy blended whisky with the peated malt punching above its weight. However it's an enjoyable, unpretentious dram.

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Laphroaig 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 That is a fine old Islay malt. Beautifully mature but still alive and kicking.

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Mackmyra Moment Vintage
Single Malt - Sweden - 48.60%
8 Wonderfully intense. Comes across like a multi-grain barley / rye whisky. A drop of water takes off the edge.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Michter's Barrel Strength Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 54.00%
9 An example of fine American spirit.

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Octomore 06.3_Islay_Barley
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.00%
8 If George T. Stagg was peated then it would probably be like this.

Rock Oyster Small Batch Release
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.80%
8 Although not hugely complex, the higher degree of alcohol means that its straightforward character is amplified.

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Smögen Svensk Single Malt Sherry Project 1:2
Single Malt - Sweden - 55.70%
8 Who says peat and sherry don't mix? A stunning whisky, with or without water.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Ledaig Batch 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.50%
8 The distillery character here is unmistakable! However there are just enough other elements to balance.

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 4
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
8 Is this an American in sheep's tartan? More than likely it's been aged in heavily charred first fill American oak.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenturret 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50%
9 Its maturity is obvious from the onset, the citrus notes give it a lovely vibrancy.

Tomatin Cask Strength Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 It has its plus points and its minus points. I would avoid diluting it though!

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Not the most complex of malts on the planet but the balance and the finish are quite impressive.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Caribbean Crème
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The oak was a bit too dominant on the nose, however the palate is beautifully balanced.

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Westward Oregon Malt Whiskey Single Barrel
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Young but plenty of character. The alcohol is a touch aggressive but it does balance the sweetness.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World Series: Madeira Finish
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Although the alcohol balances the sweetness, I think it's one for those of you with a sweet tooth!

anCnoc Distilled 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Sweet like confectioner's custard. MacDonald's ice cream Sunday with raspberry sauce.

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Auchentoshan American Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Is this a sweet Blanc du Blanc?

Ballechin Single Malt 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A big ploughing workhouse. Not a showjumper prancing about but a direct beast that does a job.

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 This could do with much longer in the cask before being let out into the world. Makes me hope bottle-aging exists.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.00%
9 Like walking into a French pâtisserie in a small rural Gascony village.

Compass Box Whisky Great Kind Street
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
7 This is a pick'n'mix whisky, a bit rancio on the finish but there are some sweet moments if you look for them.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70%
9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight

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Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Three seasons in a pine forest in a glass. A really attractive whisky which is unctuous and juicy. Well done.

Glengoyne 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The whisky for a mason; lots of structure, stone and hard work.

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Glenmorangie Duthac
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A really lovely whisky giving Christmas punch, spices and honey. A distilled mead.

Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt - Belgium - 46.00%
7 For me, this maybe needs a little more thought to develop into a well rounded whisky.

Grand Traverse Distillery Ole George Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.50%
7 Could be used as a cocktail ingredient. Like it has been matured in Swedish Sauna Pine Wood.

Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky Gold Heritage
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 This is afternoon tea. Not quite at the poshest restaurant in town, but the one next door. Slightly cheaper, no waiting time but equally as good.

Old Pulteney Navigator
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Almost like a ginger wine, this would make a great rusty nail.



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