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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 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.
anCnoc Distilled 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Sweet like confectioner's custard. MacDonald's ice cream Sunday with raspberry sauce.
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.
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.
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.
Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70% 9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight
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.
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.
Smögen Svensk Single Malt Primör
Single Malt - Sweden - 63.70% 7 A velvet tracksuit. Not a three piece suit. Smooth and silky.
Springbank Cask Strength 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30% 7 This one is not really to my taste.
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 0.00% 8 The perfect Old Fashioned whiskey? Na, just give me this one neat and a dime for the juke box in the corner.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.70% 8 Like a beautiful and entertaining tapestry. A work of art.
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Like walking down the baking aisle in a supermarket the week after Great British Bake Off
Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye Whiskey Lot #4 Small Batch
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 This is not to my taste...so onward to the next one.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Velvet Fig
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Gives sweet tones and probably would go down well doused with ice.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Single Malts of Scotland Glenrothes 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40% 8 A pleasant, summery, aperitif dram.
Single Malts of Scotland Longmorn 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.70% 8 Whisky and dark chocolate, a great combination, especially in the same glass!