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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 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.
Ben Nevis White Port Pipe Cask 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 Classy and blemish free but, as I've said before, this isn't my preferred type of whisky.
Berry's Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1996, North British, Cask #224766
Single Grain - Scotland - 56.80% 8 Now, there's a full-bodied grain. If you are still not convinced by great Scottish grain, then buy this!
Compass Box Flaming Heart
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 8 As a whisky it's very enjoyable; however as a blend I feel the peated component is too dominant.
Craigellachie 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A seriously complex and classy malt. Can I have some more please Mr Distillery Manager!
Deerstalker Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A good blend showing plenty of Highland character.
Edinburgh Whisky Library Collection Highland Park
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An impressive spirit but far too perfumed for more than one glass.
Glen Moray 25 Years Old Port Cask Finish, Batch 3
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Evocative and succulent. A beautifully balanced refill sherry matured dram.
Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night's Dram
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I can't say I'm getting much Highland character here, but as sherry monsters go, it's ok.
Hamiltons Lowland Single Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It could almost pass for an oak aged gin!
High West American Prairie Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 The nose is possibly too subtle and the palate simplistic, but it really comes alive on the finish.
John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Monstrous but elegant and complex. What would it have been like at cask strength?!
Lombard Single Malt Glen Keith 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.90% 8 A lovely mature malt which skilfully blends maturity and freshness.
Master of Malt (Single Cask Series) Paul John 6 Years Old
Single Malt - India - 59.70% 9 Absolutely stunning. If this is the distillery I think it is, it continues to impress me with its releases.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 58.10% 8 It displays both youthful and mature-ish notes. One thing it definitely doesn't lack is oak though!
Nant Single Malt Whisky Sherry Wood Single Cask
Single Malt - Australia - 43.00% 7 A little raw beneath the oak, but if left longer in the cask the oak notes might possibly have become more drying and bitter.
Royal Brackla 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Gentle and mature. The perfect dram, to unwind after a hard day at the office!
The GlenDronach Peated
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A textbook example of how to use peat without swamping the character of the spirit.
The Quiet Man “An Fear Ciuin” 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Northern Ireland - 40.00% 8 Lots of potential for this Irish Whiskey.
The Tweedale 14 Years Old Blended Scotch
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 From the nose I was expecting a grain heavy blend but the malt component pleasantly balances the grain on the palate.
Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey
Blended - U.S.A. - 40.00% 8 I liked the nose but the palate was a little sweet and simplistic.
Aultmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Beautiful and mature. I'm running out of superlatives for it.
Berrys' SIngle Malt Scotch Whisky 1996, Clynelish, Cask #6424
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Now that's the sort of Highland whisky I like!
Compass Box This Is Not A Luxury Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 53.10% 9 Simply stunning! A little more sweetness in the finish might have been nice.
Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 1999
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Instantly recognisable! I will say this has a bit more balancing sweetness than is the norm.
Darkness! Ben Nevis 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.00% 8 You might think that it is sherry matured but no, it's 100% American oak aged.
Edinburgh Whisky Library Collection Glenlivet
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A wonderful fruit bomb of a malt but a bit too perfumed to want more than one dram of this at a time.
Isle of Arran Distillery Smugglers' Series Vol.1 'The Illicit Stills'
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40% 8 A big, malty dram that needs some water to assess.
J. P. Wiser's Double Still Rye
Rye - Canada - 43.40% 7 A subtle rye whisky with more than a passing resemblance to an Irish grain whiskey.
Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey 16 Years Old Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 8 Appears to be a fairly young whisky but it has some charm. It would be interesting to see what a little more time would do for it.
Label 5 Extra Rare 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I had a sneaky feeling whilst nosing this that the oak would be too over-powering for the palate. I was correct in that assumption.
Lombard Single Malt Teaninich 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Another whisky where the palate fails to deliver to what the nose promises!
Old Particular Cameronbridge 25 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.60% 8 Who says grain whiskies have no body? A fantastic, middle aged grain.
Old Pulteney 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A lovely, crisp and fresh young Highland malt. Just the dram to revive a tired palate.
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 55.00% 8 It's a bit hardcore this one. If you have an allergy to bitter spices then I'd pass.
Smögen Svensk Single Malt Single Cask 7/2011 Fresh Sauternes Barrique
Single Malt - Sweden - 57.30% 8 Mad, bad and dangerous to know!