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Whisky Magazine Issue 131

The Hebridean Archipelago, Dalmunach, Four Roses, New Orleans Bars



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Joel Harrison

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 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.

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anCnoc Peatlands
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A classic American oak aged Highland. Just the sort that you should have in your whisky cupboard.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ben Nevis The President's Cask 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40%
8 A little water and this beauty unwinds into a sublime whisky.

Cù Bòcan Bourbon Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A Highland malt for Auchentoshan lovers!

Dewar's White Label Scratched Cask
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A little heavy on the oak on the palate but it's a pleasant quaffing blend.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Dry Fly Straight Washington Wheat Whiskey
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 Fantastically complex with the oak playing second fiddle to the spirit character.

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Four Roses Bourbon Limited Edition Small Batch 2015 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.30%
9 You have to love that raw character!

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain
Blended - Canada - 44.40%
8 I certainly wasn't expecting the oak fest on the finish! Not exactly subtle but entertaining nevertheless.

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Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Breath-takingly complex!

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Grant's Voyager
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Proof that blends are not inferior to single malts!

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Hyde Irish Whiskey 10 Years Old Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
9 A classic, full-bodied Irish malt.

Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A one-sided match. Lacking subtly or nuance unfortunately.

Nant Single Malt Whisky Bourbon Wood Single Cask
Single Malt - Australia - 43.00%
8 An entertaining little number resembling young, American oak aged Auchentoshan.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Prometheus 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00%
9 That's a fine old Speyside malt!

Spirit of Hven Tycho's Star
Single Malt - Sweden - 41.80%
8 Although young, it displays a lovely elegance and character.

The Dalmore The Distillery Exclusive 2015
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 A sherry monster and a half. Completely blemish free but a sherry monster nevertheless.

The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 After that wonderfully voluptuous nose the palate was a bit of an anti-climax, but it's still a pleasant blend.

The Octave Glenburgie
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70%
8 A very clean, unblemished, herbal sherry monster. Completely lacking in subtlety for me, but this style of whisky has its adherents!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Tweeddale 16 Years Old Single Lowland Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A pleasant grain with good balance and character. Ideal for exploring grain whiskies.

Wemyss Malts Kiln Embers
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The Islay component is quite dominating but there is a lovely balancing sweetness from the other malt components.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

XOP Bowmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10%
8 A lovely, mature Islay malt which displays an excellent complexity of peat aromas and flavours.

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

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.



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