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Whisky Magazine writer - Joel Harrison

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Whisky Magazine Issue 133

The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery



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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.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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?!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lombard Single Malt Glen Keith 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.90%
8 A lovely mature malt which skilfully blends maturity and freshness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey
Blended - U.S.A. - 40.00%
8 I liked the nose but the palate was a little sweet and simplistic.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Aultmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Beautiful and mature. I'm running out of superlatives for it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!



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