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Whisky Magazine writer - Joel Harrison

Issue 138 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 138

A roundup of Canadian whisky and blends, Arran and Paul John Distillery Focus plus Australian whisky supplement



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Joel Harrison

Cut to the Point
Kirsteen Campbell from The Famous Grouse

July 2016, Issue 137, page 30

Kentucky Pot Still Bourbon
Woodford Reserve bucks the trend

July 2016, Issue 137, page 102

Cut to the Point
Georgie Bell from Diageo

June 2016, Issue 136, page 44

Cut to the Point
Zak Shenfield from Strathearn Distillery

April 2016, Issue 135, page 46

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 137

Whisky Magazine Issue 137
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon.

Published July 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 136

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory.

Published June 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 135

Whisky Magazine Issue 135
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Japanese craft whisky, Sedgwick, Kentucky Peerless.

Published April 2016.

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.

BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
8 Neat the alcohol is well contained until the finish. Great nose.

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Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1990, Auchroisk, Cask #21752
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An utterly charming, classic, light Spey. A perfect dram for a warm summer's day!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Black Bull 40 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 47.60%
9 Impressive, high malt content with a few years on the clock.

Box Single Malt Whisky The Archipelago
Single Malt - Sweden - 56.50%
8 Seems very young.

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Bruichladdich The Laddie Eight
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Now, that is an impressive finish! Robust, malty and full of character.

Celebration of the Cask, Craigellachie 9 Years Old, Whisky Shop Dufftown Exclusive
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
8 I expected more of the hidden fruit to come out with water.

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Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
8 Now, that's a chunky, coffeed malt. Who needs a breakfast coffee when you can have this?

Glacier Distilling Company Two Med
Blended Grain - U.S.A. - 43.00%
8 Eaux de Bourbon or CK B #8 Char perhaps?

Gordon & MacPhail, Mannochmore 21 Years Old, Whisky Shop Dufftown Exclusive
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.80%
8 Spent a long time in the cask as the oak is dominant.

Grindlay's Single Cask Release Ben Nevis 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.60%
8 A good, clean sherry matured malt.

Jameson Crested
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
8 Someone has paid attention to the grain here – it feels more like a vatted grain. It's still very enjoyable.

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Jura Tastival 2016
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
9 A superbly balanced malt. Need I say anything more?!

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Lagavulin 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
8 Impressive sherry monster. Raw but well-balanced.

Langatun Swiss Single Malt Whisky Old Deer Cask Proof
Single Malt - Switzerland - 62.10%
8 A really unique flavour profile. It might not appeal to everyone but I love it!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Lochside 1981 Cask #612
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Neat, it's tight. With water it's straightforward, but pleasant.

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Murray McDavid Mission Gold: Mortlach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40%
8 Lots going on, a few too many wrinkles for me.

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Paul John Indian Single Malt Select Cask Classic
Single Malt - India - 55.20%
9 The depth and complexity of this malt are breathtaking.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Paul John Indian Single Malt Select Cask Peated
Single Malt - India - 55.50%
9 It doesn't matter where it comes from, but great whisky is still great whisky.

Smögen Svensk Single Cask 3, 2010
Single Malt - Sweden - 61.30%
8 A touch of genius or madness about this whisky. Possibly both!

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Wemyss Single Cask Release Rosy Apple Brulé
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00%
9 This proves that when you get the oak balance right with a grain and a sherry cask, it's a great combination.

A. D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.50%
7 Although I loved its intensity, it could have done with some balancing sweetness.

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Aberfeldy 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A pleasant, mellow, mature whisky.

anCnoc Vintage 2001
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 As readers will know, this is not a style of whisky that I warm to.

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Batch 206 Old Log Cabin
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00%
8 A lovely rye-heavy Bourbon with the right amount of alcohol to intensify the spices.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Benromach 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 A lovely, clean and sherry matured Spey.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2000, Glengoyne, Cask #1074
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A lovely whisky. A perfect marriage of American and sherry oak aged spirit.

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Box Single Malt Whisky The 2nd Step Collection 01
Single Malt - Sweden - 51.10%
9 A truly world class whisky.

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Compass Box The Circus
Blended - Scotland - 49.00%
8 A heavily sherried, high malt content blend with some maturity.

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Craigellachie 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 It has charm and thankfully enough sweet honey and creamy oak to balance its industrial character.

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Grindlay's Single Cask Release Glentauchers 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50%
9 Now that's how I like my Speys. Beautifully complex and layered.

J.H. Rare Selection Dark Rye Malt Eisweinfass GV
Rye - Austria - 46.00%
7 Young and entertaining but it could have done with more oak character to round off the edges.

Jameson Limited Edition St. Patrick's Day
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
8 A pleasant and straightforward blend.

Langatun Swiss Single Malt Whisky Old Deer
Single Malt - Switzerland - 40.00%
8 Impressive and unlike a number of European whiskies it seems to have spent a bit of time in oak!

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Octomore 07.4 Virgin Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.20%
8 Water makes it sweeter and smokier, but just like the George T Stagg, it has to be experienced as nature intended – neat!

Prometheus 27 Years Old Cache 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00%
8 Bitter at the end, but this certainly has its merits.



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