The Hebridean Archipelago, Dalmunach, Four Roses, New Orleans Bars
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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.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A classic American oak aged Highland. Just the sort that you should have in your whisky cupboard.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Breath-takingly complex!
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Proof that blends are not inferior to single malts!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Wonderfully mature and quite subtle.
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.
Laphroaig 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 That is a fine old Islay malt. Beautifully mature but still alive and kicking.
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.
Michter's Barrel Strength Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 54.00% 9 An example of fine American spirit.
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.
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.