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Whisky Magazine Issue 146

A tour of Toronto, Bourbon's Pompeii, Bladnoch Distillery and a look back at Glenmorangie's last 10 years

 

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Laura Foster

Brave New World
We look back at the last 10 years of Glenmorangie

September 2017, Issue 146, page 44

The Hebridean Whisky Isle
Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides and for such a small island packs in eight distilleries and a lot more for the visitor

December 2016, Issue 140, page 28

Whisky Magazine Issue 146

Whisky Magazine Issue 146
A tour of Toronto, Bourbon's Pompeii, Bladnoch Distillery and a look back at Glenmorangie's last 10 years.

Published September 2017.

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

Whisky Magazine Issue 140
A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies.

Published December 2016.

291 Colorado Whiskey E Batch #3
Rye - U.S.A. - 62.30%
7 So floral on the palate it almost verges on soapy.

Ardbeg Kelpie
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Interesting. Peat is high – you could be chewing on sticks of charcoal. Lacks sweetness to balance things out.

Ben Bracken Speyside
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A perfectly serviceable dram. Easy drinking, but quickly forgotten.

Berrys' Own Selection Glentauchers 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 I really enjoyed the flavour journey, but the length just wasn't there.

Dimensions Cask Strength Bunnahabhain Sherry
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50%
7 Egg fried rice, sweet 'n' sour chicken, and that Islay whisky, please…

James Eadie Auchroisk 9 Years Old Single Cask #804015
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The palate was sadly a bit one-dimensional for me following the delicate nuances of the nose.

James Eadie Benrinnes 8 Years Old Single Cask #309429
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 My sweet tooth really loves the chocolaty sweetness, but this is balanced perfectly by the spicy dryness.

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Lady of the Glen Secret Islay 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20%
8 A chocolate tin at Christmas… to be enjoyed all year-round.

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Langatun Jacob's Dram – Single Cask 140
Single Malt - Switzerland - 49.12%
8 Why have cotton, when you can have silk?...

Lombard 1972 Ledaig
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Simple, light and drying. Sip on a hot summer's day when you fancy a whisky, but not the heft of most drams.

Lombard 1984 Caol Ila
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Sweet and smoky Islay with pleasing development. My kind of complexity.

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Method and Madness Single Pot Still
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 Delicious, easy drinking and well balanced – the sort of dram you return to again and again.

Penderyn Portwood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Pinot Noir and chocolate brownies? A winning combination for me.

St George Spirits Baller Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 Incredibly unusual single malt. Interesting, but not something I could drink in vast quantities. ‘Curiouser and curiouser,' cried Alice.

The GlenDronach 25 Years Old Grandeur
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.30%
8 Rich, complex and rewarding.

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The GlenDronach The BenRiach Distillery Company
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 Really intriguing. Layers of complexity scream ‘winter dram'. For when the nights draw in…

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Timorous Beastie 21 Years Old Sherry Edition
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.80%
8 Fabulous fruit bumped this up the charts.

Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney Batch Strength
Blended Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
7 Brash and ballsy – for peat freaks.

Wemyss Malts Scallop Diver's Dram
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Why have a half 'n' half when you can just drink this?!

WhistlePig FarmStock
Rye - U.S.A. - 43.00%
8 Solid sipped neat, or mixed in a Sazerac.

291 Colorado Whiskey Bad Guy Colorado Whiskey Batch #2
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 59.70%
8 I love it, but the big mouthful of flowers will be polarising. The florality is so Cognac-like, it's unbelievable. Sip while in a leather wingback chair.

Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Earthy and fruity at the same time.

Berrys' Own Selection Texas Legation Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00%
7 Wouldn't be surprised if there's a high proportion of corn in this mash bill! Once you pop…

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
7 Millions of peaches, peaches for me.

Bushmills Red Bush
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
7 A delicate drop overtaken by tannin, someone left that tea a bit too long.

Deerstalker Blended Malt Peated Edition
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Totally nuts about you… perhaps I'm 'nut' that into you after all. Pleasing, but one minute it's there, the next it's gone.

Highland Park Valkyrie
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.90%
7 Cereal, subtle smoke and sweetness… an island dram ticking all boxes.

James Eadie Caol Ila Small Batch
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The winds blow Caribbean tropics to Islay.

Method and Madness Single Malt Enhanced with Limousin Oak
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 A great after-dinner drop, with lovely richness.

Penderyn Myth
Single Malt - Wales - 41.00%
7 Reminiscent of playing in cut grass on a summer's day with a pocket full of sweets. Seems relatively young, with strong American Oak influence. I'd be interested to see this liquid with more years on ...

Ransom Rye, Barley, Wheat Whiskey
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 46.70%
8 The rye spice is tempered by grain. Dry leathery note is a great foil to the sweeter characters.

Slane Irish Whiskey
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
7 Well balanced. A solid workhorse of a whiskey.

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Smögen Triple
Single Malt - Sweden - 54.00%
8 Wears the soap. That soap diminishes a solid dram.

SPEY Fumare
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The main interest with this is the oily mouthfeel. A balanced, easy-drinking dram that I could drink a lot of in one sitting.

The GlenDronach 14 Years Old Marsala
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
6 Not what I was expecting, perhaps a rogue sample?

 

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