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Whisky Magazine writer - Mark Newton

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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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Mark Newton

Telling It Straight
The evolution of single malt Scotch advertising

June 2017, Issue 143, page 46

How to make Whisky in Devon
Dartmoor whisky – the road to production

March 2017, Issue 142, page 37

Tasting Wheel
The eight flavour profiles and what to look for in a dram

March 2017, Issue 142, page 41

Scotch on the Rocks
Whisky advertising between the World Wars

January 2017, Issue 141, page 23

Politics, Mavericks and War
Scotch advertising in the early 20th Century

July 2016, Issue 137, page 23

A Highland Romance
From merchants to brands –mthe early years of Scotch whisky advertising

April 2016, Issue 135, page 33

The Rivers of Iron
Whisky and the railways on Speyside

April 2015, Issue 127, page 44

Whisky Magazine Issue 143

Whisky Magazine Issue 143
We discover the Wadden Isles, explore the spirit of collaboration behind Glenmorangie's latest expression and look at mizunara casks.

Published June 2017.

Whisky Magazine Issue 142

Whisky Magazine Issue 142
The best whiskies in the world 2017, Icons of Whisky Global winners and the conclusion to this year's Battle of the Blends.

Published March 2017.

Whisky Magazine Issue 141

Whisky Magazine Issue 141
Explore how copper stills are made, the end our journey down the Rockies and a visit to Ballindalloch.

Published January 2017.

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 135

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

Published April 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 127

Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.

Published April 2015.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The GlenDronach 14 Years Old Single Cask Batch 14
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 A top-drawer dram. Body, power, complexity and interesting development.

Tomatin 14 Years Old 2002
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The colour of this is pretty unusual – a pale burnished copper with a pink tinge. Overall a light, fruity dram with good grip.

Tomatin Five Virtues Fire Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The dryness of the palate balances out that creamy vanilla nicely.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Malts Single Cask Banquet of Fruits
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The apple of my eye. Plenty of vanilla-y American Oak influence in this, but it's balanced out by all that fruit and funk.

Wemyss Malts Single Casks Summer Breeze
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The aromatics are almost railroaded by the spices… but not quite. In the end, it comes up smelling of roses.

Berrys' Own Selection Glen Elgin
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 This goes from nought to 100 in two seconds. One minute it's vanilla softness, the next it's gutsy and funky.

Box Whisky American Oak
Single Malt - Sweden - 50.80%
8 A neon dream of a whisky on the nose, much more traditional on the palate.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cù Bòcan 2005 Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 These tasting notes could constitute the world's weirdest cake.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No A117
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.50%
8 Big, ballsy and unapologetic. Water struggled to temper this beast.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glen Moray 18 Years Old, Elgin Heritage Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20%
8 From pine forests to chalk cliffs. A fun walk in a glass.

Gordon and MacPhail 25 Years Old, Whisky Shop Dufftown Exclusive
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40%
8 Not a whisky that sits on the fence. Powerful, fruity, and pretty great.

Highland Park Fire Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.20%
7 The nose is a little peculiar at first, but the solid flavours put those doubts to rest.

Langatun 400 Jahre Kornhaus
Single Malt - Switzerland - 49.10%
8 There's real interest here, but I'd love to taste a bit more age on the liquid.

Longmorn The Distiller's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 For fans of American oak.

Method and Madness Single Grain finished in Virgin Spanish Oak
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
7 A light whiskey overall, with two clear parts; first up rich and smooth, then cooling and zingy. I enjoy unexpected flavour developments like this.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Particular Consortium of Cards, Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 I love my peat, but it dominates to the detriment of others here, else I would have marked it even higher.

Raasay While We Wait
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The peaty medicine box is balanced by creamy characters, but vegetal quirk marks it down.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Tamdhu Batch Strength 002
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
9 For the fireside – bonfires or indoors. Should be enjoyed year-round.

The BenRiach 22 Years Old Moscatel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 I'm not sure where those dominant fruit aromas went, but they were edged out by those richer notes. Still a good drop.

The GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 14, 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80%
8 Satisfying. leather and chocolate notes balanced by tropical flavours.



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