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Whisky Magazine writer - Mark Newton

Issue 144 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 144

Discovering Lexington, on the road to Ardnamurchan Distillery, the evolution of Japanese whisky and whisky adventures



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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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Tomatin Five Virtues, Wood Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Have this as a half-and-half with a lambic, perhaps?

Wemyss Malts Chocolate Orange Segment
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Interestingly, rather than dominate and deaden the whisky, the vanilla adds a creaminess to the mouthfeel that really benefits those other zanier flavours.

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Abbey Whisky The Rare Casks Release 6, Glen Garioch 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 Some great twists and turns in this helter skelter of a whisky.

Aultmore 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Water washes out some of the interesting characters. The palate wasn't as expressive as the nose, but is still pleasant.

Balblair Vintage 2005
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Slather this on a scone with some strawberry jam.

Berrys' Own Selection 1996 Auchentoshan, Cask #202
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 For those who love the sweets of their childhood.

Box Whisky Dálvve
Single Malt - Sweden - 46.00%
7 A vanilla ice cream float in cream soda.

Glen Moray 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 As vanilla as your 99.

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Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 10 Years Old Whisky Shop Dufftown Exclusive
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90%
8 Bold, sweet and smoky. With added rocks.

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Langatun Old Bear Cask Proof
Single Malt - Switzerland - 62.80%
8 Big, brash and ballsy. The Donald Trump of whiskies?!

Single Minded Speyside
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 For the Dr Jekylls and Mr Hydes out there.

St Patrick's Distillery Cask Strength
Blended Malt - Republic of Ireland - 53.00%
7 Another great whiskey from Ireland. Watch out Scotland…

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Port Ellen Batch 5
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.10%
7 Sweet, salty and smoky. Ticking all those Islay boxes.

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The Glendronach Single Cask Batch 14, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 I'm totally nuts about you.

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The Glendronach Single Cask Batch 14, 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80%
9 I'm presuming this is European oak. Stands out in the sea of American oak in this issue, but also brilliant in its own right.

Triple Eight Distillery Nor'Easter Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 44.40%
7 Incredibly floral – not really the sort of thing I associate with American whiskey, but it's interesting!

Wemyss Malts Blended Malt Series The Hive
Blended Malt - Scotland - 54.50%
8 A pleasing whisky for sweet teeth who also like a bit of bite.

Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release Barbeque Mango Salsa
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Variation on a vanilla theme, this time with added smoke.

Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release Flambé Fruit
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Fresh and fruity, then toasty and nutty, before getting down and funky. The epitome of 'flavour journey'.

WhistlePig The Boss Hog Third Edition: The Independent
Rye - U.S.A. - 60.10%
8 A kick as strong as a horse wearing an aromatic flower garland.

Berry's Own Selection Blue Hanger 11th Limited Release
Blended Malt - Scotland - 45.60%
8 If you like grapefruits, this one's for you.



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