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Whisky Magazine Issue 153

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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.

Ardbeg Twenty Something
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
8 A classic example of this sort.The kind of approachable Islay that will end up charming most.

Blair Athol 23 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 A bracing dram – one’s mouth puckers.

Box Quercus I Robur
Single Malt - Sweden - 50.80%
8 Chock-full of avour from active maturation. More superbly made Swedish whisky.

Brora 34 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90%
8 Not a particularly active maturation, but end results are pleasing.

Caol Ila 18 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.80%
7 A bit samey.

Collectivium XXVII Special Release
Blended - Scotland - 57.30%
8 Pleasing. Strength brings intensity of avours it wouldn’t otherwise have.

Convalmore 32 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20%
7 The wood just didn’t give much; lacks the diversity of avours.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon C917
Bourbon - America - 65.00%
7 A bit bland, brutish, blunt whisky, but nice enough.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Four Roses 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch Barrel Strength
Bourbon - America - 53.90%
8 Excellent. Rounded, full of flavour, not too overpowering. Balanced.

Glen Elgin 18 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80%
7 If you like vanilla...

Glenmorangie The Cadboll
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A very sensible, conservative whisky, but charming indeed.

Green Spot Chateau Montelena
Single Malt - Ireland - 46.00%
7 This is not complex, but it’s a charming everyday dram.

Highland Park Full Volume
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20%
7

Lagavulin 12 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50%
8 A weird whisky, and a bit unbalanced, but it mostly works.

Port Dundas 52 Years Old Special Release
Single Grain - Scotland - 44.60%
9 Heck of a dessert whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Port Ellen 37 Years Old Special Release 17th
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
8 A ton of character, charm and individuality - which is rare these days.

Teaninich 17 Years Old Special Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90%
7 Nice enough, but it’s hard to feel too excited about this.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Just a lovely everyday dram – essential for the cabinet.

The Sexton Single Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 It’s blunt and there’s something not quite right about the spirit underneath it all.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Tullibardine The Murray (2005)
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30%
7 A good spirit under this, which raises the avours.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

291 Colorado Whiskey Single Barrel Aspen Stave Finished
Bourbon - America - 50.00%
8 Simple stuff, but utterly delicious.

Ardbeg An Oa
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.60%
8 A bit of a let-down, if I’m honest.

BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Not really doing anything for me.

Benromach Triple Distilled
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 The most boring fellow at the party.

Berrys' Own Selection Speyside 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
8 It feels like there’s a lot of this type of whisky about at the moment.

Box The Festival 2017
Single Malt - Sweden - 54.20%
8 Such a avoursome whisky. Not perfect, not overly complex, but a fun dram.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Craigellachie 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Marvellously balanced whisky. Fresh avours, expressed fabulously. Top dram.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon B517
Bourbon - America - 62.10%
8 Potent stuff indeed, but it feels a little overcooked.

Glenmorangie Astar
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20%
8 Really good whisky, with complexity from a number of angles. Delightful.

Highland Park Dragon Legend
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.10%
8 Amazing nose, but didn't come through on the palate.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Highland Park Magnus
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Very approachable, as they say, for newcomers.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Kyro Single Malt Rye Whiskey 1
Rye - Finland - 47.80%
8 Completely off the radar. Massively brave character. Love it.

Loch Lomond Inchmoan Vintage 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.60%
8 Very pleasingly old-school and mouth-watering.

Mackmyra Expedition
Single Malt - Sweden - 46.10%
8 That nose was something quite exotic; the taste not so.

Nikka Coffey Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00%
8 So pleasing to smell that one could wear the stuff on a date.

 

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