A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
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Sparring and surviving
In his final column before his death,Michael looks back at his time in India and the rise of a nation of whisky drinkers
September 2007, Issue 66, page 11
Michael looks back at the early days of his education in Edinburgh's finest
July 2007, Issue 65, page 11
At the ambassador's
Michael is invited for a special afternoon in Poland
June 2007, Issue 64, page 11
Dancing with Donleavy
Michael talks about the joys of Irish whiskey and the dangers of method acting
April 2007, Issue 63, page 11
Not drinking, flying
Michael issues a wake up call before the whole of Scotland vanishes...or is re-branded
March 2007, Issue 62, page 11
Up close and personal
When Michael Jackson left The Streets of Sinners, what happened to his drinking?
January 2007, Issue 61, page 11
The Jackson Five
As Michael is away we have decided to select some of the best bits from his columns spanning 60 editions of Whisky Magazine
November 2006, Issue 60, page 11
The elephant parade
Michael Jackson on recurring dreams of the circus coming to town
October 2006, Issue 59, page 11
A question of choice
Michael Jacksonponders the age old question of what's your favourite
August 2006, Issue 58, page 11
Come, fly with me
In Old Manhattan,Michael Jackson,and cousin Tessa,too…have fun with books,and booze
July 2006, Issue 57, page 11
When I'm 64...
Michael Jackson contemplates not so old age
June 2006, Issue 56, page 11
In the footsteps of Twain
An invite to speak at a prestigious club sends Michael Jackson in search of a literary giant
April 2006, Issue 55, page 11
On the Queen's yacht,Michael Jackson is back in Leith and heading for Islay
March 2006, Issue 54, page 11
Bottling the Holy Ghost
What happens when you have a Mass at the mash-tun?
January 2006, Issue 53, page 11
A memorable moment with the Minister
A kiss is just a kiss. Or does it count as sexual harassment?
November 2005, Issue 52, page 11
Elegy for the ‘Easy'
The death of New Orleans has been exaggerated
October 2005, Issue 51, page 11
At heaven's gate
Michael Jackson on the importance of standing your round
September 2005, Issue 50, page 11
A shot in the foot
But make sure it's genuine, warns Michael Jackson
July 2005, Issue 49, page 11
The fire next time
Michael Jackson on the campaign trail
June 2005, Issue 48, page 11
Desperately seeking Spey what
The Speyside Festival starts April 28th. To mark the event Michael Jackson visits the region and considers its boundaries
April 2005, Issue 47, page 24
Teach our children to drink
In California, Michael Jackson takes a stand
April 2005, Issue 47, page 11
Call me a cab
Michael Jackson goes a few rounds by taxi
March 2005, Issue 46, page 13
When the ears met the nose
Michael Jackson continues the saga of his appointment with Prince Charles
January 2005, Issue 45, page 11
Prince of the road
Michael Jackson crosses paths with HRH Charles
November 2004, Issue 44, page 11
Never mind the barley?
Michael Jackson goes Babbity
October 2004, Issue 43, page 11
The Pundit and the Popper
Michael Jackson brainstorming on behalf of Scotch Whisky.
September 2004, Issue 42, page 11
The ‘quaiching' of a President
Michael Jackson recalls his part in Ron's downfall
July 2004, Issue 41, page 11
Love, war and whisky
Michael Jackson has a few drinks with Buffalo Bill
June 2004, Issue 40, page 11
Still in league with the devil
Michael Jackson continues the saga of a tasting at Philip Pullman's house
May 2004, Issue 39, page 11
April 2004, Issue 38, page 10
Michael Jackson hunts for duck soup - of a sort
February 2004, Issue 37, page 11
Battle at Wounded Knee
Michael Jackson survives ot wonder about Jonnie Walker
December 2003, Issue 36, page 11
Michael Jackson's summer season, boosted by Bell's
November 2003, Issue 35, page 11
The Buddha of Bourbon
Michael Jackson has a vision, and learns why the Japanese sit on the floor to eat dinner
October 2003, Issue 34, page 11
Desperately seeking Scotland
Wherever I go, I am reminded of the islands and the glens…but they exist only in my mind, confesses Michael Jackson
September 2003, Issue 33, page 11
Whisky Magazine Issue 66
How glass affects your taste - Rise of small stills - Tamnavulin - Woodford Reserve - Jura - Ardbeg Dinner - Michael Jackson - Bunnahabhain.
Published September 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 65
Rye rebound - Blood Brothers - Teacher's - Americas whisky heartland - 50 Whiskies tasted - Barbecues - George Dickel - Woman in whisky - Benromach - Bruichladdich - Longmorn - Tullibardine.
Published July 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 64
Mixing the Magic - Cocktails - Glengyle comes of age - The Glenlivet - 40 whiskies tasted - Kilbeggan - Duncan Taylor - Grain Whisky - Events - Music - Food and much more....
Published June 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 63
World Whiskies Awards - The Best Whiskies in the World - New distilleries - Balblair Vintages - Kentucky Visitors Guide - Whisky and Food - Port Ellen and more....
Published April 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 62
Macallan Oak - Cask Strength - Canadian Whisky - Pagodas - Rankin on Rebus - Icons of Whisky 2007 - Ledaig - Glen Grant - Glenmorangie.
Published March 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 61
American Distiller of the Year - Icons of Whisky - Buffalo Trace Exclusive - Bar Exams - Premium Bourbon - Ballantines.
Published January 2007.
Whisky Magazine Issue 60
Praban na Linne - Grain production - Marmalade - Laphroaig - Cocktail time - Whisky Islands - New Zealand illicit stills - Hokonui - Compass Box - Old Pulteney - Dewar Rattray.
Published November 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 59
The Blenders Art - Kentucky Bourbon Festival - First look at reopened Scapa - Whiskey rebellion - The price of malts - 40 whiskies reviewed - Milling Malts - American Ads - Glenrothes Dinners.
Published October 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 58
Independent Bottlers Challenge - Setting up your own distillery - World of the whisky ambassador - Royal Lochnagar - Guide to Ireland - Goat Fell - Distillery Ghosts - Canadian Blends.
Published August 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 57
American idols - The legends behind the great brands - The Highlands - The Sma' Still - Speyside history - Sir Iain Noble - Cooley - Silent Stills Tasting - Gotemba - Johnnie Walker Blue.
Published July 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 56
Scotland's Lowlands - Shake it up - China and India - Glengoyne - Indian food - Highlander Inn - Japanese Tastings.
Published June 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 55
Abraham Lincoln - Up in smoke - Scotch on the rocks - Kentucky visitors' guide - Deanston - Islay and Jura - The Whisky Shop.
Published April 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 54
Icons of Whisky 2006 - Islay & Jura guide - Grain whisky - Bourbon's future - Cask strength Higlanders - Deanston.
Published March 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 53
On the roll - How malt made social gambling cool - Visiting Speyside - Isle of Jura - Auchentoshan - George Washington - Russia's whisky elite - Lowland malts tasted.
Published January 2006.
Whisky Magazine Issue 52
Break for the Border - Whiskey and moonshine - Oban Distillery - Wine Finishes - Kentucky - Improve your tasting skills - Glen Moray - Jimmy Barclay - Tullamore Dew.
Published November 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 51
Winston and whisky - Blended whisky - Talisker and Teacher's turn 175 - Glen Grant - Bourbon in Brooklyn - Wine Finishes - The glasgow whisky scandal.
Published October 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 50
50 Leading whisky quotes - 50 Top independently bottled whiskies - 50 Great drinking occasions - Aberfeldy - Bulleit bourbon - The effects of peat - Whisky and global warming..
Published September 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 49
Kentucky Bourbon - Glasgow Scotland's whisky city - A world of whisky tasting from across the globe - How to be nosey - Lagavulin - Heaven Hill - Cragganmore - The art of blending - Liqueurs.
Published July 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 48
Highland Park - Whisky Cocktails - Jack Daniel's barbecue challenge - Happy Birthday Johnnie Walker - Bruichladdich - Best whisky websites - Aberfeldy.
Published June 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 47
Celebrating Speyside - New Island Distilleries - Best Distillery tours - Islay Festival - Whisky and Cigar Challenge - Forty Creek - Whisky liqueurs.
Published April 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 46
Best of the Best - Champions of Whisky 2005 - Icons of Whisky - Glen Gant - Adelphi - Distillery buy-out two years on.
Published March 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 45
Whisky and Art - Young Malts - Whisky on the Web - Tullibardine - Cardhu - Heaven Hill - Blends vs Malts.
Published January 2005.
Whisky Magazine Issue 44
Celtic Cousins - Whisky from Wales, Cornwall and Brittany - Balblair Distillery - Blended whisky tasting - Chicago bars - Amber restaurant.
Published November 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 43
The World's best blended whisky - Jim McEwans's Whisky Academy - Irish whiskey tastings - Christmas indulgences.
Published October 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 42
State of Independence - The Macallan new expressions - Girvan - Bushmills - Innovation from Laphroaig - Widder Bar - The Wee Dram.
Published September 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 41
50 Years of Maker's Mark - Yamazaki - Aged Bourbon Tasting - Fake Whisky update - Islay Walks - Paul Rankin - Scapa.
Published July 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 40
Whisky in Greece - How whiskey fuelled the Blues - Speyside Festival - Whisky and Coffee - Special Japanese Tastings.
Published June 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 39
Cask strength Islay tasting - Longmorn - Classic malts cruise - Delilah's.
Published May 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 38
Icons of Whisky - Jerez - New York's Dale DeGroff - Old Whiskies : special Tasting.
Published April 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 37
Bill Murray - Whisky Live - Bourbon Collecting - Ice Cream - Whisky in Russia.
Published February 2004.
Whisky Magazine Issue 36
5th Birthday Issue - Monarch of the Glen - Glenrothes.
Published December 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 35
Kentucky Special - Port wood finishes - Bowmore - Own label whisky.
Published November 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 34
Sean Connery - East meets West - Irish Coffee - Whisky and sushi.
Published October 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 33
Whisky Galore - Royal Brackla - Cocktails - Burn Stewart - Chil Filtering.
Published September 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 32
Brian Cox - Whisky down under - Silent Stills - Speyside Festival.
Published July 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 31
Desert Island Drams - Whisky Cons - Liqueurs - Whisky & cigars.
Published June 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 30
Best whiskies in the world - The whisky academy - Pronounciation.
Published April 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 29
James Bond - Cooley Distillery - Indian Whisky - Festival Reviews.
Published March 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 28
Berlin bars - William Teacher - Auchentoshan - Delme Evans.
Published January 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 27
Andrew Usher - Amateur Blender - Bunnahabhain - Speyside Tasting.
Published November 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 26
Independent Bottlers - David Stewart - Buffalo Trace - Japanese Whiskies.
Published October 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 25
Whisky and humour - John Glaser - Cragganmore - Grain whisky tasting.
Published August 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 23
Iain Henderson - Ben Nevis - Eau-de-vie stills - Moonshine - Vatted Malts tasting.
Published June 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 22
Festival Previews - Collecting - Forsyth's - Caramel - 12 year olds tasting.
Published May 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 21
Whisky and art - Buying a cask - Brian Morrison - Rye Tasting.
Published February 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 20
Whisky & Literature - Glengoyne - Vintage Malts - Canadian Tasting.
Published December 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 19
Jimmy Russell - Japanese Whisky - Illicit Distilling - Bourbon Tasting.
Published November 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 17
Richard Paterson art of blending - Cadenhead - The Speyside Way.
Published July 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 16
Best of the Best 2001 - How to taste - Glenfiddich.
Published June 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 15
Spirit of Ireland - Isle of Arran - Vintage Malts - Blackadder.
Published April 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 14
Women and Whisky - Old Pulteney - Vintage Malts - Brown Forman.
Published February 2001.
Whisky Magazine Issue 13
Jim McEwan - Booker Noe - Ultimate Macallan Tasting - Aberlour Distillery.
Published December 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 12
By Royal Appointment - Jack Daniel's - Highland Park - Highland Malts.
Published November 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 11
Highland Malts Tasting - Lagavulin - Buffalo Trace - Cigars - Fishing.
Published September 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 10
Small batch bourbon - The Glenlivet - Grain Whisky - Focus on Canada.
Published June 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 9
Best selling blends - Irish Special - White Horse - Wild Turkey.
Published April 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 8
Wood finish tasting - Gordon & McPhail - Makers Mark - Edradour.
Published February 2000.
Whisky Magazine Issue 7
Millenuim Tasting - Economics of Wood - Dalmore - Bourbon uncoverd.
Published December 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 6
Isaly tasting - Travels in Speyside & Kentucky - Talisker - Bourbon uncovered.
Published October 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 5
Guide to Tobermory - Milroys of Soho - Whisky and Fish.
Published August 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 4
Matthew Gloag - Guide to Ardbeg - Whisky and smoked salmon.
Published June 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 3
Irish whiskey - Wood ageing - How malt gets its character.
Published May 1999.
Whisky Magazine Issue 2
What's it worth - Macallan - Johnnie Walker.
Published March 1999.
Brechin 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.30% 7 A warm character, just a little too assertive when it comes to oak but so uplifting.
Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 7 Dour at first then opening up in a delightful way. Take your time to get acquainted with this fellow and you'll like it.
Cadenhead's Dumbarton (Inverleven Stills) 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 A great delicacy but the strength needs to be put down by a good dash of water. But it is not enough to cut all the edges off.
Cadenhead's Millburn 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 8 Not a great aromatic display. A cardboardy touch on the palate. Water soothes alcohol a little while underlining the unidimensional aniseed/minty profile.
Clan Denny Lochside 1963, Great Single Grain
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.20% 8 A liquid pudding! Rich and old.
Convalmore 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 7 Interesting, not very well balanced but enjoyable on a cold frosty morning (or after having vacuum cleaned !).
Cooper's Choice Inchgower 1980, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Mature. Complex. A little woody for sure, but plenty of pleasant things going on elsewhere in this contemplative dram.
Dewar Rattray The Macallan 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30% 7 Puts me in mind of an aged Tequila, with a big splash of lime.
Douglas Laing Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 For the end of the evening. Of considerable complexity and will require several attempts before it's cracked. Not for everyone.
Douglas Laing Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Forget your herbal tea. Go for this fantastic Islay potion!
Douglas Laing Rosebank 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A straightforward refreshing dram. To be sipped on a summer afternoon. I would easily drop one or two ice cubes in my glass.
Duncan Taylor Caperdonich 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.90% 7 A well knitted dram. On the fruit side. More complex than it appears. Oak is well integrated. A pity such a treasure is lost!
Duncan Taylor Glen Grant 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.40% 7 A reticent nose is completely eclipsed by a huge but uncomplicated palate. Benefits greatly from water.
Duncan Taylor Inverleven 26 Years Old, Cask 1873
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10% 8 An interesting character. Much sweeter on the palate than expected from the nose. Water brings out an unpleasant cardboardy touch.
Gordon & MacPhail Glenugie 1968, 43 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 Oak is not as prevailing on the nose as on the palate. An exotic profile. Reminds me of Irish whiskey. Interesting richness. Avoid water.
Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1990, 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 The nose is appealing but the palate far tougher. Water eases the release of grassy notes. But the aromatic profile keeps shallow.
Harris Whisky Benrinnes 13 Years Old, Cask 7014
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90% 7 This youngster has some hidden depths. Promising.
James MacArthur Allt-a-Bhainne 1995 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 6 Quite harsh and burning. Alcohol is not tamed at all.
Longmorn 31 Years Old Bottle for the Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.80% 8 An extremely complex – and for me, pleasant – nose is matched by a dense and demanding palate.
McGibbon's Port Ellen 23 Years Old, Provenance
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Reminded me of old Calvados. Oak tends to overwhelm fruit but a wee dash of water tones it down. Very unpeated for a Port Ellen!
Michael Collins Blend
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Visually, a very attractive whisky – rich amber and gloriously viscous. If my suspicions are correct, an earlier expression of this whisky reminded me of a Peshwari Nan. Must be shared and discussed...
MWBH Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 7 A refreshing young whisky that would make a great aperitif when neat, or mixed in a classic Manhattan.
Old Ballantruan The Peated Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A number of surprising, and perhaps contradictory, characteristics that actually come together quite nicely in the end.
Port Ellen 1979, 25 Years Old, 5th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 A very good balance between nose and palate. An island character with a pleasant earthy background.
Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.
Rarest of the Rare Mosstowie 1975 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 7 Tempting nose, the palate is somewhat tougher. A good example of classic bourbon maturation. Pleasant.
Single Malts of Scotland Rosebank 14 Years Old, Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A surprising character. A light aromatic profile with a heavy mouthfeel. A touch of water keeps the balance right.
The Balvenie 17 Years Old, New Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Attractive in the glass, with a pleasant nose, rich in dessert notes, but is let down by a slight astringency in the palate.
Cadenhead's Classic Range Campbeltown
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Seems simple at first, but gradually reveals subtleties. Stylish, teasing.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lots of flavour but restrained and well balanced. Very confident. If there is a Speyside style, surely this is it.
Bruichladdich Second Edition 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I seem to have fallen into a breakfast reverie. This would be best with a Japanese breakfast.
Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90% 8 Not as elegant and complex as some in this flight, but the breakfast it evoked was hearty and delicious.
James MacArthur The Glenrothes 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 7 Sophisticated flavours in a delicate structure. Like elaborate petits-fours.
Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 8 A deft, attractive, dram.
Rare Malts Glen Mhor 1976 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 7 A straight-ahead, fruity, creamy, Speysider.