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The Magnificent 7
Contributing Editor Neil Ridley looks back on some of the very best blended whiskies he has experienced
September 2015, Issue 130, page 29
Drinkin' Like it's 1985
The phenomenon of ‘vintage' bottles of whisky
April 2015, Issue 127, page 11
Million dollar dram
Footballing legend David Beckham is the latest high profile celebrity to release a spirits brand, with his Haig Club
December 2014, Issue 124, page 32
The Miniature World of Whiskies
Neil examines the industry's purpose in sending these out
October 2014, Issue 123, page 14
Has the distillation world effectively spawned an uncontrollable, unregulated monster
September 2014, Issue 122, page 22
Bars Guide: London
Capital investment. Let Neil Ridley take you through the bars of London
June 2014, Issue 120, page 51
The year ahead
You wait mate… 2014 is going to be p**s-yourself-mental…' I heard behind me as I queued up to pay for the bulging trolley of drinks I had filled at my local supermarket on New Year's Eve. Quite wh...
February 2014, Issue 117, page 14
A Spicy Experience
Elbow deep in rices, spices and whiskie.
April 2013, Issue 111, page 56
A Maverick State
Can an area steeped in as much tradition as Speyside produce a few true modern mavericks? Neil Ridley catches up with the free thinkers, and the liquid, that have changed the course of thinking in the...
March 2013, Issue 110, page 34
The Path to Enlightenment
Neil Ridley charts the rise in popularity of the dedicated cigar lounge and gets the low down on the best liquid pairings from those in the know
February 2013, Issue 109, page 54
The Sole Man
Neil Ridley meets the shoemaker with a passion for whisky and the blues
December 2012, Issue 108, page 52
Neil Ridley has a few suggestions to get your Manhattan perfect and your Sour really singing
October 2012, Issue 107, page 38
The Naked Spirit
Ever wondered what your favourite whisky would taste like when stripped of its colour? Neil Ridley experiences a moment of clarity
October 2012, Issue 107, page 30
A Wealth of Choice
Neil Ridley meets the independent bottlers dedicated to bringing consumers something a little different.
September 2012, Issue 106, page 14
Drams & Cultures in Auld Reekie
Neil Ridley heads out in Scotland's capital
September 2012, Issue 106, page 44
William Curley is officially Britain's Best Chocolatier, having been given the prestigious accolade four years running by the Academy Of Chocolate, for his innovative approach to flavour. Neil Ridley...
June 2012, Issue 104, page 26
Neil Ridleyis a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and a number of publications including Imbibe, The Malt Whisky Yearbook, The Evening Standard and Aston Martin Magazine. He also sits on the pane...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 13
Return and Burn
Neil Ridley visits Diageo's main cooperage to find out how cask life is being extended
April 2012, Issue 103, page 25
The Angels' Share - Ken Loach
Ken Loach is one of the finest filmmakers the UK has produced. Neil Ridley caught up with him on the eve of the release of his next film, The Angels' Share, a story of how whisky impacts on a group of...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 45
BIRTH OF A LEGEND
Ichiro Akuto has been a major player in the world of artisinal Japanese whisky for more than a decade, well known for bottling the successful Hanyu Card Series. Neil Ridleycatches up for a dram on the...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 68
THE ORCADIAN FIRE
Canadian band, Arcade Fire are one of the most talked about acts in the world, having won both Grammy and Brit Awards for their critically acclaimed album The Suburbs and attracting an army of fans fr...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 54
Man on a Mission
Neil Ridley meets the biker, presenter, adventurer and whisky lover...
October 2011, Issue 99, page 14
The Goodwood Revival
Coopering apprentice Neil Ridley tries his hand at making a cask.
October 2011, Issue 99, page 46
Behind Closed Doors
A new movement of discreet 'speakeasy' styled bars have started to take our capital by storm. Neil Ridley knocks three times and finds out what all the fuss is about.
July 2011, Issue 97, page 48
Scents and Sensibility
Roja Dove is one of the world's most celebrated names in the fragrance industry. The 'Professeur de Parfums' recently working with The Macallan to help broaden the understanding of the aromas found in...
June 2011, Issue 96, page 22
The Appliance of Science
Neil Ridley meets the men behind two revolutionary establishments and gets a science lesson in the process
June 2011, Issue 96, page 52
La Gran Turismo
Touring the world as a solo musician can be a lonely affair, usually from behind the wheel of a trusty people carrier. However some musicians do things in a slightly different way. Neil Ridley joins S...
April 2011, Issue 95, page 42
Never Mind the Baltics
The Baltic region is emerging as a new and exciting market for Scotch whisky exports, Neil Ridley heads to Lithuania for the opening night of the country's very first whisky bar
March 2011, Issue 94, page 42
The Jewel of Orkney
Neil J. Ridley talks to Scottish jewellery designer Maeve Gilles about the inspiration behind Highland Park's 50 Year Old
January 2011, Issue 93, page 26
Dispelling the myths
This month, Diageo's £40 million complex at Roseisle opened its doors to the press, offering an insight into one of Scotland's most ambitious - and controversial distillery projects in the last deca...
October 2010, Issue 91, page 46
The Distillery's muse
Richard Hawley is a singer-songwriter who has carved a name for himself as a solo artist. Neil J. Ridley caught up with the Sheffield - based
October 2010, Issue 91, page 18
For the past few years London's Nu-Folk scene has been quietly bristling away in the basements of a few nondescript pubs and cafes. But now, a close-knit group of young creative musicians and writers ...
September 2010, Issue 90, page 16
Whisky a Quo Quo
After 45 years on the road, Status Quo are arguably Britain's ultimate kings of Rock and Roll. And with a career spanning 32 hit albums and an astonishing 118 million records sold, you'd assume that t...
September 2010, Issue 90, page 12
Ice cold in Tokyo
With Japanese bar culture increasingly influencing many of Europe's leading mixologists, so there is no better time to discover some of the unique ways to enjoy the country's whisky too. Neil J. Ridle...
July 2010, Issue 89, page 50
The English Revolution
Could we be on the edge of a English distilling revival, Neil J. Ridley looks to the past for an answer and Dominic Roskrow looks at the current legal side of the issue.
June 2010, Issue 88, page 14
Whisky Magazine Issue 130
Global Travel Retail, Coppersmiths, Favourite Blends, Texas Whiskey.
Published September 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.
Published April 2015.
Whisky Magazine Issue 124
David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus.
Published December 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 123
The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America.
Published October 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 122
Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant.
Published September 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 120
The Flavour of Islay and Jura, The Sazerac Trail, London Bars Guide, Bruichladdich.
Published June 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 117
Titanic Belfast, Small Batch Blends, Toronto and Maker's Mark.
Published February 2014.
Whisky Magazine Issue 109
African Adventure | Caribbean Smuggling | San Francisco.
Published February 2013.
Whisky Magazine Issue 108
Johnnie Walker - Lagavulin Distillery - Suntory.
Published December 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 107
Movies & Moonshine - Junior Johnson - Bushmills Cask Guitars.
Published October 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 106
Independent Bottlers' Challenge 2012 - Islay - Drinkers Guide Edinburgh.
Published September 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 104
The Macallan, Alternative Grains, Adnams & much more....
Published June 2012.
Whisky Magazine Issue 100
The Whisky Magazine anniversary issue celebrates 100 years of the greatest whisky people, the 21st Century's 100 greatest bottles and the 100 greatest distilleries to visit plus much more....
Published December 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 99
Charley Boorman - Drayman's Distillery - A drinker's guide to Paris - Micro Distilling and much more....
Published October 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 97
USA spotlight: Wild Turkey, New York, Jack Daniel's and Diageo and much more....
Published July 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 96
Jura - Your guide to Speyside - Sydney bars guide and much more....
Published June 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 95
World Whiskies Awards and much more....
Published April 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 94
Photo challenge 2010 winners revealed - Dr Vijay Mallya - Midleton Distillery.
Published March 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 93
Four Roses - Mount Vernon - Old Crow Distillery and much more.
Published January 2011.
Whisky Magazine Issue 91
Music special part - Back to the seventies - Fettercairn and much more....
Published October 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 90
Music Special - Ailsa Bay - Independent Bottlers' Challenge and much more....
Published September 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 89
Woodford Reserve - US micro distilleries - Glenlivet - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more....
Published July 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 88
Benromach Distillery - Incense - Sherry Casks - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more....
Published June 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 86
Shackleton's whisky - Dalwhinnie - New York Bars - Kilbeggan - Cocktails - Peat - Icons of Whisky 2010 and much more....
Published February 2010.
Whisky Magazine Issue 85
Bourbon's Liquid Legend - Elmer T. Lee on 90 years of the American spirit - A drinker's tour of Louisville - Millstone distillery - The Lowlands & much more....
Published January 2010.
Ancient Mariner Tobermory 1996 Cask Number 349
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.10% 7 Not exactly my favoured style of whisky but it has fruit and sweetness to balance the ‘spirit' character.
anCnoc Distilled 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.20% 8 It really comes alive on the finish as those spices kick in.
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1988 Littlemill Cask #33
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 It's an enjoyable aperitif style whisky. My only gripe is that the oak bites a little hard on the finish.
Black Mountain BM No2
Blended - France - 42.00% 7 A lovely malt, which runs out of steam a little on the palate. I would have liked to have seen a little more oak interaction.
Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The oak has the spirit in its vice-like grip!
Corsair Buck Yeah!
Pot Still - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 Definitely left of centre. It has more than a passing resemblance to the Corsair Rasputin. For the record I love it!
Dunville's VR Old Irish Whiskey
Single Malt - Northern Ireland - 46.00% 8 Interesting! I don't think I have ever tasted a whisky with so much winey fruit.
Edradour The Fairy Flag 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Pleasant, complex malt with all the character derived from the sherry cask.
Glendalough 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 Now this is the sort of whisky that excites me. Complex and full of character. Has some unmalted barley been used here?
Ichiro's Malt Card Joker
Single Malt - Japan - 57.70% 8 Now this is how I like my sherry matured whiskies, with a bit of age and oxidation notes to add character.
Isle of Skye 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A beautiful, mature whisky
Single Malt - Sweden - 46.10% 8 An all-round lovely malt. An Irish rye whiskey perhaps?
Millstone The Whisky Exchange Exclusive Dutch Single Rye Whisky
Rye - Netherlands - 58.60% 8 Now that's an impressive oak monster. Like a high rye content American, but I don't think it is.
Paul John Indian Single Malt Single Cask Peated #777
Single Malt - India - 59.20% 8 Like a dusty, mature Bowmore.
Redbreast Mano a Lámh
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 I thought it was going to be a fairly simple grain whisky and then it sprang to life on the finish.
Skip Rock Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 43.00% 8 A fabulous nose. Maybe more time in the cask might have helped the palate.
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 8 Seriously impressive. The combination of oils and soot stick to the palate.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tobermory Batch 3
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 8 A superbly balanced whisky.
The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It's pleasant enough in an unassuming way. Although it does fill out on the palate I would have liked to have seen it bottled at 43 or 46%.
Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye Whiskey Lot #7 Small Batch
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 42.00% 7 It's another of those love / hate whiskies. Interesting!
Wemyss Vintage Malts Oysters With Lemon Pearls
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Hmmm... I think I'm having a When Sally Met Harry moment!
291 Bad Boy Colorado Bourbon Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 A slight disconnect between nose and palate but give it time.
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 A big boy bruiser with a tender heart.
Balblair Highland Single Malt 1999 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A gentle personality and a crowd pleaser.
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 Assertive, the spirit isn't being pushed around by the oak.
Elmer T. Lee Commemorative Edition
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50% 8 Upfront, in your face and hard to dislike. If Dolly Parton was a whisky – it's this!
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2014 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.00% 8 A complex weave, this takes water and time to unravel.
Glendronach Tawny Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Elegant, feminine and flirtatious. Gives you the wink and easy to drink.
Glengoyne 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 It feels old but not fragile.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 This whispers in your ear and draws you in – very restrained and sophisticated.
Grand Traverse Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 Curious – it was more like a liqueur than a whisky.
Hellyers Road Distillery Tasmania Original 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Australia - 46.20% 8 Exceedingly good but don't leave it for too long.
Highland Park Dark Origins
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.80% 7 The sherry masks more subtle flavours so it feels a little one-dimensional.
K5 Himalayan Whisky
Blended - Bhutan - 40.00% 7 A little lacking and thin, perhaps it was too young.
Kilchoman, Abbey Whisky Exclusive 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 A huge big bruiser - quite a showstopper!