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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
Armed with a bottle of Lagavulin 16 years Old and a bag of records, Neil J. Ridley caught up with influential music producer Youth to discuss a cyclical life, recording bands in the nude and why he's ...
February 2010, Issue 86, page 26
A thoroughly Scottish night in
Neil Ridley donned his tweeds, applied the moustache wax and packed the picnic blanket for a splendid night in...
January 2010, Issue 85, page 20
Neil Ridley looks at two important cocktail tomes.
January 1970, Issue 84, page 44
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.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask 1958 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.70% 8 ?Direct and blunt, but with the right amount of intelligence and personality.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1959 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 ?For a ridiculously elderly gentleman, this still has plenty to entertain with. Perhaps the spiciest of the siblings so far.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1963 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50% 7 ?Not without merit, but just not quite as exciting, or engaging as the previous whiskies.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1965 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 ?Another big tannic beast.
Abbey Whisky Caperdonich 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 ?My first ‘summer' whisky and it is only March. Here comes the sun.
Aberfeldy Bits of Strange 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 8 ?Everything in its right place here and no mistake.
Aberfeldy Single Cask 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 8 ?Introduce this to the palate and it will hang around till after dinner but won't outstay its welcome.
Auchentoshan 1979 Oloroso 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.50% 8 ?Excellent.
Auchentoshan Valinch 2012
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 7 ?Pleasant in parts, but the oak hasn't been as friendly to this as you would have hoped.
Dry Fly Port Finish Wheat
Wheat - U.S.A. - 42.00% 8 ?Hard to pin an age on this, as it has some lovely fresh youthfulness, but an elegant maturity too.
Dry Fly Triticle
Grain - U.S.A. - 42.00% 8 ?A big, rich classic Bourbon note to this one. Well played.
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 ?A no nonsense, yet elegant Bourbon.
George A. Dickel's Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 ?Pleasant, spicy and very drinkable indeed.
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80% 8 ?Despite its appearance in a youthful, trendy overcoat, this has some developing, interesting and complex under garments.
Glenfarclas 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 ?Polite, lightweight and won't swear at the dinner table.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1953 Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 8 ?Delightfully balanced
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1957 Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.70% 7 ?On one hand, I admire how one-dimensional this is, but it isn't going to be for everyone.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1963 Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50% 7 ?Not without merit, but just not quite as exciting as the previous whiskies.
Glenmorangie Ealanta 19 Years Old
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 ?Less complexity on the palate, but the nose can pop round for a visit anytime it likes.
Master of Malt Ardbeg 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 ?Try describing ‘Islay' to someone who has never visited before. If they still don't get it, give them a dram of this.
Master of Malt Aultmore 5 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 66.80% 7 ?At this strength, one wonders what it's trying to prove.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bowmore
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 ?The nose leads the way with, a very fine balance, then the palate takes you somewhere else.
Compass Box Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary
Blended - Scotland - 48.90% 7 Well put together, with a nice display of spice and peat.
Compass Box The Entertainer
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Despite its almost saccharine sweetness, it's hard not to enjoy this as a belting peaty dram. Just remember to brush your teeth after each glass.
Dimensions Strathmill 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 7 A very dry dram, with some interesting fruity moments.
Elements of Islay Elements of Islay PL1
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 With water, this shows signs of popping its head over to the other side, but only fleetingly.
Glen Garioch Glen Garioch 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 Solid and drinkable.
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 Magnificent in every way, especially the finish.
Master of Malt Aberlour 1995 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 Balanced, fresh and fruity – a fine opening dram for the evening.
Master of Malt Glen Garioch 1990 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.80% 8 Approaching its twilight years, but still with a definite spring in its step. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Scott's Selection Inchmurrin 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 A strangely closed nose, with a very vibrant, fruit driven palate.
Scott's Selection The Speyside 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50% 7 The touches of rubber are a little disappointment, but the other notes make up for any indiscretions.
Scott's Selection Tomatin 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 7 Quite a limited palate, but really pleasant enough.
Selected by Berry's Bunnahabhain 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10% 8 A bold statement, this one. If you like heavily sherried drams, this will appeal, if not, perhaps time to reconsider.
Selected by Berry's Longmorn 1992 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 This has some characterful notes, but not enough to raise it into the echelons of other whiskies of comparable age.