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Whisky Magazine writer - Neil Ridley

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Whisky Magazine Issue 139

A visit to Japan's Fuji Gotemba Distillery, Global Travel Retail special, a tour of US visitor centres, plus Icons of Whisky Rest of World results



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Neil Ridley

The Master Of Sound
Danton Supple - record producer extraordinaire

October 2016, Issue 139, page 34

What's In A Title?
Quite a lot, if you happen to be a genuine master distiller

October 2016, Issue 139, page 11

The Millennial Mindset
Neil takes a look at the market approach taken by Scotch

September 2016, Issue 138, page 11

Referendum In or Out
Whatever the outcome, there is a bright future for European whiskies

July 2016, Issue 137, page 11

The Prince of Rock
Raising a dram in tribute to the Royal Highness of pop

June 2016, Issue 136, page 9

The Apocalypse is Nigh…
Where has all the whisky gone?

April 2016, Issue 135, page 11

What's Your Poison?
Calculating your daily intake

March 2016, Issue 134, page 11

January Bleakness Leads To...
Some whisky predictions for 2016

January 2016, Issue 133, page 11

The Magnificent Seven – Part Two
Neil Ridley reflects on some of the most memorable world whiskies he has enjoyed in the past

January 2016, Issue 133, page 44

The Voice-o-Graph
There's a vinyl revolution in the air

January 2016, Issue 133, page 51

Battle Of The Blends Result
Neil Ridley wins by a dram

December 2015, Issue 132, page 11

Ridley Takes the Reins
Does the whisky industry have a problem with transparency?

December 2015, Issue 132, page 13

A light shines down on Beam Suntory

December 2015, Issue 132, page 29

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

Craft Fair?
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

Cherry Aid
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

Fusing Flavours
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

Maturing Nicely
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

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

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



Whisky Magazine Issue 139

Whisky Magazine Issue 139
A visit to Japan's Fuji Gotemba Distillery, Global Travel Retail special, a tour of US visitor centres, plus Icons of Whisky Rest of World results.

Published October 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 138

Whisky Magazine Issue 138
A roundup of Canadian whisky and blends, Arran and Paul John Distillery Focus plus Australian whisky supplement.

Published September 2016.

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 136

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory.

Published June 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 134

Whisky Magazine Issue 134
AWARDS SPECIAL: The Best Whiskies in the World, Icons of Whisky Global and the Hall of Fame..

Published March 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 133

Whisky Magazine Issue 133
The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery.

Published January 2016.

Whisky Magazine Issue 132

Whisky Magazine Issue 132
Japan Whisky In Harmony, Balblair Distillery, Beam Suntory, Tomatin Distillery.

Published December 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 130

Whisky Magazine Issue 130
Global Travel Retail, Coppersmiths, Favourite Blends, Texas Whiskey.

Published September 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 127

Whisky Magazine Issue 127
A Focus on Speyside, Allt-á-Bhainne, Kentucky Visitor Centres, Golf and Whisky.

Published April 2015.

Whisky Magazine Issue 124

Whisky Magazine Issue 124
David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus.

Published December 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 123

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America.

Published October 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Whisky Magazine Issue 122
Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant.

Published September 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 120

Whisky Magazine Issue 120
The Flavour of Islay and Jura, The Sazerac Trail, London Bars Guide, Bruichladdich.

Published June 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 117

Whisky Magazine Issue 117
Titanic Belfast, Small Batch Blends, Toronto and Maker's Mark.

Published February 2014.

Whisky Magazine Issue 111

Whisky Magazine Issue 111
Kentucky, Louisville, Benromach.

Published April 2013.

Whisky Magazine Issue 110

Whisky Magazine Issue 110
World Whiskies Awards edition 2013.

Published March 2013.

Whisky Magazine Issue 109

Whisky Magazine Issue 109
African Adventure | Caribbean Smuggling | San Francisco.

Published February 2013.

Whisky Magazine Issue 108

Whisky Magazine Issue 108
Johnnie Walker - Lagavulin Distillery - Suntory.

Published December 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 107

Whisky Magazine Issue 107
Movies & Moonshine - Junior Johnson - Bushmills Cask Guitars.

Published October 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 106

Whisky Magazine Issue 106
Independent Bottlers' Challenge 2012 - Islay - Drinkers Guide Edinburgh.

Published September 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 104

Whisky Magazine Issue 104
The Macallan, Alternative Grains, Adnams & much more....

Published June 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 103

Whisky Magazine Issue 103
World Whiskies Awards edition 2012.

Published April 2012.

Whisky Magazine Issue 100

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

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

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

Whisky Magazine Issue 96
Jura - Your guide to Speyside - Sydney bars guide and much more....

Published June 2011.

Whisky Magazine Issue 95

Whisky Magazine Issue 95
World Whiskies Awards and much more....

Published April 2011.

Whisky Magazine Issue 94

Whisky Magazine Issue 94
Photo challenge 2010 winners revealed - Dr Vijay Mallya - Midleton Distillery.

Published March 2011.

Whisky Magazine Issue 93

Whisky Magazine Issue 93
Four Roses - Mount Vernon - Old Crow Distillery and much more.

Published January 2011.

Whisky Magazine Issue 91

Whisky Magazine Issue 91
Music special part - Back to the seventies - Fettercairn and much more....

Published October 2010.

Whisky Magazine Issue 90

Whisky Magazine Issue 90
Music Special - Ailsa Bay - Independent Bottlers' Challenge and much more....

Published September 2010.

Whisky Magazine Issue 89

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

Whisky Magazine Issue 88
Benromach Distillery - Incense - Sherry Casks - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more....

Published June 2010.

Whisky Magazine Issue 86

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

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.

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Whisky Magazine Issue 84

Whisky Magazine Issue 84
Boutique Speyside - Explore The Balvenie - Japanese Focus - Cocktails from New Orleans - Bunnahabhain - Buffalo Trace - Mackmyra - SMWS and much more....

Published January 1970.

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?

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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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Isle of Skye 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A beautiful, mature whisky

Mackmyra Midvinter
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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Talisker Skye
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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

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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.

Corsair Ryemageddon
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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glendronach Tawny Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Elegant, feminine and flirtatious. Gives you the wink and easy to drink.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glengoyne 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 It feels old but not fragile.

Glenmorangie Dornoch
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.

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Kilchoman, Abbey Whisky Exclusive 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
8 A huge big bruiser - quite a showstopper!



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