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Whisky Magazine Issue 121

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Neil Ridley

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

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

Prodigal sons
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

Forever young
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

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Mixing history
Neil Ridley looks at two important cocktail tomes.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 44

 

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Published January 1970.

Cutty Sark Storm
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A little muted – not singing at full pelt, but not whispering either. Perhaps lacks a bit of direction.

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Years Old PX Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.10%
7 I wonder if this is a finish that may have had a little too long in its extra oak overcoat?

Darkness! Benrinnes 15 Years Old Oloroso Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90%
8 I am usually not a huge fan of these big oaky monsters, but this nails the nose perfectly. The dry palate will be a problem for others though.

Darkness! Benrinnes 15 YEars Old PX Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.30%
7 There is a theme running in these samples. Huge merits, but the tannic note takes the edge off slightly.

Darkness! Clynelish 16 Years Old Oloroso Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
8 Absolutely tremendous. Mouth coating, yet easy to drink. It's like the complex band on Later with Jools Holland that you've never heard of but totally fall in love with after one song.

Darkness! Macallan 15 Years Old PX Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30%
8 A bumper crop of flavours at work here. Superb stuff.

Elements of Islay Ar4
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10%
7 Nicely done. Campfire sing-songs all round. One for a chilly night at Glastonbury.

Elements of Islay Bn6
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
8 Supremely dark matter. Like an exhilarating run through a haunted house with your trousers on fire.

Elements of Islay Lp5
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.40%
8 A finely integrated peat monster. A little dry but pleasing nonetheless.

Few Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.50%
7 A tricky one. I would hazard a bet this has a strange mash bill. It's clever but a little too difficult to pin down.

Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.00%
8 Quality whisky making here; everything sits nicely and at exactly the right volume.

Glencadam 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 Lingering, summery and takes ages to finish. Like a good Test Match.

Laphroaig Select
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Pretty much a one-dimensional dram; fine if you like explosive youthful peat smoke.

Lombard Gold Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Fresh, summery and very easy drinking. Nothing to dislike here, at all.

Lombard Old Masters
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A whisky that has plenty going on but stops short at being exceptional in any of its merits. Perfect as an introduction to the category.

Stronachie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Pleasant, deliciously sweet and fragrant. Certainly not shy and retiring.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Allt-A-Bhainne Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.20%
7 A little lightweight, but not without its fruity merits.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company North British Batch 1
Single Grain - Scotland - 51.10%
8 Grain whiskies are largely hit and miss, but this one is certainly in the hit camp. Very solid and reliable.

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Bold and very well balanced; taking just the right amount of magic from the wood.

Tomatin 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Robust enough to hold its own after a lavish dessert – a choice worth considering if holding a little evening soirée.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Tomatin 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Whisky of the month, by a slender margin. This is refined and just the right age. A good eye (and palate) put this beauty together.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Whisky Shack Company Storm
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Well developed, balanced and very easy to drink. Another solid introduction to malt whisky for a newbie.

Balblair 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 A lovely dram, brightening like the promise of a warm summer.

Balblair 2003
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Either a young whisky or a whisky matured in a tired cask. Not unpleasant but too thin. I can imagine it in a granité or as a thirst quencher in summer with lots of ice.

Compass Box Whisky The General
Blended - Scotland - 53.40%
8 All the components of an old fellow. The ideal after - dinner dram.

Discovery Road Four Lions
Single Malt - England - 46.00%
A burning feel. Alcohol is not well mastered. And that oily note is not pleasant.

Discovery Road Smile
Rye - Netherlands - 46.00%
4 An aromatic whisky, with a full fruity character. Very well structured.

Evans Williams Single Barrel 2004
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 An old Bourbon? The nose is very interesting. The palate maybe a little behind. Avoid water.

Glenmorangie Companta
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
4 A well balanced sherry whisky. I prefer the palate to the nose with this.

HIghland Park Freya
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20%
8 A classic Bourbon cask maturation. Refreshing and satisfying. A good springtime malt to enjoy with smoked salmon.

Hudson Maple Cask Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00%
7 The nose is floral to start with then shifting to that fish oil note which disappears at times. The palate is completely different, certainly wood driven.

Johnnie Walker The Royal Route
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Not unpleasant but not much character. And that cereal sweetness is cloying.

Rock Town Arkansas
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00%
7 Difficult to class this sample in the whisky category. Some odd maturation and/or finish? Too bitter for my palate.

Slyrs Sherry Edition No.1
Single Malt - Netherlands - 46.00%
7 An autumnal dram with a good uplifting profile. Refreshing and lively. Fruit and oak elegantly mingle. I would avoid water.

Slyrs Sherry Edition No.1
Single Malt - Netherlands - 46.00%
7 This whisky needs time to fully express itself. Oak is prevailing which makes the whisky unbalanced.

 

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