A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
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Tom BG began writing about drink 20 years ago, starting with wine and progressing to whisky when he moved back to Scotland in 1998. He has worked for The Sunday Telegraph, Decanter, Harpers and Whisky...
October 2011, Issue 99, page 13
Anything but a Greek tragedy
Greece has one of the biggest markets for whisky in the world. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
June 2004, Issue 40, page 34
Reach for the Skye
Caroline Whitfield decided to give up life in the fast lane in London and decided to set up a distillery in The Shetlands instead. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
May 2004, Issue 39, page 29
A lord among malts (Glenrothes)
Glenrothes has a formidable reputation as a single malt and is a key component in the internationally renowned Cutty Sark. Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited the distillery
December 2003, Issue 36, page 42
Le momentum du malt
France remains an exciting and intriguing territory for whisky. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
September 2003, Issue 33, page 32
Amanti del whisky di qualita
Tom Bruce-Gardyne investigates the success of an Italian club for whisky-lovers: the Single Malt Club of Scotland
June 2003, Issue 31, page 54
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Some of the great whisky brands have remained popular, others have all but disappeared. Why? Tom Bruce-Gardyne investigates
April 2003, Issue 30, page 26
A taste of India
The market for whisky in India is huge. Tom Bruce-Gardyne examines its colourful, unconventional nature
March 2003, Issue 29, page 26
Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports on a firm which has flourished bottling fine single malts
January 2003, Issue 28, page 34
Top of the class
Tom Bruce-Gardyne examines the life and times of the determined, self-made whisky pioneer William Teacher
January 2003, Issue 28, page 26
A class of their own
Tom Bruce-Gardyne looks into the story of the Haig empire
October 2002, Issue 26, page 48
An alternative whisky map of the world...
Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes an irreverent look at the world's 15 largest whisky markets - plus the characters and caricatures you might find in each country. The world of whisky is full of exaggerated per...
July 2002, Issue 24, page 24
Frontier spirit (Oddbins)
A drinks retail pioneer, Oddbins stands head and shoulders above many other UK chains for the way it approaches and sells Scotch – like a fellow whisky lover. Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds out more
June 2002, Issue 23, page 48
A choice dram
Tom Bruce-Gardyne meets one of single-cask bottling's real success stories, as Lorne Mackillop and his Mackillop's Choice label go from strength to strength
May 2002, Issue 22, page 48
The Forsyth's saga
Tom Bruce-Gardyne visits Speyside still-makers Forsyth's to find out about the leading coppersmiths
May 2002, Issue 22, page 44
A right royal return (Carneronbridge)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds that Carneronbridge Distillery is ready to return to the public eye after years in the background of the Scottish whisky industry- all thanks to a member of the Royal family
February 2002, Issue 21, page 38
Why Scotch is sexy in Spain
Tom Bruce-Gardyne explores the reasons, both cultural and political, behind Spain becoming the world's biggest consumer of Scotch whisky and with an image quite unlike any other
December 2001, Issue 20, page 66
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to Fred and Stewart Laing, the independent bottlers who are not only brothers and business partners but a potentially successful cabaret duo as well
November 2001, Issue 19, page 38
The black sheep of the family (The Whisky Shop)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to self-confessed black sheep of the family, Peter Semple, who almost by accident found himself eventually running the largest chain of independent whisky shops in the UK
November 2001, Issue 19, page 66
From hacks to hospitality (The Scotsman Hotel)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne visits the heart of Edinburgh and a new luxury hotel that has taken over the former home of Scotland's national newspaper – The Scotsman Hotel
September 2001, Issue 18, page 60
From soft touch to cask strength
Tom Bruce-Gardyne recounts the history of Cadenhead, a company once regarded as a “soft touch” but now better known for being quick to spot business opportunities in the whisky industry
July 2001, Issue 17, page 44
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to Sir James Ackroyd and Ricky Christie, two of the key figures searching for 'little gems' in an attempt to revive Speyside Distillery.
June 2001, Issue 16, page 44
Blackadder goes forth
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to Robin Tcek, proprietor of the independent bottler blackadder, and finds out why he dislikes filtering, industry attitudes and armchairs
April 2001, Issue 15, page 52
Gangsters, guns and the real McCoy
Tom Bruce-Gardyne traces the history of Berry Bros. and Rudd through Prohibition, a period that saw the birth of one of themost famous blends in the world, Cutty Sark.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 32
Dinner with the keeper
The keepers of the Quaich are a clan shrouded with mystery. Tom Bruce Gardyne reveals what it's like to experience one of their twice yearly gatherings.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 32
An eccentric entrepreneur is seeking to challenge Talsiker's status as the only distillery on Skye. Tom Bruce-Gardyne went ot meet the man behind a special brand of Gaelic whisky.
September 2000, Issue 11, page 52
The battle for independence
Tom Bruce Gardyne profiles Muray McDavid, the enfant terrible of independent bottlers.
September 2000, Issue 11, page 56
Andrew Symington has made huge success of Signatory, the world's second largest independent bottler. But this is just the beginning, as Tom Bruce-Gardyne found out.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 48
The original Mrs doubtfire
A woman's touch has made Drambuie the force it is today, with a little bit of help form Bonnie Prince Charlei. Tom Bruce Gardyne sheds light on some legendary characters.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 52
Peter the great
Restless genius Peter Mackie was a true champion of malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne describes the life of the whisky baron who created the White Horse.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 66
The glass of whisky in my hand is a pale, straw gold with the faint aroma of pears. Its flavour is gentle, understated and above all smooth. So smooth that someone, after probably at least a bottle, w...
February 2000, Issue 8, page 54
The best is yet to come
Handsome dividends could be in store for whisky drinkers and the Scotch industry, now Scotland has its own government.Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
February 2000, Issue 8, page 58
Sweet juice of success
Tom Bruce-Gardyne wades through the archives to discover the extraordinary story of two young brothers who spawned the great whisky dynasty of Dewar's
December 1999, Issue 7, page 64
The Splendour of Speyside
Nature and native cunning have nurtured the distillery industry on the banks of the Spey. Tom Bruce-Gardyne took a trip through a whisky wonderland
October 1999, Issue 6, page 68
The several lives of Tobermory
Tobermory distillery has made whisky for only 14 of the last 69 years- and its incarnations have included a blend and a vatted malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne mulls over it.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 24
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 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 36
5th Birthday Issue - Monarch of the Glen - Glenrothes.
Published December 2003.
Whisky Magazine Issue 33
Whisky Galore - Royal Brackla - Cocktails - Burn Stewart - Chil Filtering.
Published September 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 26
Independent Bottlers - David Stewart - Buffalo Trace - Japanese Whiskies.
Published October 2002.
Whisky Magazine Issue 24
The world of whisky - Max Shapira - Glenfarclas - New world whisky tasting.
Published July 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 18
Whisky & Cigars - Islay Whisky Festival - Glenmorangie.
Published September 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 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.