From the Editor
Welcome to our very first issue of Whisky Magazine. We have been working on this launch issue for many months now, and hope you have as much fun reading it as we had putting it together. We haven't ma...
January 1999, Issue 1, page 5
Life beyond Lagavulin
Michael Jackson refutes the belief that new devotees of whisky want blandness in thei drams
January 1999, Issue 1, page 7
Cups of despair
Jim Murray describes the horror of being offered plastic tasting glasses too tiny and too primitive even for wine, never mind whisky
January 1999, Issue 1, page 8
A taxing problem
Jens Tholstrup describes being taxed to the hilt in his native country, and deprived of a decent choice of malts into the bargain
January 1999, Issue 1, page 20
Wainwright on whisky (Rob Wainwright)
Damian Riley-Smith talks to Scottish rugby star Rob Wainwright about winning matches, losing salmon and the contents of his hip flask, Photographs by Will Boxall.
January 1999, Issue 1, page 27
The ghost in the machine
Charles Maclean takes a midnight tour of spectural distillery dogs ghostly maltmen and spirit footsteps that are silenced by the burning of boots. So draw the curtains and gather round the fire
January 1999, Issue 1, page 34
On the edge of the world (Laphroaig)
The peat-reek and iodine fullness of Laphroaig is the epitome of Islay; and it has changed little since the distillery was founded in the early nineteenth century, says Neil Wilson
January 1999, Issue 1, page 38
Staring in to the abyss
In a new series on whisky in rock music,Lew Guthrie III looks at American alternative country rock band Richmond Fontaine
January 1999, Issue 1, page 43
Why take unnecessary Risks? Stick to your usual Bottle of Glenwhater.
There's nothing safe about our single malt. We offer no money back guarantee if you're not totally satisfied. We're well aware that the uncompomising taste of Laphroaig (La-froyg) leads to extemes. It...
January 1999, Issue 1, page 47
Water through granite
The character of Speyside malts has been forged by geography and geology. Dave Broom looks at how remote glens and freezing water combined to produce consistent quality moonshine.
January 1999, Issue 1, page 52
Tomorrow's malt (Balvnie)
Tucked under the roof of Balvnie is a brand new and entirely separate distillery. Jim Murray charts the progress of Kininvie, currently 8 years old and maturing nicely
January 1999, Issue 1, page 56
The nose has it: Charles Maclean on how to tast whisky, and exactly what your nose can tell you.
January 1999, Issue 1, page 60
Trial by jury
Every issue of whisky magazine will review whiskies new fot the market tasted by regular contributor Michael Jackson and Jim Murray. Here Michael prepares the way by explaining the criteria he uses wh...
January 1999, Issue 1, page 62
Glenweevil an everyday story of distilling folk 1
To prove that Whisky magazine has its ear well and truly to the ground, we would like to introduce our fly-on-the-wall, worm's-eye-view of the Scotch whisky industry. Any resemblance to persons living...
January 1999, Issue 1, page 74
Highland Park 1977 Bicentenary Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 4 A great malt: luxurious, profound, full of the flavours of Scotland
Glenfiddich 15 Years Old, Solera Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Elegant. Well-balanced to the point of suavity.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A little more roundness would have been appreciated.
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 4 Ardbeg is one of my great favourites, and this is one of the best versions I have tasted recently.
Cock o' the North Liqueur Single Malt Whisky Liqueur
- Scotland - 35.00% 3 The less obviously whiskyish of these two liqueurs.
Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liqueur
- Scotland - 0.00% 3 A mid-evening treat when the open fire is glowing and the family gathered.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 3 Very juicy wood, but just too much of it?
Glenmorangie Fino Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 The light saltiness in a coastal whisky and near-coastal sherry make this a delight.
The Century of Malts Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 4 Gentle, smooth and delicately balanced, but with some underlying muscle. Complex and sophisticated. More of a James Bond than a Braveheart.
The Macallan 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 3 The finish does have the same effortless charm as the ‘46 or the 25 Years Old. Sensational nose.
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