In this issue - 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
Welcome to Whisky Magazine
You know, sometimes it takes one of those late night malt moments to realise what it is all about: where you fit in, what life really means and how whisky pervades everything. Now I am not talking ab...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 5
The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the second round of voting our focus turns to the USA.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 6
First New Bottling - Glenglassaugh
On the 24th November 2008, 22 years after it fell silent, Alex Salmon, first minister of Scotland started the inaugural milling for the first mash of a new era for Glenglassaugh distillery.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 7
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world's toughest rowing race, was launched on 9th November .
December 2011, Issue 100, page 7
All that Jazz...
Jazz fans flocked to Islay in mid-September for the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival and there was a new hook for whisky fans this year with the launch of an official Festival bottling. Now in its 13th y...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 8
Get Focussed with Bowmore
If you needed any more incentive to get out there snapping, Bowmore has come up with a superb series of prizes.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 10
More to be Done
Dave Broom considers the last 100 issues and how times have changed, but still some things have not.
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The New World
Tim Forbes has worked for The Whisky Exchange since 2003 and looks after the company's online presence including The Whisky Exchange Blog
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Based in the United Arab Emirates, Jihane Miller cut her teeth in the drinks industry at Hotel Du Vin. Having worked in the wine trade for more than seven years, she caught the whisky bug in 2008 and ...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 15
100 Greatest Whisky People
We highlight the people who have left a lasting legacy on the whisky world over the years.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 16
The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Bottles
Jonny McCormick looks at the top 100 single malt whisky bottles auctioned this century
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100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit
Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.
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Ian Wisniewski asks how are new barley varieties developed and what are the differences between them?
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The Big Man
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Long John blend.
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Joe Bates finds that rising sales boasts morale in Cannes.
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In a Pickle
Naren Young looks at the hottest thing since the toddy.
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The Lap of Luxury
Sandeep Arora discovers and explores some of the best whisky bars in India.
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The Nectar of Life
Davin de Kergommeaux heads to India to investigate the home of Amrut whisky.
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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
Six months after the Tohoku earthquake, a team from Whisky Magazine Japan spent a few days in the affected zone, talking to distillers, brewers and bartenders and those running local charities and try...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 59
All Shapes and Sizes
Dave Broom looks at how Japanese oak imparts exotic flavours, and the different cask types used in whisky making.
December 2011, Issue 100, page 64
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 Perfect Place
In a two-part feature, the Whisky Magazine Japan team takes us to Northern Japan to look at the bars and food on offer.
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A Winter Playground
In the second of our reports from Hokkaido, the Whisky Magazine Japan team finds food and more drink for the soul.
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The Goon Squad
Jefferson Chase looks at a recent prize winner
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The Cask... is King
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Under the Hammer
In this 100th Edition of the Whisky Magazine which was first printed on the 20th November 1998, John Rose has selected six bottles at the price collectors could have bought them at auction in that yea...
December 2011, Issue 100, page 96
Ask the Expert
If you have a question for John, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Questions & Answers, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY
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Autumn brings an abundance of Highland Park reports Jonny McCormick.
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Brora 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 An old-fashioned classic!
Buffalo Trace William La Rue Weller
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 66.75% 8 A substantial, stylish Bourbon.
Duncan Taylor Octave Caol Ila 1983 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70% 8 A bit of an old sea beast!
George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.30% 8 Something of a gentle giant.
Glen Garioch 25 Years Old, 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 More well-chosen wood.
Jura 35 Years Old, 1976 Feith A'Chaorainn
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Distillery character has not been overwhelmed by long maturation.
Knockando 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Manages to retain its delicacy despite the big sherry notes.
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 8 A complex yet approachable Islay.
Port Ellen 32 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 53.90% 8 Another shining example of shrewd cask selection.
Rare Auld Cragganmore 1985 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.30% 8 The nose is pure confectionary, while the palate introduces a more masculine note.
Sazerac 18 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A big, rye experience.
Scott's Selection Aultmore 1982 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 8 Well-made and well-matured.
The Arran Malt 4 Years Old, 1997 Single Cask Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 Keep this for Christmas and drink it with the pudding.
Thomas H Handy
Rye - U.S.A. - 64.30% 8 Another fine example of why rye has been undergoing a resurgence.
Caol Ila Unpeated 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.00% 8 An elegant, very drinkable Highland style dram.
Breckenridge 4 Years Old, Bourbon 2007
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00% 8 This doesn't really need more than four years.
Bruichladdich 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Laddie reaches 10 in good shape.
E.H. Taylor Jnr Single Barrel 2000 11 Years Old
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 A polished and complex whiskey.
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A supple, pleasing Bourbon.
Forty Creek John's Private Cask
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 Interesting contrast between nose and palate.
High West Whiskey Son of Bourye
Blended - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 The world's only Bourbon/rye marriage. And it works.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2011 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 49.00% 7 Not as integrated as one might like.
Parker's Heritage Collection Cognac Finish 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 Everything meshes very nicely here.
Port Dundas 20 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.40% 8 A real curiosity.
Rosebank 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 At its best with a splash of water.
Scott's Selection Craigellachie 1991 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 8 Starts off nosing younger than its years, but grows into itself with time.
The Arran Malt Machrie Moor,Peated 2nd Edition 2004
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A moody offering from the Arran Distillery team.
The Balvenie Tun 401 Batch Two
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60% 8 A drop of water really brings this whisky together.
Woodford Reserve Mater's Collection Rare Rye Selection New Cask
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.20% 7 A little unyielding on the palate.
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