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Whisky Magazine Issue 101

Whisky Magazine Issue 101

Whisky Magazine Issue 101

In this issue - Whisky families, Mackmyra, Buffalo Trace, A drinker's guide to London and much more...

Published February 2012

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well here we go, hurtling into a new year and there has already been plenty of news to fill our hearts with joy regarding our chosen tipple. There are certainly a couple of major events that could se...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 5

Summit Meeting
Glenfiddich recently held the inaugural ‘One Day You Will Summit', which aimed to highlight the pioneering achievements of the distillery's founder, William Grant, while bringing together several gr...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 6

Dispatches
COUPLE ON KINDLE The revised and updated edition of The Road to Craigellachie - Revisited, (2012), Hans Offringa's well-known travel story about Scotland and whisky, is now available on Kindle. The...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 7

Islay Whisky Comes to Savile Row
For those readers with a penchant for sartorial excellence, the good news is that Bowmore Distillery have recently launched an exciting collaboration with the esteemed Savile Row tailor, Malcolm Plews...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 7

Supplies and Demand
Dave Broom channels the spirit of Bertolt Brecht pictured above) and looks at some pressing issues acing the industry

February 2012, Issue 101, page 10

White Dog Days
Liza Weisstuchis a spirit, lifestyle and business journalist who's work has appeared in the Boston Globe and the New York Times

February 2012, Issue 101, page 11

The dynamics of dynasty
Our writers look at several businesses across the globe find out if family owned is the secret? Does being family run mean slicker and more innovative, more adaptable; or does it put pressure on futur...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 12

Spreading the Gospel
Liza Weisstuch meets one of Kentucky Bourbon's first ladies

February 2012, Issue 101, page 23

A Singular Idea
Mark Gillespie explores Buffalo Trace's single oak project

February 2012, Issue 101, page 24

What is it Good For?
Charles K. Cowdery looks at the sour mash process

February 2012, Issue 101, page 28

Flying the Flag
Charles K. Cowdery visits the revitalised and renamed Barton Distillery

February 2012, Issue 101, page 30

A Decade of Challenges
Martine Nouetheads to Sweden to find out what has been happening at the country's foremost distillery

February 2012, Issue 101, page 34

Fond Affection
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Black and White blend

February 2012, Issue 101, page 38

Shannon's Offer
Joe Bates goes back to the spiritual home of the duty-free sector

February 2012, Issue 101, page 39

The White Choice
A new category is finding favour with bartenders, Naren Young looks at why

February 2012, Issue 101, page 40

Drinking in the Big Smoke
We look at some excellent whisky bars in the English capital, but also at what is happening elsewhere in the country, a distilling revolution is beginning to bear fruit

February 2012, Issue 101, page 44

Fine American Dining
Charles K. Cowdery goes in search of the Bourbon restaurant experience

February 2012, Issue 101, page 53

Absolute Friends
Jefferson Chase starts his New Year reading in fine form

February 2012, Issue 101, page 70

Under the Hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections he looks at some price guides for bottles at auction. In questions he fields your enquiries ab...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 72

Ask the Expert
I have in my possession a bottle of MaCallum's Perfection Scots Whisky this bottle (unopened) has been in my family for 40 years, a present given to my late father. I am unable to find anyone to give...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 73

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast Cask Strength
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 57.70%
9 Redbreast is one of the world's great whiskeys. Delicious!

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 A superb Kentucky delight ! When old bourbons are oak controlled, they reach perfection.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glendronach Parliament 21 Years Old 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 A well balanced sherried whisky. Rich, complex with a beautiful finish.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfarclas 43 Years Old, Cognac Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.70%
9 Incredibly “alive” for a 43 Years Old whisky. Absolutely wonderful. Fully matured or just finished in a cognac cask ? Whatever, it worked superbly.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfarclas Movember 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
8 Light and well structured. Refreshing.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Tweeddale Blend 12 Years Old - Batch 2
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A lovely old-fashioned blend.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Whisky Exchange Bowmore 18 Years Old 1993 The Whisky Exchange Masterpieces
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.60%
8 That whisky needs a dash of water to cut the edges. Clean, big with that wonderful exotic fruit character that some Bowmore proudly display.

Amrut Two Continents Second Edition
Single Malt - India - 50.00%
8 Amrut are doing some really interesting work right now.

BenRiach 16 Years Old 1995 Cask 7164
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
8 This whisky is oak dominated. Too much for me as we have lost the distillery character, but the nose is expressive. Beware of water, it kills it.

Elements of Islay Bunnahabhain BN1
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70%
7 Unusual profile for a... Bn ! Very interesting though. The perfect companion to a cheese and fruit plate.

Elements of Islay Kilchoman KH1
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70%
8 A sweet islander. Can be enjoyed without water.

Famous Grouse Celebratory Blend
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A decent addition to the Famous Grouse flight.

Glen Garioch 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.30%
7 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Not much complexity for such an old whisky. Pleasant though.

Glendronach 1995 Cask 4681
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20%
8 A style of whisky which has its fans. But that oak infusion masks the distillery character and the essence of whisky for me. Sad, as the nose is interesting.

Glenfarclas 1961 Sherry Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40%
7 Again, wood has taken the lead and the balance is lost. But there is a lot of charm in that old piece of history. So difficult to score.

Glenfarclas 1964 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50%
8 Old but not very lively. The nose is complex and fragrant.

Glenfarclas 1970 Sherry Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70%
8 That old timer has surprisingly kept a high strength and a vibrant character. Oak is overwhelming but in an elegant way. That could be an old cognac.

Glenfarclas 1971 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
8 Too long a maturation. When oak dictates the aromatic profile, it is hard to feel satisfied.

Glenfarclas 1981 Plain Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80%
7 Perfect “herbal malt-tea” for a wintery night cup. It takes a few drops of water to cut the edges.

Glenfarclas 1984 Plain Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 That whisky struggles to stand out among a flight of big sherry guys, but it is worth enjoying. Though we could have expected more character from a 27 Years Old whisky.

Glenfarclas 1996 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60%
7 The nose offered some smoothness that the palate denied. Not numbing with water but gets bitter.

Glenglassaugh The Chosen Few No.1 Ronnie Routledge 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
8 Complex and confident. Lovely stuff!

Glenrothes 16 Years Old, 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Drinkable enough, but marked down for its ‘fousty' nose.

High Spirits Mesquite Smoked Arizona
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 Has the true spirit character slightly masked here?

Scott's Selection Dailuane 1983 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
7 Marked down slightly for an undistinguished nose.

The Whisky Exchange Ardmore 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30%
7 An enticing whispering whisky.

Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Rare Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.20%
7 Not all that well balanced.

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