As I sit writing this we are fast approaching the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It is one of those stories that captures the imagination: the romance and glamour of the great liner ...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 5
Taking the Plunge?
Thinking of investing? Two of our writers give us their opinions on the arguments
April 2012, Issue 103, page 6
World Whiskies Design Awards 2012
Winners of the inaugural World Whiskies Design Awards were announced at the Waldorf Hilton on 22nd March. Highland Park 50 Years Old won the Best Design award and Stranger & Stranger took home the Bes...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 8
Dave gives us his take on the recent investment rumblings
April 2012, Issue 103, page 12
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
Oak is whisky's tutor, it's transformative powers helping craft something miraculous. It persuades, ifluences, steers and ideally never dominates. It sacrifices itself unto exhaustion in order to a...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 14
The Quirks of Quercus
Mark Gillespie looks at American Oak
April 2012, Issue 103, page 18
Gavin D. Smith chats with John Glaser about the influence of French oak
April 2012, Issue 103, page 20
The Joy of Re-fill
Gavin D. Smith looks at the recurring use of casks
April 2012, Issue 103, page 21
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
Ian Wisniewski asks how much influence does an oak cask and ‘wood chemistry' have on the character of a malt whisky?
April 2012, Issue 103, page 28
Joe Bates gets press ganged onto the Viking Line
April 2012, Issue 103, page 30
The Irish Resurgence
Naren Youngdiscovers how the revival of Irish whiskey is being greeted behind the stick
April 2012, Issue 103, page 32
Not as Daft as it Seems (Daftmill)
Neil Wilson visits this pretty farmhouse distillery
April 2012, Issue 103, page 34
Fear and Snacking in Louisville
Liza Weisstuch finds a wonderful weirdness in Bourbon country
April 2012, Issue 103, page 41
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
Drinking in the Windy City
Charles K. Cowdery takes us to some of his favourite haunts in this North American city
April 2012, Issue 103, page 48
Mixing Tradition & Modernity
Martine Nouet explores food and whisky with a Dutch phenomenon
April 2012, Issue 103, page 54
Jefferson Chase revels in a tale of bizarre ordinary lives
April 2012, Issue 103, page 68
One Day They Will
Glenfiddich puts in a serious challenge, observes Jonny McCormick
April 2012, Issue 103, page 70
World Whiskies Awards 2012 Winners Announced
There is a certain joy following the various spirits through this competition and its format. The job of the judges gets progressively harder as the rounds progress and the competition for the winning...
April 2012, Issue 103, page 73
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.30% 8 A stunning Glenlivet and a superb example of the benefits of long relaxed maturation.
Master of Malt 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cleanliness, style and substance. A wee cracker!
AnCnoc Vintage 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A truly lovely summery dram whose substantial chunkiness in the middle of the tongue lifts it out of the ordinary.
Balcones Brimstone Corn Whiskey
Non Bourbon - U.S.A. - 61.00% 6 For some reason I keep thinking of Gram Parson's immolation at Joshua Tree.
Balcones Texas Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 51.00% 7 Clearly a lovely distillate. Hope to see it slightly older and more integrated.
BenRiach Septemdicem 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Another fine smoked Benriach.
Bowmore 100 Proof
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Well balanced and sweet.
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Balanced and fine.
Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter
Blended - Scotland - 46.50% 8 A bigger Cutty than you might expect but the purity of character links it to the family. Weel (sic) done!
Glenfiddich Malt Masters Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 What's going on up in Dufftown? There seems to be a new ‘Fiddich every week –and on the strength of this that's no bad thing.
Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.80% 8 Beautiful balance. Whispering and seductive.
Master of Malt Speyside 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Lovely nose but not fully backed up on the tongue. In cask just too long.
Master of Malt Bunnahabhain 1990 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.10% 7 Soft and very easy.
Master of Malt Islay 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It's fine, but a bit one-dimensional.
Master of Malt Whisky Liqueur 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A fine addition to the ever-growing whisky liqueur category.
Stein Distillery Bull Bourbon 2 Years old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00% 6 Again, I'd leave this alone for longer in cask. The financial pressures to get things out rapidly are real, but whisky is about time and sometimes you have to take the hit.
Stein Distillery Ram Rye 2 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 Good spirit –but please keep it in cask for longer.
The Dalmore Cigar Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50% 7 It's fine, but only suitable for a lighter stogie. Not a patch on the old version I'm afraid.
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