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Whisky Magazine Issue 104

Whisky Magazine Issue 104

Whisky Magazine Issue 104

In this issue - The Macallan, Alternative Grains, Adnams & much more...

Published June 2012

Editor's word
This is one of those columns that I had not originally intended to write, it took on a life of its own as I was drafting it. I had intended to pontificate about all the new whisky books that have hit...

June 2012, Issue 104, page 5

Illustrating anCnoc
anCnoc has unveiled a new global campaign that aims to bring a modern twist to the world of whisky, through a collaboration with internationally acclaimed Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle. The Penicu...

June 2012, Issue 104, page 6

Behind the stick
Dave finds himself on the other side of the bar, dispensing wisdom and drams

June 2012, Issue 104, page 10

The Flavour Challenge
Commentator, consultant and writer Ian Buxton's latest book 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die is released on July 5

June 2012, Issue 104, page 11

The Adventurous Distiller
As the American craft movement gathers pace, we look at some of the alternative grains it is using

June 2012, Issue 104, page 12

The Macallan Essence
We report on The Macallan's latest photographic adventure

June 2012, Issue 104, page 22

Fusing Flavours
William Curley is officially Britain's Best Chocolatier, having been given the prestigious accolade four years running by the Academy Of Chocolate, for his innovative approach to flavour. Neil Ridley...

June 2012, Issue 104, page 26

Taking the Floor
Ian Wisniewski looks at the rise of commercial maltings, and how they compare to floor maltings

June 2012, Issue 104, page 30

Distilling with Swiss Precision
Ian Buxton finds there's more to Switzerland than cheese, cuckoo clocks and cow bells

June 2012, Issue 104, page 33

The Great Sword
Gavin D. Smith looks a the fortunes of The Claymore brand

June 2012, Issue 104, page 36

The Masters
Joe Bates looks at what's happening in the Asian market

June 2012, Issue 104, page 37

Summer in a Glass
Naren Young looks forward to some long hot months

June 2012, Issue 104, page 38

In a Land of Giants
Davin de Kergommeaux looks at the explosion of distilling in Western Canada

June 2012, Issue 104, page 40

Drinking in the Garden City
Davin de Kergommeaux takes us round this island city

June 2012, Issue 104, page 44

The Dream Ticket
Joel Harrisontalks to Gillian Macdonald about her new role as whisky creator with the Glenmorangie Company

June 2012, Issue 104, page 50

Launching a Broadside
We find out what happens when a brewing legend decides to enter the distilling world

June 2012, Issue 104, page 54

Taking it Outside (BBQ)
Whisky chef Martine Nouet prepares, and hopes, for some decent summer weather

June 2012, Issue 104, page 56

Home Town Love
Jefferson Chase reviews a novel set in the Big Apple

June 2012, Issue 104, page 70

Brora Returns
The stills may be silent but it is back in the WMI, Jonny McCormick celebrates

June 2012, Issue 104, page 72

The Analyst
Jonny McCormick talks to Andy Simpson of Whisky Highland, the man at the heart of the Investment Grade Scotch debate.

June 2012, Issue 104, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Secret Bottlings Series 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A superb after dinner dram.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Secret Bottlings Series 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A perfectly balanced dram. Mature, smooth and pleasant all the way.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Dimensions Dimension Glenburgie 1985 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20%
8 An enticing nose and lively palate. I prefer it neat than diluted as I think water cuts too many edges... Try it to your taste!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Secret Bottlings Series 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A beautiful dram but just on the edge of having spent too long in cask.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts Winter Spice 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.40%
8 A lovely dram. Sensuous and complex.

Dimension Dimensions Linkwood 1986 25 years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20%
8 A good example of Bourbon cask maturation (a refill ?). There is a constant bitterness but it is quite refreshing, like a grapefruit. A few drops of water bring out a sweet note.

Four Roses Single Barrel 2012 Limited Edition
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.70%
8 A muscular character. A dash of water tames it.

Lauder's 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The nose is sweeter than the palate but this is a well structured dram. Water kills it though.

Saint Isidore
Blended - Scotland - 41.40%
8 The first nose is unusual and takes you to pine forests. Then the fruit character unwinds. Water releases a cardboard note. I like the spiciness and bouncyp rofile of this whisky.

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 This whisky lacks character. Sweet and floppy. The nose lead me to expect more consistency.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Rum 'n' Raisin 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A pleasant summer dram. The nose delivers more than the palate though. To try with a bowl of strawberries and yoghurt.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smokehouse 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A well-balanced islander. Again, a summer dram. With shellfish. It does not need water for me.

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive 8 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A well structured dram but the oakiness is a bit too blatant for me.

Whisky Liqueur 15 Years Old
Liqueur - Scotland - 42.00%
8 Interesting aromatic profile and good balance. To be enjoyed on crushed ice with chocolate or vanilla ice cream (or both !!).

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