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
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
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
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Joe Bates looks at what's happening in the Asian market
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Summer in a Glass
Naren Young looks forward to some long hot months
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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
The stills may be silent but it is back in the WMI, Jonny McCormick celebrates
June 2012, Issue 104, page 72
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
Secret Bottlings Series 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A superb after dinner dram.
Secret Bottlings Series 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A perfectly balanced dram. Mature, smooth and pleasant all the way.
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!
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.
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.
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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