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Whisky Magazine Issue 105

Whisky Magazine Issue 105

Whisky Magazine Issue 105

In this issue - USA Special Edition: Kentucky, Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Rodeo Whisky

Published July 2012

Editor's Word
Sometimes life takes funny turns, things that exist in your past reappear in your present like old pennies; the ghosts of memories suddenly take stark sharp focus in your conscience taking you back to...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 5

The Islaympic Games
Every year, the Islay Festival of Whisky attracts peat fanatics from across the globe and this year's Ardbeg open day once again proved that the distillery still knows how to throw a party. Anyone wh...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 6

A Fine Fino
Bowmore recently looked back at their collection of vintage casks and have released an extremely limited edition bottling from 1964, considered by many as the golden age in the distillery's history. ...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 7

Beer and More
Like many, Chris Weld recently bought some Sam Adams beer. Unlike anyone, he bought 12,000 gallons of it. That's because Weld, who founded Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Western Massachusetts in 20...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 7

Walking Tall
Diageo have unveiled two new super deluxe additions to their Johnnie Walker portfolio with the release of Gold Label Reserve and Platinum 18 Years Old. Johnnie Walker is the biggest selling global Sco...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 7

Blake's Eight
Sir Peter Blake is one of the UK's most important artists; among his meister work, the iconic cover for The Beatles' seminal album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As he approached his 80th birth...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 8

The Stepford Flavour
DaveBroom discusses the use of first fill American oak casks

July 2012, Issue 105, page 10

Craft Education
Liza Weisstuch takes a seat at the conference

July 2012, Issue 105, page 11

Where Angels Rest
Mark Gillespie explores some of Kentucky's historic sites

July 2012, Issue 105, page 12

The Pendleton Posse
David de Kergommeaux saddles up and joins the rodeo

July 2012, Issue 105, page 18

East Meets West
Liza Weisstuch reports on a meeting of minds at Mdount Vernon

July 2012, Issue 105, page 24

The To Do List
Ian Wisniewski asks, what exactly does it take to open a distillery?

July 2012, Issue 105, page 28

Let the Whisky Flow
Dave Broom finds out what we have been missing from Oldmeldrum

July 2012, Issue 105, page 30

A Real Revival
Ian Buxton looks at the resurrection of a distillery

July 2012, Issue 105, page 34

Restored to Her Throne
Gavin D. Smithlooks at the fortunes of the Highland Queen blend

July 2012, Issue 105, page 36

A Regal Location
Joes Bates looks at a sparking travel-retail whisky collection

July 2012, Issue 105, page 38

Jim Beam 1795
Bourbon has never been more than a minor blip on the radar for duty-free buyers, but a bit of momentum is now building up behind the category with market leader Jim Beam stepping up its investment in ...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 38

The Macallan 1824 Collection Limited Release MMXII
A new travel-retail exclusive from the likes of The Macallan is always a welcome development and this new ultra-premium release is no exception. The Macallan 1824 Collection Limited Release MMXII is ...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 38

First Class Whisky
Vivien Devlin sees whisky country by rail

July 2012, Issue 105, page 40

Festival Heights
Bushmills Distillery held its first music festival, we report

July 2012, Issue 105, page 44

Drinking on the Hill
Liza Weisstuch takes us out in the US capital

July 2012, Issue 105, page 46

Cross Border Bourbon
Fred Minnick investigates the Mexican border town which supplied U.S. during prohibition

July 2012, Issue 105, page 52

Will Work for Whiskey
Charles K. Cowdery discovers whiskey's equivalent of the barn raising

July 2012, Issue 105, page 54

The End of Days
Dave Broomjoins the final group to visit this much loved Japanese distillery

July 2012, Issue 105, page 58

Waiter, There's Bourbon in my Dinner
Liza Weisstuchmeets two chefs putting Bourbon at the heart of their dishes

July 2012, Issue 105, page 62

Sibling Strains
Jefferson Chase reviews another whisky tome

July 2012, Issue 105, page 78

Fragrant Harbour
Jonny McCormickon the war on fakes and a look at rare whisky in the East

July 2012, Issue 105, page 80

Ask the Expert
I'm hoping that you could help me with some information on a bottle of Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg. Distilled in 1974, the label says it was bottled in 1996 at ABV 40%. I am hoping th...

July 2012, Issue 105, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

AnCnoc 35 years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.30%
9 Superb balance and aromatic intensity. Exemplary old whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

BenRiach Authenticus 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A long, complex and harmonious run of flavour. Excellent.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
9 A drop in strength from the Special Release expressions but a massive upping in complexity. An instant classic.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Four Roses Small Batch 2012
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 55.70%
8 Great balance. Bold but with finesse. Very Four Roses in fact.

AnCnoc Peter Arkle
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Sadly unbalanced.

Auchentoshan Heartwood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Decent enough.

Auchentoshan Springwood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Once in the mouth things start to happen but a little too restrained.

BenRiach Solstice 17 Years Old Batch 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 A balance struck between spirit and oak(s). It shouldn't work, but it does.

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Strangely demanding as you try to extract what is there.

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Discreet, subtle and pure with great balance for one so young - and marked accordingly.

Bruichladdich Octomore Comus 4.2 2007
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00%
7 Though hot, go easy on the water.

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 9 2001
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20%
7 Another to have with minimal dilution. Peat freaks will lap it up.

Bruichladdich The Organic
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Good to have samples from The Laddie again and showing it is clearly in fine form.

Clan Denny Port Dundas 1978 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60%
8 A belter of a grain with typical Port Dundas funkiness.

Clan Denny Speyside Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 I've no idea how you can distil a garden shed, but they've done it. Highly evocative - if weird.

Dimensions Mortlach 1989 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10%
7 A good example of mature Mortlach character without the close attentions of oak.

Double Barrel Mortlach/Laphroaig
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Lovely tussle between the two elements. A lot of fun.

Glenglassaugh Revival
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Though clearly still coming together, this is a marker of real quality.

Glenury Royal 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
8 Yes there's oak but it's old! It is also beautifully balanced.

Johnnie Walker Platinum 18 years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Though I miss Gold at this age statement this is a worthy replacement with a little more overt Walker characteristics: smoke and a sherried grip.

Mackmyra Moment Rimfrost
Single Malt - Sweden - 53.20%
7 Delicate but charming with good intensity. It's often unfair to put this very carefully thought out character in a line-up with bolder flavours, but with patience you begin to understand. This isn't S...

Mackmyra Special:07 Hope
Single Malt - Sweden - 45.80%
8 This shows how well Mackmyra has developed. No need to hope, the point has been proved.

Sullivans Cove American Oak 11 Years old
Single Malt - Australia - 47.50%
7 For maximum impact have neat.

Sullivans Cove French Oak 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Australia - 47.50%
7 Just slightly too much wood for me.

Talisker 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
8 Great age but a little grippy. Undoubtedly a great dram but not a patch on the 25 Years Old.

The Glenlivet Guardians Single Cask 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70%
8 Quite restrained but with real elegance and charm.

The Octave Linkwood 1991 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.90%
8 A big Linkwood, but clearly from there.

Yellow Spot
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 You wonder what's coming next... the Black Spot? The Clear Spot?

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