I have often been asked the question before in the past but as our digital edition, the first whisky related magazine to appear for the iPad, starts to gather pace and readers, the issue raised its he...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 5
An Unsung Hero
The Scotch whisky industry is blessed with so many high-profile and larger-than-life characters that it is all too easy to overlook the important contributions made in various areas of the business by...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 8
Capturing The Perfect Scene
We launch our annual photographic competition with the chance to win some dazzling prizes from Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky
September 2012, Issue 106, page 10
Do The Flip Flop Stomp
There's a number of things which happen when you mention Rio to your friends. First, they stop talking to you, then they begin to mutter about “jet-set lifestyle” but as the departure date looms t...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 12
Ian Wisniewskiis a freelance journalist writing about spirits, particularly malt whisky and vodka. He contributes to various publications, has written several books on spirits, and gives regular talks...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 13
A Wealth of Choice
Neil Ridley meets the independent bottlers dedicated to bringing consumers something a little different.
September 2012, Issue 106, page 14
Joel Harrison talks to two generations about life in the whiskey world
September 2012, Issue 106, page 22
The Macallan: A New Era of Single malt Whisky Creation
September 2012, Issue 106, page 26
Martine Nouet looks at the kiln's part in whisky making
September 2012, Issue 106, page 28
Symbols of Intent
Gavin D. Smith visits a distillery with big plans for the future
September 2012, Issue 106, page 30
Rugged & Canny
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of Vat 69
September 2012, Issue 106, page 34
Find Whisky Heaven on Earth
Joe bates heads to Schiphol to see what's on offer
September 2012, Issue 106, page 35
A Kaleidoscope of Aromas
Joel Harrison takes a pilgrimage to the isle of peat and wonder
September 2012, Issue 106, page 36
A Flirtatious Spirit
Ian Buxton heads north to find a Distillery in a basement
September 2012, Issue 106, page 40
Drams & Cultures in Auld Reekie
Neil Ridley heads out in Scotland's capital
September 2012, Issue 106, page 44
Back to School
Mark Gillespie backs his satchel and reports for assembly
September 2012, Issue 106, page 48
Raiding the Larder
Martin Mitchell heads out to the Islay coastline to forage for food
September 2012, Issue 106, page 50
Jefferson Chase looks at a novel set in 1960s London
September 2012, Issue 106, page 71
Ask the Expert
A friend has this interesting bottle of Burke's Whiskey by E&J Burke, Dublin he got through a family member, from the Canadian prairies. Could you shed any light on this item regarding its age and the...
September 2012, Issue 106, page 74
Selected by Berry's Glenlivet 1973 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A real cracker. Perfect balance. Rich, enticing. Alcohol is beautifully mastered.
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.00% 8 Perfect balance. Hidden complexity.
Balblair 1975 Vintage 2nd Release 37 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A beautiful example of a well-matured Bourbon cask whisky. Still lively and dashing. The perfect “herbal tea”.
Selected by Berry's Clynelish 1997 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An excellent everyday summer dram. Sweet without excess, with an aerial texture. Fresh and fragrant.
A. D. Rattray Stronachie 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Well balanced and aromatic. Honey is the key element.
A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience 2002 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The palate is more appealing than the nose. A pleasant dram, leaving a fresh feeling. Better neat than diluted.
Aberfeldy Unravel 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50% 8 On the oaky side but lots of fruit as well. The alcohol is well controlled.
Balcones True Blue
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 63.60% 8 Seems to have a rum influence. A finish? No it is a corn American whiskey? I wouldn't have guessed. A rich aromatic profile and a pleasantly surprising alcohol mastering.
Crown Royal Extra Rare
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 7 I am puzzled, Crown Royal? Well I'd never have guessed.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1961 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Difficult to evaluate these very old whiskies. This sherry cask retains complexity, charm and distinction.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1965 46 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70% 7 This whisky has certainly lost its balance. You have got to like oaky whiskies. I miss the distillery character.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label The Casks Edition
Blended - Scotland - 55.80% 8 A well structured dram. It only needs a small dash of water to cut the edges.
Kornog Taouarc'h Trived 12 BC 3 Years Old
Single Grain - France - 46.00% 8 A stunning achievement for such a young whisky. Don't look for complexity (yet) but you do get the full enjoyment of its character.
Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye 12 Years Old
Rye - Canada - 40.00% 7 I would never have guessed it was a rye whiskey! Where is the spicy crispiness of the rye?
Rattray's Selection Blended Malt 19 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 8 A characterful autumnal dram. To sip with an apple pudding.
Scott's Selection Glenallachie 1993 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 7 The nose is pleasant but the alcohol makes it too sharp. The same with the palate. The cask has not mellowed it enough.
Selected by Berry's Bowmore 2003 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 7 Another “herbal tea” option. Would be marvelous in a granité with a citrus fruit salad.
The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Wood speaks up. In an elegant way though.
Tomatin Tempranillo & Bourbon Matured 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.00% 7 The nose is slightly austere but the palate delivers rich fruity flavours elegantly framed by oak.
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