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Whisky Magazine Issue 108

Whisky Magazine Issue 108

Whisky Magazine Issue 108

In this issue - Johnnie Walker - Lagavulin Distillery - Suntory

Published December 2012

Editors Word
Well it looks like the year might end as it began in the whisky world with some significant changes afoot. Quite how they play out is yet to be seen, but what is certain is that they will have ramifi...

December 2012, Issue 108, page 5

Celebrating the Century
This year the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) celebrates 100 years of promoting, protecting and representing the interests of the Scotch whisky industry around the world.

December 2012, Issue 108, page 6

Ageing Gracefully
The quiet son of Islay whiskies, Bunnahabhain, is to launch a oneoff limited edition 40 Years Old single malt whisky.

December 2012, Issue 108, page 8

Boost for Troops
One of the world's 11 bottles of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 Years Old Scotch sold at auction recently for $52,000 setting a new record for Canada.

December 2012, Issue 108, page 8

Liquid History
More than four decades ago a batch of premium single malt whisky was crafted at Lochside, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries.

December 2012, Issue 108, page 8

Supermarket Special
Supermarket Aldi is to begin selling a 30-year-old blended Scotch whisky for just £49.99 (70cl) – less than a third of the average price for a premium, aged whisky.

December 2012, Issue 108, page 8

Breaking China
The future, it would seem, belongs to ever greater concentration on the top end

December 2012, Issue 108, page 11

Caveat Emptor
My fear is that scandal will help to burst the bubble in today's whisky prices

December 2012, Issue 108, page 12

Global Gifts
The term ‘blue sky thinking' could not be more apt than when used about travel retail

December 2012, Issue 108, page 13

Skyrocketing Demand
Davin de Kergommeaux charts the launch of a new Canadian whisky in Taiwan

December 2012, Issue 108, page 14

The Next Evolution
Dave Broomlooks at the new steps for Japanese whisky maker Suntory

December 2012, Issue 108, page 22

Every Day is a School Day
Joel Harrison quenches his thirst for whisky education

December 2012, Issue 108, page 26

The Heat is On
Ian Wisniewskiasks how significant is the choice of heating method when distilling?

December 2012, Issue 108, page 30

A Quiet Confidence
Seáneen Sullivan explores the myths and magic of this iconic Islay distillery

December 2012, Issue 108, page 32

Thanks for the Memory
Joe Bates heads out to Cannes

December 2012, Issue 108, page 38

Intrinsic Differences
Ryan Chetiyawardana mixes up some oriental delights

December 2012, Issue 108, page 40

Walker's Voyage
We report on a voyage to recreate Walker's earliest ventures

December 2012, Issue 108, page 42

A City of Secret Spots
Davin de Kergommeauxgoes searching in Taipei for some excellent bars

December 2012, Issue 108, page 46

The Sole Man
Neil Ridley meets the shoemaker with a passion for whisky and the blues

December 2012, Issue 108, page 52

Spirit of Art
Martin Mitchell goes beyond words into visual tasting notes

December 2012, Issue 108, page 54

Crossing California
Jefferson Chase reviews the tale of three families on the move

December 2012, Issue 108, page 71

Ask The Expert
I have been left two bottles of whisky which have been in a cupboard for more than 13 years. Can you tell me how old they are? Are they worth anything or should I drink them as I am partial to a drop ...

December 2012, Issue 108, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Magnificent in every way, especially the finish.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Caskstrength & Carry On Benriach 1996 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20%
8 Sherry and Bourbon goodness, quite unusual for Benriach. Perfect for these autumnal evenings.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.00%
8 Very easy to drink at this strength. A fabulous, deep and smoky whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Port Ellen 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50%
8 Complex with a good balance of fruit and peat.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Talisker Talisker 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 Very pleasant and moreish, lighter than I thought it would be for its age.

Brora Brora 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10%
7 The oak dominates a bit too much for me.

Compass Box Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary
Blended - Scotland - 48.90%
7 Well put together, with a nice display of spice and peat.

Compass Box The Entertainer
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Despite its almost saccharine sweetness, it's hard not to enjoy this as a belting peaty dram. Just remember to brush your teeth after each glass.

Dalwhinnie Dalwhinnie 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10%
7 A decent well balanced dram.

Dimensions Strathmill 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
7 A very dry dram, with some interesting fruity moments.

Elements of Islay Elements of Islay PL1
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00%
8 With water, this shows signs of popping its head over to the other side, but only fleetingly.

Glen Garioch Glen Garioch 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 Solid and drinkable.

Master of Malt Aberlour 1995 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
8 Balanced, fresh and fruity – a fine opening dram for the evening.

Master of Malt Glen Garioch 1990 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.80%
8 Approaching its twilight years, but still with a definite spring in its step. Very nicely balanced indeed.

Scott's Selection Inchmurrin 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 A strangely closed nose, with a very vibrant, fruit driven palate.

Scott's Selection The Speyside 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50%
7 The touches of rubber are a little disappointment, but the other notes make up for any indiscretions.

Scott's Selection Tomatin 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
7 Quite a limited palate, but really pleasant enough.

Selected by Berry's Bunnahabhain 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10%
8 A bold statement, this one. If you like heavily sherried drams, this will appeal, if not, perhaps time to reconsider.

Selected by Berry's Longmorn 1992 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 This has some characterful notes, but not enough to raise it into the echelons of other whiskies of comparable age.

The Balvenie Doublewood 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Some intriguing spice and fruit here, with a backbone of oak.

The Maltman Glenlossie 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 At 19 years, this has reached a harmonious conclusion. Very good indeed.

The Royal British Legion Glendullan 1999 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
8 Time to start stocking up for your Burns' Night toast, me thinks.

The Whisky Exchange Spirit of Asama
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
7 Unfortunately, very one-dimensional.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Lemon Smoke 1996 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Solid and distinctly ‘Islay' in character.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Sugared Almonds 1982 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The persistence of time has been kind to this, up to a point. Some lovely fruity creaminess if you can get past the oak.

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
8 It pulls in a number of directions, but each one is equally interesting and exciting. Terrific stuff.

Yamazaki Mizunara
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
8 Nice balance of aromas and flavours here, with some unusual aromatic notes to boot.

Yamazaki Puncheon
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
7 A continuation from the previous, in terms of style, with definite notes of citrus and pleasant oak.

Yamazaki Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
8 Bold and rich, but with no signs of being overpowered.

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