So here we are, as I write, caught in the iron bound grip of winter weather. It is that time of year when you need the warmth of a whisky to take the edge off the day, especially if you are facing the...
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Drinking and health
Recently, United States broadcaster CNN's culinary news site Eatocracy ran a feature with the headline “Beer, Whiskey and Pork Fat: The New Health Foods?”
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Scotland's latest start-up whisky-making venture came on stream in January.
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Chasing the Blues Away
Daveconsidered the history and effects of the hot toddy
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Any combination of chocolate becomes an epicurean delight when served with whisky
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The Irish Revolution
There is a lot going on in Ireland at the moment, we summarise the recent developments
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Young was once a Distiller
Fred Minnickinvestigates the links between the faith and distilling
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The Toast of Nassau
Jim Leggett goes in search of the Bahama Queen
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Style & Substance
Ian Wisniewskiasks, what is a pot still Irish whiskey and how does it differ from malt Irish whiskey?
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A Good Bassy Tone
Ian Buxton meets the team behind Tuthilltown Spirits, a craft distillery on the rise
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A Locavore's Tipple
Liza Weisstuch goes in search of slow food whiskey
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Joe Bates follows a bottle of Glenfiddich to Edinburgh
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C ream of the Crop
Gavin D. Smithlooks at the fortunes of Stewart's Cream of the Barley
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Knowing the Classics
Ryan Chetiyawardana looks at Bourbon cocktails
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Wild is the Whisky
Writer Dave Waddell goes on a wild whisky odyssey in Tanzania
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The City by the Bay
Liza Weisstuchtakes us on a tour of this cosmopolitan city
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The Path to Enlightenment
Neil Ridley charts the rise in popularity of the dedicated cigar lounge and gets the low down on the best liquid pairings from those in the know
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Jefferson Chase reviews a book based in Belfast during the late 1960s
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Small or Far Away
Jonny McCormick examines life in miniature
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Ask The Expert
Although born in London, my parents were both from Glasgow. Consequently during the war, the family were evacuated back there. This meant that my formative years were spent having it drummed into me t...
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Master of Malt Aberlour That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 A rich and well structured whisky. Amazingly smooth given its strength.
Black Bull 40 Years Old 3rd Release
Blended - Scotland - 41.50% 8 A classic old Speysider? Mature and lively at the same time. Really a perfect achievement.
Master of Malt Ardbeg That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 8 A perfect islander. More phenolic than smoky and so well balanced. The ocean in your glass. Bring the oysters!
The Macallan That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.90% 8 A well matured sherried malt. A beautiful after dinner dram to enjoy with a praline chocolate. Avoid adding water with this one.
Aldi Glen Orrin 30 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00% 7 The nose delivers a fruity bouquet but the palate is a bit dismantled. An old but tired dram. Would have benefitted from a higher strength.
Auchroisk 1997 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 Give time to this whisky but avoid water which enhances the alcohol feel. There is some austerity in the character but it does open up with a bit of patience.
Berry's Own Selection Auchroisk 1991 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 7 An interesting dram. The palate is lighter than expected but fresh and lively. Perfect companion for a fruit salad with a ginger icecream.
Caol Ila 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 7 The palate does not have the nose delicacy. Water tones the alcohol down but brings out astringency. A Caol Ila? I would never have guessed.
Elements of Islay BR4
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 Easy and refreshing. Probably young. It needs a small dash of water to cut the edges. An invigorating dram on a wintery day.
Elements of Islay BW1
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90% 8 An intense, enticing and rather condensed whisky.
Grant's Stand Fast
Blended - Scotland - 0.00% 7 Not even a whispering whisky. Almost silent! I appreciate light delicate whiskies but there is a limit to self-effacing characters!
Hicks & Healey Cornish Whiskey 2004 8 Years Old
- England - 60.20% 7 A spicy character. The high strength is not easy to master. Water tones it down but it also takes some of the flavours off.
Isle of Jura 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 Classic good sherry maturation. Nothing to complain about.
Jack Daniel's Unaged Rye
Tennessee - U.S.A. - 40.00% Well, a new make diluted to 40%. Not sure what kind of consumers it will target. Maybe intended as an alternative to vodka? Or used as a training device ? Anyway, it is unfair to score unaged whisky.
Johnnie Walker Explorer's Club Collection The Spice Road
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A well-balanced dram. Enjoyable, just lacks some muscle.
Karuizawa 1984 CASK #4021
- Japan - 64.50% 7 Interesting aromatic profile but the alcohol strength makes it too harsh. Water does not soothe it, and that makes it difficult to really appreciate for me.
Karuizawa Spirit of Asama
- Japan - 48.00% 8 A strong character with complexity and good structure. Oak is very present but in an elegant way.
Kinnickinnic Blended Whiskey
Blended - U.S.A. - 43.00% 7 A dram for a sweet tooth. The nose is more complex than the palate though. But there is a some harmony about it.
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 7 This whisky seems to have matured in tired casks. Quite harsh. Water cuts the edges but does not give it style.
Lion's Pride 47th Ward Single Barrel
- U.S.A. - 47.00% 7 Well balanced, on the spicy side. Plenty of rye.
Lion's Pride Single Barrel Bourbon
- U.S.A. - 47.00% 7 A pleasant dram, light and cheerful. A summertime cordial.
Local Infusions Brenne
- France - 40.00% 6 Sorry but not my cup of tea.
Master of Malt Aultmore That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 53.40% 7 An autumn dram. Pleasant but it is as if something was missing. Not completely put together.
Master of Malt Benriach That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 7 Not unpleasant but one dimensional. With some astringency on the finish.
Master of Malt Benrinnes That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 7 A slightly austere character but well balanced as well.
Mortlach 1998 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 A pleasant light aromatic profile but this whisky has not matured in very active casks.
Old Pulteney 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30% 8 The sherry dominates on the oaky side. Too much for me but if you like woody corpulent whiskies, this one is for you.
Tomatin 1991 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80% 7 A pleasant dram. A touch of water brings out a refined oak frame and beeswax. A kind of spicy fruit salad.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Autumn Berries 1986 26 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Deceptive. The nose is fresh and fragrant. But the palate does not deliver much and the finish is so short.
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