From the Editor
I was lunching with my publisher recently in a trendy London restaurant, as one does. It was the kind of place which is favoured by advertising account executives and merchant bankers; my publisher wa...
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Then along came the fire department
Michael Jackson reports on a hot night in Bowmore
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Never stumped for words
Jim Murray muses on the role of two loves in his life.
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Kate Pierrepont tested the waters with some of Scotland's finest fishermen.
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A trace of greatness
Stuart Maclean Ramsay roams among the magnificent buffalo of Kentucky.
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Comfort and joy
Whisky pilgrims , tourists, locals- this summer's Islay Festival attracted fans from around the globe. Michael Jackson reports on a time to remember, while Marcin Miller travels east to catch up on t...
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Maisha Frost discovers a new collection of whiskies that resurrect the Bennachie name
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Growing old gracefully
Coopering is an essential part of the maturation process. Gavin D Smith hails an irreplaceable art.
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Whisky Magazine's Michael Jackson teamed up with a panel of fellow experts to assess the new Balvenie vintage cask
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Whisky Magazine's Damian Riley-Smith previews bourboun's hot event
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Heaven is wall to wall Scotches, bourbons and malts for the taking. Stuart Maclean Ramsay had a hard time coping.
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Glenmorangie Highland Estate
You can feel the tension ease from your shoulders as you are met at Inverness airport. A representative assists you in the normally stressful business of removing your baggage from the uncluttered con...
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Moving malts on Madison (Park Avenue Liquor)
Damian Riley-Smith dropped in on the Park Avenue Liquor shop and emerged energised and inspired.
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Largesse flows at Dufftown
Whisky Magazine readers revelled in true highland hospitality when they were entertained at a William Grant and Sons special lunch.
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An eccentric entrepreneur is seeking to challenge Talsiker's status as the only distillery on Skye. Tom Bruce-Gardyne went ot meet the man behind a special brand of Gaelic whisky.
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The battle for independence
Tom Bruce Gardyne profiles Muray McDavid, the enfant terrible of independent bottlers.
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Confessions of a party animal (Charles Kennedy)
The leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, shares a dram with Jane Slade.
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A cigar replete with the aromas of bourbon, 'Paradise', thought Adam Edwards, and that's was where his troubles began
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The A-Z of Cigar tasting
Expert James Leavey provides the ultimate guide to smoking pleasure.
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Nothing befits a dram more than a fine smoke. James Leavey advises where to buy the best cigars.
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In conversation with Dr Jim Veveridge
Maturation expert, Dr Jim Veveridge, demonstrates the virtues of the refill cask to Charles Maclean.
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Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 Port often leaves a toffeeish note, but not in this case. Perhaps needs a bit more maturity.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90% 8 Holds up very well in the middle but the woodiness at the end is overpowering.
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 After that smoky start, becomes much more toffeeish than most Bowmores. But is this a good thing?
Glenturret 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 After dinner.
Aberfeldy 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Refreshing and light-hearted. Almost too playful to take seriously.
Adelphi Glenlossie 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 8
Adelphi Tamdhu 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 Judging from the very pale colour, the wood did not have much positive input. Hence, perhaps, the lack of Tamdhu's sometime elegance.
Adelphi The Macallan 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 I prefer my Macallan with its typical sherry character.
Ben Nevis 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The sweetness could be excessive, but it is saved by the stogie.
Blair Athol 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 The obvious sherry ageing really suits Blair Athol. It is a malt that matures quickly, and this is very sophisticated for its age. A lovely whisky.
Caol Ila 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 All the oily, waxy, junipery, bush-like flavours of Caol Ila, but the whiff of the sea comes late.
Deanston 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 More of a Lowland style. If Deanston were regarded as a Lowland distillery, it would score higher.
Deanston 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Gentle, but quite succulent.
Edradour 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Much more sherried than the previous 10 Years Old distillery bottling. The back-label still lifts (unattributed) phrases from my tasting notes for that edition. The new version is very elegant, but th...
Glencoe 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 7 That simple one-two of sweetness and dryness is not especially complex, but the flavours are delicious. Very wholesome and appetising.
Glengoyne 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A lovely, complex, sophisticated malt.
Glenturret 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Crisp. Earthy. After a walk in the forest?
Glenturret 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 More luscious, but beautifully balanced. Aperitif?
Glenturret 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Liqueur-ish. With dessert?
Gordon & MacPhail Aberfeldy 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Delicate but not bland. Real subtlety. Very mature, but not a hint of wood. A Highlander, but blindfold I would have placed it as a Speysider.
Inchmurrin 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very scenty and sweet. A restorative. Perhaps after a bath or swim?
Kingsbury Clynelish 1990, Amontillado sherry cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 That distinctive pine-nut character perhaps derives from the Amontillado sherry, but its influence is otherwise restrained.
Kingsbury Glenturret 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.20% 6 Very much the house style. Has not gained, or lost, much by such a long maturation.
Loch Lomond Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very sweet. Definitely a dessert whisky.
Signatory Aberfeldy 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Less structure than the youthful version from the distillery or the more mature choice, but enjoyable in its own right. As a dessert malt with trifle?
Signatory Blair Athol 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 Has matured superbly. I love the interplay of sweet and fruity, hot and dry. The orange colour distinguishes this from Signatory's earlier bottling.
Signatory Edradour 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10% 7 Still a hint of the typical creaminess. Although its flavours are on the light side, Edradour is quite rich in body. It stands up well to age, but this is not the best '76 I have tasted.
Signatory Glenturret 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Distillery bottlings of Glenturret from this era tend to be quite sherryish, but this Signatory edition is not. The absence of sherry reveals the use of a truly peaty malt in the 1970s.
Signatory Tullibardine 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 8 Rounder than a previous Signatory bottling at 1972.
Tullibardine 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A delicate malt, but with some complexity.
Tullibardine 30 Years Old, Stillman's Dram
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Perilously easy to drink. The whisky world's answer to a New World Chardonnay.
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