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Whisky Magazine Issue 111

Whisky Magazine Issue 111

Whisky Magazine Issue 111

In this issue - Kentucky, Louisville, Benromach

Published April 2013

Editor's Word
Rob looks at what this redesigned magazine means

April 2013, Issue 111, page 3

Diageo expands
The world's biggest drinks company announces new distillery site.

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Bowmore's world of water
Bowmore, Dewar's, Glenglassaugh, Broom honoured

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Whisky Live Shanghai
Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th August 2013 Now in its fourth year, Whisky Live & Fine Spirits will be held at the iconic Le Meridien Hotel at Peoples Square. New for this year will be the launch of the F...

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Introducing The Warriors
A complete flavour journey

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Flava Dave
Dave muses on Dewar's move into the flavoured categor

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Separated by a common language
Heather is director of education for the Flatiron Whisky School

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If you can't say anything nice...
Mark is a U.S contributing editor for Whisky Magazine

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Enviromental Awareness
Gavin D. Smith looks at steps the whisky industry is taking to be more efficient.

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Water
To begin at the beginning. The most crucial requirement for any distiller is a reliable source of pure water, and the location of every distillery in Scotland is predicated upon such a source. Water i...

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Barley
When it comes to barley, the second essential raw material of Scotch malt whisky-making, greater efficiencies have been achieved as new varieties have been developed which provide farmers with a highe...

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Peat
Unlike water and barley, peat is an ‘optional extra' in whisky-making, as its role in the malting process is purely to provide aroma and flavour, and large quantities of malt are made without any us...

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The Colourful World of The Macallan
More of what you love from The Macallan

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The 1824 Series
100% sherry casks, 100% natural colour, 100% Macallan

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The Mission & Message
Meet the man who moved from history to marketing expert

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Realising the dream
Spreading far beyond Asia, Kavalan has dared to think big and is now reaping the awards.

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Fit for a King
Jim Leggett visits the North Carolina's newest distillery to discover Kings Mountain Whiskeys

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Reading the label
In a new series whisky writer and label expert Hans Offringa will look at the evolution of branding and labelling from several distilleries.

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Working with the grain
We investigate the grains to produce whiskey in the USA

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Production Tastings
Grains

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A Speyside landmark
Joel Harrison braves a cold snap and heads up to Benromach

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More than just Bourbon
Fred Minnick finds there is plenty to do in Kentucky

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City Guide
1Bourbons Bistro 2255 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 www.bourbonsbistro.com In their spare time, the Bourbons Bistro owners travel the state, looking for unwanted stashes of whiskey. Instead of ...

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A Spicy Experience
Elbow deep in rices, spices and whiskie.

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High Strength Bourbon
Our man behind the stick ups the ABV for a different type of drink.

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Billie's Bounce
The tale of a biker chick

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Treasure Store
New Le Clos store enhances Dubai airport's fine spirits reputation.

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Classic Ardbegs
A snapshot of this iconic Islay Brand at the auctions

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Premium Economy
Jonny McCormick takes a look at the auction houses.

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Ask The Expert
Send your questionsto editorial@whiskymag.com or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

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Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1985 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90%
8 A sherry second fill cask? Superb, rewarding, well balanced, complex. Bring the best chocolate!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

AnCnoc 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A superb nose, the palate is slightly restrained but still very enjoyable and harmonious as well.

Douglas of Drumlanrig Craigellachie 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The palate confirms the nose with dominant oak. Water tends to tone the wood down a little. It lacks balance for me. But those who like oakiness will enjoy.

Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1978 33 Years Old Cask 10997
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80%
8 An accomplished whisky, rich with a pleasant liveliness and balance.

Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1986 26 Years Old Cask 1807
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.40%
7 A very refreshing dram especially with a dash of water. Not a great deal of complexity but a good structure to it.

Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1997 15 Years Old Cask 828
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80%
7 A soft drink with alcohol? Pleasant and refreshing. A dash of water is necessary to cut the edges though. But it enhances astringency.

Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1998 14 Years Old Cask 663
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30%
8 An enticing “whispering” whisky which makes me think of a fresh watercolour. Or a Schubert “moment sonata.” Definitely a springtime dram.

Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1999 12 Years Old Cask 2906
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20%
7 A shy and sleepy whisky. Water wakes it up a little revealing spices but it still lacks expression.

Glenfarclas The Family Cask 1958 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.70%
8 Direct and blunt, but with the right amount of intelligence and personality.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1959 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50%
8 For a ridiculously elderly gentleman, this still has plenty to entertain with. Perhaps the spiciest of the siblings so far.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1963 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50%
7 Not without merit, but just not quite as exciting, or engaging as the previous whiskies.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1965 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 Another big tannic beast.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1979 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20%
8 A complex nose, a clean and lively palate. Alcohol is well mastered. Oak is well integrated. A touch of water cuts the edges. Very enjoyable.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1992 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
7 Probably a sherry first fill. The wood is the leader. Fruit is in an oaky cage. I know some people love it that way. I look for more balance.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1997 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
8 A difficult but enticing nose. Give time to this whisky to let it reveal its intricacy.

Glenglassaugh Evolution
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
7 A straightforward clean young whisky. Water to tame the alcohol bite.

Jura 1977
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The fruity explosion is surprising. I prefer it without adding water. Deliciously refreshing as well.

Master of Malt Clynelish Single Cask Series 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
8 A lovely, fresh and conversational dram. A dash of water brings out more sweetness. A spring celebration in itself.

Master of Malt Glenturret 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.90%
8 A nicely rounded whisky.

Master of Malt Lowland Single Malt 2nd Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Hard to pin a great deal on this one. The nose has its merits, but you really have to search for them.

Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 A buoyant character. Perfect to get you back on your feet on a crispy morning.

Master of Malt Tormore Single Cask Series
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20%
7 Interesting whisky but the high ABV requires some precautions. Time, a dash of water and you have an energetic and talkative dram!

Pearse Lyons Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not intent on pulling the palate in any particular direction.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Invergordon
Single Grain - Scotland - 41.60%
3 Some pleasant touches, but not a great deal to hold it altogether in the end.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Springbank
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 Sometimes the palate cries out for whiskies as direct as this, especially on cold days like today.

Town Branch Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
8 An enticing nose, a rather austere palate. A Bourbon without the usual sweetness? Why not?

Wemyss Vintage Malts Billowing Embers 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The cask was obviously not active. Not unpleasant but a bit basic. Might be refreshing with ice on a hot (Islay?) day.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Fruit Bonbons 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An invigorating whisky. Perky, refreshing, leaving a clean taste on the palate. It gives an uplift on a misty morning.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Summer Orchard 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A pleasant refreshing feel on the palate but a thin aromatic profile.

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