Rob looks at the alchemy of creating tasting notes from the unknown
June 2013, Issue 112, page 3
Belfast is set to get its first new distillery since 1936 A new distillery and visitor centre planned for a historic Belfast gaol will be the first to be built in Belfast since the closure of Dunville...
June 2013, Issue 112, page 6
Royal visit to Glen Grant
Royal visit to Glen Grant His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, recently opened the new bottling hall at the Glen Grant Distillery. The realisation of the project took 18 months t...
June 2013, Issue 112, page 7
Silver in style
The Scotch Whisky Experience celebrates 25 years Edinburgh's top Whisky visitor attraction, The Scotch Whisky Experience, celebrated 25 years in the capital recently with the unveiling of a specially-...
June 2013, Issue 112, page 8
Whisky Live Taipei Saturday 31st August - Sunday 1st September 2013 This year's theme is the ‘Whisky Masters'. Dave Broom will offer Masterclasses in the new Maturation Zone and Charles Maclean wil...
June 2013, Issue 112, page 9
Coming back to life
Dave looks at the rise in fortunes of Tamdhu Distillery The road to Tamdhu seemed to be a fairly simple one, even for one who doesn't drive. Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, change trains to Elgin, t...
June 2013, Issue 112, page 11
Canadian rye versus American straight rye
Davin is the author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert
June 2013, Issue 112, page 12
The scent of satan
Gavin is a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine
June 2013, Issue 112, page 14
The art of wood
From a big operation to a one man band, we bring the art of the cooper into focus
June 2013, Issue 112, page 16
A resurgent Tamdhu Distillery
June 2013, Issue 112, page 26
Claiming the title
Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery
June 2013, Issue 112, page 31
Blending the Ingredients
The man behind a Canadian transformation
June 2013, Issue 112, page 35
In part two of our series about whisky labels we board an ocean steamer and take a little detour by car, train and airplane
June 2013, Issue 112, page 36
Sizing up casks
We investigate the influence of different casks sizes when maturing malt whisky
June 2013, Issue 112, page 38
A wave of innovation
Our man visits this venerable Canadian distillery that has a few tricks up its sleeve
June 2013, Issue 112, page 42
The Distillery District, Toronto Our Canadian correspondents provide an intimate view of distilling in one of Canada's biggest cities
June 2013, Issue 112, page 46
The Queen City of Canada
We take a tour round some of Toronto's excellent whisky drinking establishments
June 2013, Issue 112, page 53
Whisky chef Martine Nouet watches from the sidelines at a cookery school
June 2013, Issue 112, page 58
Our man behind the stick delves into a flavourful world
June 2013, Issue 112, page 62
The tale of X loves Y who loves Z who loves A
June 2013, Issue 112, page 77
We find out more about launches at the recent Asia Pacific exhibition
June 2013, Issue 112, page 78
Four Royal bottles
A selection of bottlings marking Royal occasion
June 2013, Issue 112, page 79
The fund that likes to say EIS
A round up of the auction world
June 2013, Issue 112, page 80
Ask the Expert
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June 2013, Issue 112, page 82
Port Askaig Cask Strength 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% A beautifully balanced islander. The marine aromatic display is just enticing, constantly teasing the malty sweet heart.
Abbey Whisky Bunnahabhain
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 Shy at first but revealing pleasant fruity flavours.
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10% 8 Another stunner from Ardbeg.
CaskStrength Cutty Sark
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40% 7 The nose is more enticing than the palate. But a decent dram on the whole.
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd Big Smoke
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The nose is more attractive than the palate. Obviously an Islander. Pleasant springtime outdoor dram though.
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd Smokin'
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A well-balanced dram.
Hellyers Road 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Australia - 46.20% 7 The nose is more expressive than the palate. A delicate sweetness.
Highland Park Loki
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 An oaky character, slightly dour at first but opening on fruit and toffee. Be light when adding water.
Master of Malt Bally Delicious
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 An interesting floral character but not a wide aromatic palate.
Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Invigorating like a crisp spring morning. Fragrances in the air. I prefer it neat.
Master of Malt Tobermory 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 7 A vibrant character, especially on the palate. Refreshing but with a bite.
Nikka Coffey Grain
Single Grain - Japan - 45.00% 8 Once the funny off note has gone, we have a pleasant whisky, not over sweet. Refreshing spicy profile.
Port Askaig Cask Strength 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% That whisky needs a dash of water to find its balance. Refreshing, you would have expected more complexity from the age but not unpleasant.
Port Askaig Cask Strength 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.10% 7 I would never have thought this is a 30 Years Old whisky. Very weird aromatic combination. Water brings them all together in a toffee tone.
Russell's Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 55.00% 8 A big untamed Bourbon which needs a dash of water to calm down. Not much though as it goes on the astringent side. I know there are fans of this style. Too fiery for me.
Talisker Port Ruighe
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 7 Disappointing for a Talisker. The port finish takes it off the shore.
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Talisker sailing off the shore, taking more oak on board with it.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.10% 8 A lively uplifting elegant dram. Like an invigorating early morning walk in a scented garden.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tobermory
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 A pleasant example of a good Bourbon cask maturation. A good companion for a fish dish as well.
The Dalmore Valour
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 There is this odd strawberry aroma note on the nose. The palate is better structured but it could have benefited a higher strength I feel.
The Glenlivet Alpha
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Perfect for a summer's day, I hope we actually get one this year!
The Macallan Flask 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 The effect of water is funny. It hardens the nose and softens the palate at the same time.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 3 A surprising dram. There is plenty of fruit but also, a spirit feel although it is not strong. Just as the cask had not given much. But the colour is not pale… Well? It tastes young anyway.
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