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Whisky Magazine Issue 12

Whisky Magazine Issue 12

Whisky Magazine Issue 12

In this issue - By Royal Appointment - Jack Daniel's - Highland Park - Highland Malts

Published November 2000

From the Editor
Today a new malt whisky distillery opened in Wales - the first for over a hundred years. Last week, Tomintoul Distillery was bought by a company of blenders and bottlers whom nobody has ever heard of,...

November 2000, Issue 12, page 5

In a wick-ed mood
Michael Jackson digresses democratically

November 2000, Issue 12, page 7

The writing is on the wall
Jim Murray laments the demise of more distilleries

November 2000, Issue 12, page 8

Charles Monarch of the dram (Prince of Wales)
Jane Slade traces the Prince of Wales' legendary love of Scotch

November 2000, Issue 12, page 16

Contemporary whisky art
Ian Buxton explores the whisky industy's shift from patron to sponsor of visual art.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 20

By Royal Warrant
In our modern world of television, internet and persuasive advertising products appear, are accepted, flourish or even disappear merely to be replaced by a similar product. However this was not alway ...

November 2000, Issue 12, page 24

Happy Birthday Mr Daniel
Over 6 million of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whisky were sold last year. Stuart Maclean Ramsay takes a look at this phenomenon on the eve of the 150th birthday of the distillery's founder, Jack Daniel

November 2000, Issue 12, page 30

Gipsy Kings
Roby Lakatos and his band are redfining Hungarian gipsy music with the help of malt whisky. Ken Hyder reports.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 34

The past, present and future of Highland Park
Dave Broom visits Orkney, the home of Highland Park, and discovers that there is more to this timeless island than exceptional whisky

November 2000, Issue 12, page 36

Captain's log
'Win a week's sailing in the Classic Malts Millennium Cruise,' writes Philip Froude, 'too good a chance to let pass by I think and, blow me down, I win!'

November 2000, Issue 12, page 41

A royal threesome
It's one of the easier whisky trivia questions. Which three Scottish distilleries are allowed to append the word 'royal' to their titles, asks Gavin Smith.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 42

Not just a question of taste
Philip Hills writes an introduction to the first part of an abridged extract from his fascinatin new book Appreciating whisky

November 2000, Issue 12, page 50

By Royal Appointment
The award of a Royal warrant is a hugely prestigious achievement. Elizabeth Walton explains the significance.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 54

The hunt for liquid gold
Hundreds of people renning around the Scottish highlands searching for 1000 hidden bottles of single malt? Surely not? Maxwell Macleod decides whteher this is actually whisky myth or legend

November 2000, Issue 12, page 58

New for old (Taylor)
The old Taylor Distillery is getting a new lease of life Paul Harris investigates.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 62

The 40 degree proof is in the pudding
A freelance writer devoted to whisky, Martine Nouet is also a keen advocate of malt whisky dinners. She runs 'cooking with malt whisky' classes in Paris and wants to promote the blending of whisky wit...

November 2000, Issue 12, page 66

Hope springs eternal
Malcolm Greenwood samples the other 'water of life', pure mineral water, in Scotland.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 70

Whisky, cocktails, and all that jazz (Be Bop Bar)
Ken Hoskins travels to eastern Europe and puts his feet up in the Be Bop Bar with his new Czech mate.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 76

In conversation with BC
Charles Maclean talks to the General Manger of America's oldest (and youngest) distillery.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 94

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old Malt Cask Brora 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 More Islay-like than its Clynelish brothers. Was this some of the last made with highly peated malt?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenmorangie Malaga Wood Finish, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Reminiscent of the port finish but slightly gutsier and less sophisticated. I would love to try it, tapas-style, with Manchego, or perhaps Grazelema, cheese.

Adelphi Clynelish 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
8 The most oily of the three, and very assertive in the finish.

Adelphi Dalmore 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
7 A big, rich bottling, but some of the Dalmore character has been overpowered.

Balblair 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Much more life and structure.

Balblair 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40%
8 A whisky that starts life with some restraint has certainly developed over the years.

Balblair Elements
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Gentle, but complex as the flavours open.

Cadenhead's Banff 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
6 The best Banff I have tasted. Shows its age but the finish reveals real depth and staying power.

Cadenhead's Dalmore 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90%
8 Extraordinarily sweet-but an engaging curiosity. This pale, golden Dalmore, without the sherry, has an especially characteristic touch of amontillado.

Cadenhead's Lochside 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 This was never a great distillery but it made some perfectly pleasant whiskies and its loss is to be regretted. This bottling is past its best but obviously has rarity value.

Cadenhead's Royal Brackla 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20%
7 Hardly elegant but a muscular malt of a style that is sadly vanishing from the Highlands. I greatly enjoyed it.

Clynelish 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 The most rounded of this Clynelish threesome. The fuller gold colour suggests more contribution from the wood.

Cooper's Choice Clynelish 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 The most gritty and seaweedy.

Drumguish Highland Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A newish distillery, so this whisky is still on the young side, but I like its old-fashioned grassy-peaty flavours.

Glen Deveron 1987, 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Slightly less richness and wood-extract than in the 12, with which I am more familiar.

Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Less robust, more rounded. It is one of those choices that depends on the mood.

Glen Garioch 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A very sophisticated bottling. Perfect after a fine dinner.

Glen Garioch 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 I love the peaty, burnt notes notes in this robustly malty whisky.

Glen Ord 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Anyone not quite understanding the term "malt" should try this whisky. All will then be clear.

Glenmorangie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Slightly sweeter on the nose, and less complex, than the best bottlings I have tasted.

Glenmorangie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 If you like the classic flavours of the 10 Years Old but find it a bit light, this range-filler is for you.

Glenmorangie 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 While the middle brother in this range seems best to capture the Glenmorangie house character, this older version is a richer whisky. I could like them equally, according to my mood.

Ladyburn 1973, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40%
6 I am pleased that this very rare malt has been made available. Ladyburn is a product about which I am frequently asked. Sad to say, its greatest appeal is as a collector's item.

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A complex and distinctive malt.

Old Pulteney 15 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 If you like whisky on your therapeutic porridge (and who doesn't?) this is the salty one.

Royal Brackla 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A pleasant malt, but this bottling has less structure than I remember. It is to be hoped that new owners Dewar's give more prominence to this distillery.

Royal Lochnagar 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Complex, beautifully rounded and soothing.

Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Too firm and well proportioned to be deemed voluptuous – but it's a delightfully close call.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Old Fettercairn, 37 Years Old, 94.3
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10%
8 An elegant, elderly chatelaine.

The Dalmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Said to be married in sherry butts. In this instance, marriage certainly works.

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