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Whisky Magazine Issue 121

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

In this issue - Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses

Published July 2014

Ever changing, ever moving
The learning curve continues

July 2014, Issue 121, page 3

Bushmills Live
Enjoying the craic with a ‘money can't buy ticket'

July 2014, Issue 121, page 6

Whisky Live
Whisky Live Dublin, Sandton and Soweto

July 2014, Issue 121, page 9

Jenever, Juniper
The very roots of whisky are discovered in Holland

July 2014, Issue 121, page 11

Collecting and Selecting
Fred and his search for that rare American whiskey

July 2014, Issue 121, page 12

The Land of the Midnight Sun
Making whisky with a Scandinavian spin

July 2014, Issue 121, page 14

Long Lost Revival
Originally closed in 1921 and now on the verge of reopening

July 2014, Issue 121, page 22

India's Finest Whisky Bars
Our man in India gives us his recommendations

July 2014, Issue 121, page 27

Rock Around the Clock
Jack Daniel's and Tennessee I see a lot of music in thee

July 2014, Issue 121, page 30

Nose the Whiskey, Taste the Food
Our man attends the Ballantyne Scotch Whisky Society

July 2014, Issue 121, page 34

Bambi the Wonder Deer
Often used but not worn out – meet some famous antlers in this new episode on old and interesting whisky labels

July 2014, Issue 121, page 36

Bespoke Blending
Can you blend it with the best

July 2014, Issue 121, page 38

Ageing Warehouses in Kentucky
We look at conditions within warehouses used to age bourbon

July 2014, Issue 121, page 42

Hudson Valley - A New Beginning in Distilling
A sneak preview of New York's newest whiskies

July 2014, Issue 121, page 44

Mixo Gastro Whisky Chefery
Recalibration of the palate at the Caledonian with a Caesar cocktail

July 2014, Issue 121, page 49

Castle In The Air - Edinburgh Bars Guide
We locate the very best of Edinburgh's whisky bars

July 2014, Issue 121, page 53

USA Whiskey Today
A lowdown on the state of the industry

July 2014, Issue 121, page 61

50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history

July 2014, Issue 121, page 62

Rocky Mountain High
Liza takes a tour round Stranahan's distillery

July 2014, Issue 121, page 67

One Man's Yeast Quest
The story of Four Roses' master distiller and his beloved yeast strains

July 2014, Issue 121, page 70

Bootleg Booze, Busted Legs An' Blasted Stills
During the Great Depression Jimmie Lewallen led the pack struggling to extract himself from a life of poverty through risky bootlegging

July 2014, Issue 121, page 75

The Club, the Stash, the Heist
An eye-popping tip-off sent me in search of a century-old whiskey, a truckload of hijacked booze, tales of a Harlem night club – and a big reward!

July 2014, Issue 121, page 79

Whisky Bars and Signature Serves
Crafting that serve to make that experience special

July 2014, Issue 121, page 82

Over a Barrel
Seáneen Sullivan looks at food producers using the traditional art of barrel ageing to create new flavours

July 2014, Issue 121, page 84

Exploding Mangoes
Snake pits or snake bites? That is the question

July 2014, Issue 121, page 101

It's All in the Numbers
Where to find that elusive blend and single malt

July 2014, Issue 121, page 102

Four Sailing Collectables
Inspired by the sea and boats

July 2014, Issue 121, page 103

A Future Number One
Karuizawa hits the high spots

July 2014, Issue 121, page 104

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

July 2014, Issue 121, page 106

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Tomatin 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Whisky of the month, by a slender margin. This is refined and just the right age. A good eye (and palate) put this beauty together.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Whisky Shack Company Storm
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Well developed, balanced and very easy to drink. Another solid introduction to malt whisky for a newbie.

Cutty Sark Storm
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A little muted – not singing at full pelt, but not whispering either. Perhaps lacks a bit of direction.

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Years Old PX Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.10%
7 I wonder if this is a finish that may have had a little too long in its extra oak overcoat?

Darkness! Benrinnes 15 Years Old Oloroso Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90%
8 I am usually not a huge fan of these big oaky monsters, but this nails the nose perfectly. The dry palate will be a problem for others though.

Darkness! Benrinnes 15 YEars Old PX Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.30%
7 There is a theme running in these samples. Huge merits, but the tannic note takes the edge off slightly.

Darkness! Clynelish 16 Years Old Oloroso Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
8 Absolutely tremendous. Mouth coating, yet easy to drink. It's like the complex band on Later with Jools Holland that you've never heard of but totally fall in love with after one song.

Darkness! Macallan 15 Years Old PX Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30%
8 A bumper crop of flavours at work here. Superb stuff.

Elements of Islay Ar4
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10%
7 Nicely done. Campfire sing-songs all round. One for a chilly night at Glastonbury.

Elements of Islay Bn6
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
8 Supremely dark matter. Like an exhilarating run through a haunted house with your trousers on fire.

Elements of Islay Lp5
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.40%
8 A finely integrated peat monster. A little dry but pleasing nonetheless.

Few Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 46.50%
7 A tricky one. I would hazard a bet this has a strange mash bill. It's clever but a little too difficult to pin down.

Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.00%
8 Quality whisky making here; everything sits nicely and at exactly the right volume.

Glencadam 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 Lingering, summery and takes ages to finish. Like a good Test Match.

Laphroaig Select
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Pretty much a one-dimensional dram; fine if you like explosive youthful peat smoke.

Lombard Gold Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Fresh, summery and very easy drinking. Nothing to dislike here, at all.

Lombard Old Masters
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A whisky that has plenty going on but stops short at being exceptional in any of its merits. Perfect as an introduction to the category.

Stronachie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Pleasant, deliciously sweet and fragrant. Certainly not shy and retiring.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Allt-A-Bhainne Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.20%
7 A little lightweight, but not without its fruity merits.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company North British Batch 1
Single Grain - Scotland - 51.10%
8 Grain whiskies are largely hit and miss, but this one is certainly in the hit camp. Very solid and reliable.

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Bold and very well balanced; taking just the right amount of magic from the wood.

Tomatin 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Robust enough to hold its own after a lavish dessert – a choice worth considering if holding a little evening soirée.

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