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Whisky Magazine Issue 129

Whisky Magazine Issue 129

Whisky Magazine Issue 129

In this issue - American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany

Published July 2015

So close... Yet so far
A visit to Royal Lochnagar; not that far from Balmoral

July 2015, Issue 129, page 3

World Cup Fever
William Grant & Sons announce sponsorship at Rugby World Cup

July 2015, Issue 129, page 6

Whisky Live
Whiskey Live Dublin

July 2015, Issue 129, page 9

Snakes and Ladders
The complexity of flavours

July 2015, Issue 129, page 11

Mainstream Whiskey
The news is booze

July 2015, Issue 129, page 12

A Drinker's Guide to Germany
Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky

July 2015, Issue 129, page 15

In the Fiefdom of Fife
Let the spirit flow at Kingsbarns and Eden Mill

July 2015, Issue 129, page 19

New Dawn, New Make
What happens when the spirit leaves the safe

July 2015, Issue 129, page 24

The Spirit of Scotland
An overview of the Scotch whisky industry today

July 2015, Issue 129, page 28

The Myth, The Mafia and The Magic
Edradour, one of the last ‘farm distilleries'

July 2015, Issue 129, page 34

It's Coming to Fruition
The Battle of the Blends round five

July 2015, Issue 129, page 38

Graining Momentum
Because blended grains make finer whisky

July 2015, Issue 129, page 42

Defiant
One of America's unique single malt whiskies

July 2015, Issue 129, page 48

Book Search or Book Surge?
That's the question!

July 2015, Issue 129, page 52

Turnbull Hutton: 19 June 1946 – 5 April 2015
Sorely missed but never forgotten

July 2015, Issue 129, page 57

Spirited Summer
The big brands focus on India

July 2015, Issue 129, page 60

USA Whiskey Today
Liza gives a rundown on the state of the industry today

July 2015, Issue 129, page 65

Non-Regulated vs. Regulated
American whiskey terms

July 2015, Issue 129, page 70

The Single Oak Project
Separating the wood from the trees

July 2015, Issue 129, page 74

Corn Distribution
Where are distillers getting their grains?

July 2015, Issue 129, page 78

The Softer Side of Whisky
Let the grain take the strain

July 2015, Issue 129, page 82

The Big Grill
Cooking up a Barbie

July 2015, Issue 129, page 84

Great Summer Reads
Some of the best whisky books recently published

July 2015, Issue 129, page 101

What's Your Flavour
From vanilla to hazelnuts, the choice is varied

July 2015, Issue 129, page 102

Buried in a Whisky Book
Jonny turns over a new page with some novel whiskies

July 2015, Issue 129, page 103

Speculate to Accumulate
Flipping auctions

July 2015, Issue 129, 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 2015, Issue 129, page 106

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 Wonderfully mature and quite subtle.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2000, Glengoyne, Cask #1073
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Now that's what I call a breakfast malt. I think I'll have it with my honey nut cornflakes!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glen Moray Elgin Classic Peated
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Oh yes, that's the business! A delightful whisky with just the right amount of peat.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 That is a fine old Islay malt. Beautifully mature but still alive and kicking.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Mackmyra Moment Vintage
Single Malt - Sweden - 48.60%
8 Wonderfully intense. Comes across like a multi-grain barley / rye whisky. A drop of water takes off the edge.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Michter's Barrel Strength Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 54.00%
9 An example of fine American spirit.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Octomore 06.3_Islay_Barley
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.00%
8 If George T. Stagg was peated then it would probably be like this.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Smögen Svensk Single Malt Sherry Project 1:2
Single Malt - Sweden - 55.70%
8 Who says peat and sherry don't mix? A stunning whisky, with or without water.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenturret 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50%
9 Its maturity is obvious from the onset, the citrus notes give it a lovely vibrancy.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Westward Oregon Malt Whiskey Single Barrel
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Young but plenty of character. The alcohol is a touch aggressive but it does balance the sweetness.

601 Bourbon Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.20%
7 A pleasant, easy-going whiskey.

Glencadam 17 Years Old Triple Cask Portwood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A lovely, robust, mouth-filling malt with an impressive finish.

Grant's Blended Scotch Whisky Signature
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 It comes across as a well put together blended whisky with a high malt content.

Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky Classic Black
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Appears to be a grain heavy blended whisky with the peated malt punching above its weight. However it's an enjoyable, unpretentious dram.

Rock Oyster Small Batch Release
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.80%
8 Although not hugely complex, the higher degree of alcohol means that its straightforward character is amplified.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Ledaig Batch 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.50%
8 The distillery character here is unmistakable! However there are just enough other elements to balance.

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 4
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
8 Is this an American in sheep's tartan? More than likely it's been aged in heavily charred first fill American oak.

Tomatin Cask Strength Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 It has its plus points and its minus points. I would avoid diluting it though!

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Not the most complex of malts on the planet but the balance and the finish are quite impressive.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Caribbean Crème
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The oak was a bit too dominant on the nose, however the palate is beautifully balanced.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World Series: Madeira Finish
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Although the alcohol balances the sweetness, I think it's one for those of you with a sweet tooth!

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