From the Editor
The fires of summer have been extinguished, the clocks have gone back and the winter solstice approaches. The season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness' it may be, but today a chill, damp wind cuts t...
December 2000, Issue 13, page 5
The case for throwing things
Michael Jackson makes an exception for the Emperor of Japan.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 7
The whisky set to self-destruct
Jim Murray fears for the Japanese whisky industry which he believes could implode before whisky lovers sample all that it has to offer.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 8
Honour, passion and integrity (Jim Mcewan)
Dave Broom catches up with Jim Mcewan, the country-hopping Brand Ambassador whose life is dedicated to whisky and telling the world about the people who spent their working lives making it.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 19
Bourbon in the spotlight
Marcin Miller catches up with some of the key figures in the world of bourbon during the Gala Dinner of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival
December 2000, Issue 13, page 24
A pioneer of the spirit
Stewart Mcbain praises the contribution of Charles Cree Doig an unsung hero of the Scotch whisky industry
December 2000, Issue 13, page 26
Going native on Deer Island
John Lamond visits one of the most charming and laid-back of the Scottish islands, Jura-home to one of the country's most remote distilleries.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 28
Dinner with the keeper
The keepers of the Quaich are a clan shrouded with mystery. Tom Bruce Gardyne reveals what it's like to experience one of their twice yearly gatherings.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 32
Natural born distillers (Aberlour)
Dave Broom visits Aberlour Distillery, built in a magical location that's home to some of the most knowledgable whisky folk in the world.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 36
Horses and hipflasks
The distinctly 'non-horsey' Marcin Miller dons his wellies in Pitlochry for a spot of whisky fuelled equestrianism.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 40
Freedom and whisky gang thegither (Robert Burns)
With Burns Night fast approaching Martin Betts examines the short, but eventful, life of Robert Burns and the role whisky played within it.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 42
A family affair
Charles Maclean visits inverarity Vaults a family company which has already earnt quite a reputation for the quality of its whiskies
December 2000, Issue 13, page 48
the final instalment of Philip Hills' abridged extract from his fascinatin new book Appreciating Whisky.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 52
Whisky in the mix
Jane Slade ecamines how people drink their whisky around the globe and discovers how versatile the water of life can be.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 58
Uncut, unfiltered and straight from the barrel Stuart Maclean Ramsay visits the house that Jim Beam built and has dinner with boubon legen, Booker Noe.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 63
Invite whisky to Christmas dinner
Martine Nouet challenges the stereotypical Christmas dinner with the help of single malt whisky in an attempt to create the perfect family gathering
December 2000, Issue 13, page 66
Of questionable taste
A mystery flavour, a grand tasting and French chemists- all involved in Gary Regan's whisky adventure.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 70
Whisky Oasis (The Whisky Chaser)
Martin Betts visits a veritable whisky paradise well hidden in the extreme north-west of England.
December 2000, Issue 13, page 74
In conversation with Andrew Symington
Charles Maclean talks to Andrew Symington of Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky
December 2000, Issue 13, page 94
Yoichi 10 Years Old, Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 59.90% 9 A terrific whisky, beautifully rounded, with lots of everything.
Hakushu 12 Years Old Pure Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 8 A beautifully structured, appetising, whisky. Captivating.
Kingsbury Islay 1973, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.40% 8 Has this cask slept so long that it cannot completely wake up?
Longrow 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A beautifully composed whisky. Classic intense, Scottish flavours.
Longrow 10 Years Old, Sherrywood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Many blenders feel that second-fill sherry casks give a more balanced result than first-fill. This whisky is a lesson in that technique.
The Macallan 1926, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 A privilege to taste such an old whisky but I just cannot handle such woody astringency.
The Macallan 1937, 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Blindfold, I am not sure I would not recognise this as a Macallan until that familiar finish.
The Macallan 1940, 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 Not quite the complexity of the 1946 and 1948. Oaky woodiness begins to intrude.
The Macallan 1946, 52 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 A whisky of seductive charm.
The Macallan 1977, 25 Years Old, Christopher's Queen's Jubilee Magnum
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 Lighter-bodied and drier than the others. I found it a little thin in the middle.
The Macallan 50 Years Old, Millennium Decanter
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 This is on the woody side. A little too woody for me in its late astringency, but it is always a privilege to taste such old whiskies.
The Macallan Replica 1874
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 A deft re-creation. This version is notably estery.
The Macallan Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 This is true of several of the older Macallans, suggesting that the sherry casks had contained styles other than dry Oloroso.
Yoichi 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 8 This is a wonderful whisky at 10 Years Old. I love the almost shocking hit of heavy peating.
Yoichi 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00% 8 Creamier than the 10 Years Old, but that softens the peatiness. Between these two, I preferred the peatier ten.
Adelphi Bruichladdich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40% 7 It is more substantial than people think, as this bottling shows.
Adelphi Highland Park 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 8 I like the richness but lacks the balance, roundness and complexity of a great Highland Park.
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A clean, easily drinkable, well-made Bourbon. Straight-ahead, rather than quirky. A certain mature restraint, but is that sufficient pay-off?
Glenfiddich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Luxurious, but in a restrained, understated way.
Hibiki 21 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 Leaner, drier, less estery and more oaky than the version that has no age statement. I like each equally, in its own right.
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 Very easily drinkable. Well matured, as the label suggests. Enjoyable. Appetising. Slightly drier with a splash of water, but not too much. Too good for a mizuwari.
Isle of Jura 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 For an islander Jura is often thought to be something of a lightweight, but it has hidden depths.
Kingsbury Glencadam 1971, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 7 Lacks roundness, structure, balance. I was sorry to hear that this distillery has been closed. Temporarily?
Nikka 34 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 Big and complex. Slightly drying but avoids excessive woodiness.
Nikka All Malt 1989
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 An interesting idea, and it produces for Nikka a much sweeter style of whisky.
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 Easily drinkable. Very pleasant. Refreshing. Not especially complex.
Sendai 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00% 8 A totally different style from Yoichi malts. A very enjoyable, sweet, pick me up. After a round of golf?
Springbank 1992, 7 Years Old, Da Mhile Organic
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Lively and refreshing, but the flavours have not combined and fleshed out as probably they will in another six or seven years.
The Balvenie 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90% 8 A very sophisticated malt. Beautifully combined flavours.
The Macallan 1948, 51 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 Drink it and travel back in time. It is one of the finest malts I have ever tasted.
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 8
W.L. Weller 19 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A bourbon of some presence and elegance. With dessert, or after dinner?
Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 This was a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit.
Yamazaki 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Big flavours, and a lot happening, but could be rounder.
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