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Whisky Magazine Issue 130

Whisky Magazine Issue 130

Whisky Magazine Issue 130

In this issue - Global Travel Retail, Coppersmiths, Favourite Blends, Texas Whiskey

Published September 2015

Spreading the Word
Out and about in Scotland and Kentucky

September 2015, Issue 130, page 3

Space-Aged whisky
Suntory whisky embarks on space mission

September 2015, Issue 130, page 6

Whisky Live
Whisky Live Singapore

September 2015, Issue 130, page 9

Out Of Fashion
Is there still room for wine on the table?

September 2015, Issue 130, page 11

In Bourbon We Do Not Trust
It's all about the label

September 2015, Issue 130, page 12

The Southern Highlands
Gavin D. Smith embarks on a whisky trail through Perth and its environs

September 2015, Issue 130, page 14

A Still Called Annie
The spirit starts to flow in Glasgow

September 2015, Issue 130, page 19

Atomic No. 29
The art and skills of the coppersmith

September 2015, Issue 130, page 25

The Magnificent 7
Contributing Editor Neil Ridley looks back on some of the very best blended whiskies he has experienced

September 2015, Issue 130, page 29

Texas & Crown Royal
The Lone Star State loves a Canadian favourite

September 2015, Issue 130, page 35

They Think It's All Over... It Is Now
The Battle of the Blends, the final salvo

September 2015, Issue 130, page 38

Japanese Harmony
America tunes into Hibiki whisky

September 2015, Issue 130, page 43

The Flybuy Zone
The explosion in Global Travel Retail, especially ‘Exclusives'

September 2015, Issue 130, page 48

Irish Pot Still Whiskey
An icon of the past and future

September 2015, Issue 130, page 58

Syncopated Harmony
A look at foods that employ the skill of blending and pairing them with blended whisky

September 2015, Issue 130, page 60

The Very Best Reads
Some of the whisky books recently published

September 2015, Issue 130, page 77

Sky High
Buying whisky at 33,000 feet

September 2015, Issue 130, page 78

Four Scapa Whiskies
Jonny checks out whiskies from Orkney's southernmost distillery

September 2015, Issue 130, page 79

Vintage Whisky Sellers
Where to buy that elusive whisky

September 2015, Issue 130, page 80

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

September 2015, Issue 130, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Springbank 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10%
8 I'm lost for words!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Benromach 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Two words... Simply stunning!

Abbey Whisky Anon. Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
7 Lacking a little bit of sweetness to balance the spirit character. Ex-Manzanilla sherry finished perhaps?

Aberfeldy 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Aberfeldy handles sherry and age well. A fine example, but a shame this is bottled at 40% ABV.

Ardmore Triple Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A very drinkable peated Highlander. Good to see Ardmore's unique take on peated whiskies is gaining a much greater exposure.

Auchentoshan Blood Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A very interesting and individualistic expression of Auchentoshan. Takes a drop of water well.

Aultmore 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A classic, full-bodied Spey, worth buying for the finish alone!

Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Classic American oak-matured Bablair. Lack of chill-filtration and enhanced ABV really suit the brand.

Balblair 2004 Sherry Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 We tend to think that Balblair's spirit character is best suited by ex-Bourbon barrels, but this is a good example of how well it handles sherry wood, too.

Berry's Own Selection Glen Garioch Cask #7857
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Quite a dense and concentrated whisky, showing some lovely aged character.

Bunnahabhain Cruach-Mhona
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Bunnahabhain as a ‘mainstream' Islay! Not overly complex, but a very decent, sturdy dram.

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 The nose suggests youth, but this is somewhat compensated for by a more pleasing palate

Chivas Regal Extra
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The first NAS Chivas Regal, and with a greater emphasis on sherry wood than usual. A valuable addition to the line-up.

Cleveland Underground Black Cherry Wood
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 It appears to be a simple, inexpensive Bourbon.

Craigellachie 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A classic Spey which delivers everything a good Spey should do.

Craigellachie 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Intriguing combination of aromas and flavours. Good to see a producer introducing a whisky with such an advanced age statement into Travel Retail.

Cù Bòcan Virgin Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Has a Highland distillery dabbled in triple distillation? Either way it's a fabulous whisky!

Douglas Laing Cask Strength
Blended Malt - Scotland - 53.60%
8 A seriously entertaining dram... As long as you have a bit of a herbal fetish that is!

Douglas Laing Small Batch
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Comments: A lovely, young Islay with plenty of sweet barley to balance the coastal astringency.

Duncan Taylor 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
4 A lovely matured blend. The oldest of the six and the most complex.

Duncan Taylor Kyloe
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
4 The ABV gives it a real punchy intensity but at the end of the, day it is still just a very grain heavy blend.

Duncan Taylor The Gentleman's Dram
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
4 I must admit, it was more subtly smoked than I expected but that smoke really lingers and the finish is probably the best of the six.

Four Roses Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but it's entertaining. There's a real battle going on between the spirit and the oak.

Glacier Distilling Company Wheatfish
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Quite unique and unlike any other wheat whisky I've tasted. Almost Irish in style and character.

Glen Breton Single Malt Whisky Ice 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Canada - 57.20%
7 You have to love its youthful intensity.

Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70%
7 A confident, well-rounded cask strength expression from an often underrated distillery.

Glenfarclas 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Not a ‘sherry bomb' Glenfarclas by any means. Quite complex, but the finish is a little drier than might be expected.

Glenrothes Elder's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Soft and rounded – a step up from Manse Reserve in being very nearly the complete article.

Glenrothes Manse Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Quite light on the palate; a very pleasant dram.

Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Rounded, confident and complex. Old Glenrothes in top form.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Blended Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 Diverse aroma and flavour characteristics are intertwined in a manner typical of a fine Japanese whisky.

Highland Park Einar
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Nicely balanced, not overly complex.

Highland Park Harald
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Getting close to what we expect our Highland Parks to be.

Highland Park Ragnvald
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60%
9 Nicely balanced and complex. Classic Highland Park and the pick of the Warrior pack.

Highland Park Sigurd
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Clear evidence of a higher proportion of Spanish oak-matured spirit here.

Highland Park Svein
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Quite an easy-drinking, relatively lightweight Highland Park.

Highland Park Thorfinn
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.10%
8 A lovely old Highland Park, but a bit hard on the wallet.

Islay Mist 8 Years Old Manzanilla La Gitana Cask Finish
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 That's how to make a great blend! The Islay component dominates, but you can't argue with quality.

Jim Beam Kentucky Dram
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 A curious beast! The name suggests a fusion of Bourbon and Scotch. Interesting idea in theory!

Laphroaig 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Comments: Ticks all the ‘true' Laphroaig boxes, but doesn't match this year's revived 15 Years Old for overall excellence which is a pity.

Master of Malt Bruichladdich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
7 A pleasant Islay. Water makes the oak a little bitter.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glenallachie Batch 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70%
7 Not my favoured style of whisky and for that reason... I'm out!

The GlenDronach The Heilan'
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Dense, succulent and very enjoyable.

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Straightforward, easy-drinking Glenlivet at a fair price.

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Another interesting and more complex departure from the ‘standard' Master Distiller's Reserve, but not sure it's worth twice the price of the Solera Vatted expression.

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Solera Vatted
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Master Distiller's Reserve takes a new and attractive direction.

Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey Nectarine & Honey
Whisky Liqueur - U.S.A. - 35.00%
7 It's always difficult to score flavoured new make highly as by its very nature there is not much in the way of complexity. As they say, it is what it is! – Peachy Dog!

Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A real fruit bomb of a malt!

Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
4 Just like the Spice King it showed more complexity on the nose than on the palate.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
4 A lovely blended malt. My only gripe is that the palate is a little too oily, muting the fresher elements and complexity of the nose.

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
4 A vast improvement on what it used to be like.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World Series: Port Finish
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A late harvested wine cask finished rye whisky? It's dangerously drinkable!

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