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Whisky Magazine Issue 136

Whisky Magazine Issue 136

Whisky Magazine Issue 136

In this issue - Photo Challenge 2016 winners, WhistlePig, Scottish visitor centres, Tobermory

Published June 2016

Summer Approaches
It's all about the bike

June 2016, Issue 136, page 3

Speyside Festival
Another sensational event with record ticket sales

June 2016, Issue 136, page 6

Whisky Live
Whisky Live Tel Aviv

June 2016, Issue 136, page 7

The Prince of Rock
Raising a dram in tribute to the Royal Highness of pop

June 2016, Issue 136, page 9

It's All About the Pouring
The role of the Whiskey Brand Ambassador

June 2016, Issue 136, page 11

Victory in Vermont
How WhistlePig won through after five years

June 2016, Issue 136, page 19

Scotch in the Pipeline
The boom in demand gathers pace

June 2016, Issue 136, page 23

Dr Livermore Master Blender
The art and science of flavour

June 2016, Issue 136, page 28

Battle Dystilleria Begins
The Battle of the Blends No. 2 Round One

June 2016, Issue 136, page 32

Top Ten Scottish Distillery Visitor Centres
A selection of the very best from The Orkneys to The Lowlands

June 2016, Issue 136, page 36

Grain Whisky and its Ageing Process
How the flavour profile develops

June 2016, Issue 136, page 41

Cut to the Point
Georgie Bell from Diageo

June 2016, Issue 136, page 44

The Lore of Laphroaig
An expression of taste

June 2016, Issue 136, page 46

Q & A
John Campbell explains the story behind Laphroaig Lore

June 2016, Issue 136, page 48

Tobermory the Survivor
A 'Safe Haven' for Distell International

June 2016, Issue 136, page 51

All Aboard
The Murray McDavid sets sail

June 2016, Issue 136, page 54

The Future for Cocktails
How the culinary scene is having an influence

June 2016, Issue 136, page 58

Whisky Canapé Pairings
The concentration of flavour

June 2016, Issue 136, page 60

An Entertaining Read
Recently published whisky related books

June 2016, Issue 136, page 77

Whisky Experience Festival
World Duty Free showcases exclusive whiskies

June 2016, Issue 136, page 78

Top End Volatility
Has the bottom fallen out of collectibles

June 2016, Issue 136, page 80

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

June 2016, Issue 136, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Glenury Royal 1973 Cask #6867
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
9 Not enough space to describe the brilliance of this whisky!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ben Nevis Mr Taketsuru's Cask 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.30%
9 Raw and wild unless you add water! Enjoyable and memorable.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cragganmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40%
9 A stunning dram! Sensational neat or with water.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 8 Years Old 200 Years 1816 - 2016
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 A lovely Islay. Not overblown peat wise, just very well balanced and seriously salty!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig Lore
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Wood, peat and treacle makes for an entertaining mouthful!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Michter's Straight Rye 10 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.60%
8 Intense! Some may find it too dry and bitter, but to me, its fun!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Smögen Svensk Sherry Project 1:4
Single Malt - Sweden - 57.20%
9 A fascinating experience!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Five Decades
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 A funky, herbal, sherry monster. Goes rather well with a cigar!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

WhistlePig 15 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 A brilliant rye. If the nose had the clarity and intensity of the rye that the palate did, it would be running for Editor's Choice.

anCnoc Blas
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
8 I had a feeling that this would do water particularly well and I was correct in that assumption.

Berrys' Single Grain Scotch Whisky 2005, Strathclyde, Cask #106491
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.70%
7 No need to add water to this one.

Elements of Islay Peat
Blended Malt - Scotland - 59.30%
8 Neat, this is superb. I love the way the nose slowly unwinds to reveal layers of complexity.

Hyde Irish Whiskey Single Grain Bourbon Matured
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 A vatted grain? It certainly exhibits youth and maturity and possibly wine finished. Either way it's very enjoyable.

Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Gives the impression of a worn out old spirit and revived by vatting in youthful spirit.

Limeburners Sherry Cask, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Australia - 61.00%
8 Clearly well made whisky, with a very dominant cask.

Parker's Heritage Collection 8 Years Old Straight Malt Whiskey
Blended Grain - U.S.A. - 54.00%
8 Intriguing and contemplative. In fact it goes rather well with Green and Blacks organic milk chocolate!

Single Malt - Italy - 43.00%
8 Lovely aromas, but the palate lacks the promise or complexity of the nose. Definitely a work in progress.

St. Patrick's Irish Whiskey Oak Aged
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
7 A pleasant blend, although I would have liked to have seen some malt character on the palate.

The Dalmore 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 A perfectly laid-back whisky, for those laid-back moments!

The Glenturret Peated Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Not a style of whisky that I get on with and this doesn't have enough balancing sweetness from either fruit or spirit.

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