Now Hear This
It's all about the radio
October 2016, Issue 139, page 3
New Islay Distillery
£8m Ardnahoe will be first distillery on the island for more than a decade
October 2016, Issue 139, page 6
Whisky Live Singapore
October 2016, Issue 139, page 9
What's In A Title?
Quite a lot, if you happen to be a genuine master distiller
October 2016, Issue 139, page 11
Success stories abound
October 2016, Issue 139, page 13
Going With The Grain
Fuji Gotemba and the 'three umami brothers'
October 2016, Issue 139, page 21
The Maverick Distillery
Pushing the boundaries at Bruichladdich
October 2016, Issue 139, page 26
Raiders Of The Lost Cask
The Battle of the Blends No 2 Round 4
October 2016, Issue 139, page 30
The Master Of Sound
Danton Supple - record producer extraordinaire
October 2016, Issue 139, page 34
Cowboys and Whisky
Davin De Kergommeaux takes us on an adventure through the Rockies
October 2016, Issue 139, page 38
Single Barrel Bourbons
A brand's true DNA
October 2016, Issue 139, page 43
Whiskey Trail Fever
Where to find the best visitor centres outside Kentucky
October 2016, Issue 139, page 46
Travel Retail Exclusives
A year in the life of the duty-free business
October 2016, Issue 139, page 50
Bonfire Night Snacks
Remember, remember 5 November
October 2016, Issue 139, page 60
Recently published whisky related books
October 2016, Issue 139, page 77
The Far East Promise
Asian airports raise the bar
October 2016, Issue 139, page 78
Springbank: Buy The Cask
Is it time to take the money and run?
October 2016, Issue 139, page 80
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.50% 9 Balanced and mature. Just how a sherry cask should be.
Compass Box Enlightenment
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An exceptionally well-crafted vatted malt with a lovely balance of maturity and youth.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 A bold dram with lots of oak influence.
High West Campfire
Blended - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 A blend of peated malt and Bourbon? Very odd, but it works surprisingly well.
Kilkerran 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Classic, oozing character and class. If you love this style of whisky, then it's a must buy!
Lombard Single Malt Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 This can only come from one distillery in Scotland. Unique and stunning!
The Lost Distillery Company Classic Selection Lossit
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I can feel the salt crystals forming on my tongue after that one!
Tomatin Warehouse 6 Collection 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 8 Dark chocolate and whisky, my favourite combination and if I can have it in a glass, then even better!
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A pretty entertaining dram. I certainly wasn't expecting that finish!
Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release Briny Tangle
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Heavenly. I'd buy it for the finish alone, which incidentally lasts for minutes.
A. D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 50.00% 7 You can't hurry maturation.
anCnoc Black Hill Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Don't let this whisky's pale straw colour deceive – this is a lively, assertive, fresh-tasting dram whose flavours linger pleasingly on the palate.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Definitely not a smoke bomb this whisky, but a drop or two of water might be appreciated by some to tame the relatively high strength.
Armorik Maître de Chai
Single Malt - France - 46.00% 8 Distinctly different and proving once again that great whisky-making isn't just the preserve of the Scottish.
Ballaglass Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A grain heavy blend which has a lovely vibrancy and just enough malt character to add depth.
Dalriada Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A pleasant, relatively straight-forward blend, which shows a good malt/grain balance.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A real tropical fruit bomb of a whisky. Lots to like and savour here if you like things on the sweeter side.
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 8 At 51.5% ABV a drop or two of water is needed to open up and soften what is otherwise quite a full-on whisky.
Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 If only the palate mirrored the nose.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 All in all very moreish whisky with some oaky bite adding a bit of oomph. Really rather good.
Glenmorangie The Duthac
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A fruity sherry-style whisky with plenty of depth to recommend it in my book.
Glenmorangie The Tarlogan
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Difficult to say no to. An attractively smooth, complex whisky that keeps you coming back for more.
Glenmorangie The Tayne
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A delicate nose for sure, but then powerful, rich and elegant on the palate. Definitely one to take your time over.
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 7 A solid, drinkable, everyday whiskey, lacking a little complexity, but very acceptable.
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 7 A curious beast this one – the odd nose belies an attractively smooth tasting whiskey with some very interesting flavours.
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00% 7 A well-balanced, elegant whiskey which delivers a good balance of sweet and spice.
Koval Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00% 8 Not sure what to make of this gin inspired Bourbon.
Lady of the Glen Auchentoshan 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30% 7 I think this has been bottled just in the nick of time.
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 If you a like a sherried style of whisky this one is definitely for you. Complex, rich and beautifully mature.
Signature Deluxe Blend
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A bold, mature whisky with an intriguing nose and woody flavour. A good match for a plate of smoked salmon.
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A little underwhelming. The flavours feel a bit muddled and undeveloped and the relatively high strength delivers a burn which needs taming.
Loch Lomond 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Something of a hot firecracker of a whisky. Interestingly, the addition of water ramps up the smokiness on both the nose and palate
Murray McDavid Benchmark: Tobermory 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Luckily, it hasn't been compromised by sulphur tainted sherry butts.
Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask Matured
Single Malt - Australia - 47.50% 8 Refreshing to see a well-matured Australian whisky that is not overpowered by sherry. I'll drink to that!
Sutcliffe and Son The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 There appears to be a lot of first-fill American oak here and is a lesson on how influencing it can be.
The Dalmore Dominium
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Too sweet for some perhaps, but those with a liking for sherry-influenced whiskies will find a lot to like here
The Dalmore Luceo
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A complex, mature whisky with lots of depth and richness. One to savour and take time to enjoy — a perfect dram to enjoy with friends while putting the world to rights.
The Dalmore Regalis
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Not too much to get the pulses racing here. A perfectly acceptable straightforward dram, but perhaps lacking a bit of character and depth.
The Dalmore Valour
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A proper comfort blanket of a whisky this one. One to enjoy on a winter evening in front of a fire; sweet and rich with a hint of spice.
Tomatin 15 Years Old American Oak Casks
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A drop of water helps soften up this quite high strength whisky, making it more mellow and approachable.
Tomatin 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Delightfully, intense whisky that delights and surprises at every turn. It has real depth and character. A bottle of this wouldn't last long in my house.
Tomatin 8 Years Old Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 What to make of this oddball? Some rather contrasting, complex flavours that strangely hang together rather well. One to ponder and enjoy.
Subscribe to Whisky Magazine to have every issue delivered direct to your door.