From the Editor
A thrill ran through the press shortly before Christmas, summed up by The Scotsman's headline: "Cheaper Whisky As Good As Fine Malts Say Experts" and inspired by a Which? report which had completed a ...
February 2001, Issue 14, page 5
The Night Porter
Michael Jackson on the road again, testifies to the magic of malt... and music
February 2001, Issue 14, page 7
Tribute to a whiskey dreamer
Jim Murray mourns the loss of Cecil Williams, a man dedicated to whiskey and a much loved friend to the end.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 8
Strong whisky, stronger women
James Berry examines the growing trend of women drinking whisky, traditionally a male preserve.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 16
In the male-dominated world of whisky, the contributuin of women is oftern overlooked. Helen Arthur puts the record straight
February 2001, Issue 14, page 20
From concert pianist to connoisseur
Michael Jackson talks to Rachel Barrie, a woman who had childhood dreams of being a ballerina or a concert pianist, but became Glenmorangie's Product Development Leader.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 24
Whisky's longevity can be credited to the efforts of many hard working people. Gavin D Smith lists nine successful women who are currently working hard to secure whisky's future.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 26
Whisky magazine live
Whisky Magazine Live is to be launched very soon, intended to give you, the whisky enthusiast, the opportunity to taste many great whiskies. The event will also give you the chance to enjoy to speakin...
February 2001, Issue 14, page 30
Gangsters, guns and the real McCoy
Tom Bruce-Gardyne traces the history of Berry Bros. and Rudd through Prohibition, a period that saw the birth of one of themost famous blends in the world, Cutty Sark.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 32
Singularly malt cocktails
Gary Regan is currently in hog heaven. Critics believe that he desecrated 'precious malt whisky' live on American television, but malt whisky cocktails aren't quite as strange as you may think
February 2001, Issue 14, page 36
Beauty is in the glass of the beholder (Old Pulteney)
Gavin D Smith tells the story of Old Pulteney, a beautiful whisky from a 'ginm, windswpt fishing town.'
February 2001, Issue 14, page 38
Exploring the geography of taste.
Alex Kraaijevild examines whether there is a correlation between the taste of whisky and distillery location.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 44
The spirit of independence
Damian Riley-Smith visits the home of Julian Van Winkle III, a nam dedicated to producing quality bourbon and adhering to traditional, family values.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 48
Two hundred million reasons to enjoy retirement
Marcin Miller talks to Owsley Brown Frazier, former Vice Chairman of the Brown-Forman Corporation, and finds him calmly enjoying his retirement
February 2001, Issue 14, page 52
Faith in family values: the Brown-Forman story
Martin Betts recounts a tale of a family company that was on the brink of extinction yet became a significant force in the drinks industry.
February 2001, Issue 14, page 54
The bar in the Bluegrass
Ken Hoskins visits Lousiville's Seelbach Hilton Hotel, where Al Capone gambled away his ill-gotten gains, F.Scott Fitzgerald became so drunk he was physically ejected and Max Allen Jr., Kentucky's leg...
February 2001, Issue 14, page 56
Scotch whisky Big in Japan
Marcin Miller captures the spirit of the Far East, where Scotch malt whisky is revered and there is no indigenous whisky publication to indulge the passion of the many Japanese Malt enthusiasts
February 2001, Issue 14, page 58
Tough guys with tender hearts
Martine Nouet embarks on another culinary experiment with Islay malts, pungent yet sweet whiskies she describes as sharing the same character traits as the lleachs
February 2001, Issue 14, page 60
Scotland's obscure corner shop (Whisky Shop)
David Stirk makes a pilgrimage to the heart of Speyside to meet Fiona Murdoch at the Whisky Shop, Dufftown, and collect his medal for visiting this 'obscure corner of Scotland'
February 2001, Issue 14, page 64
In conversation with Norman Shelley
Charles Maclean talks to 'The Perfect Collector', Norman Shelley
February 2001, Issue 14, page 82
Glenfiddich 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.60% 9 This is an urbane whisky that will not easily reveal itself. Take your time with it. Enjoy its company.
The Macallan 1981, Unfiltered Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 9 When I tasted this bottling, I was shocked by its spiciness. When I had recovered my composure, I gradually began to find it very more-ish.
Auchentoshan 1978, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 This seems to me the definitive light tasting (triple-distilled) Lowlander. In theory, such whiskies mature young, but this has aged beautifully.
Glen Garioch 1968, 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 With its chestnut colour and highly distinctive flavours, this is a wonderfully wintery whisky.
Murray McDavid Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The characteristic salt and coconut characteristics of Springbank are very evident in this bottling, but perhaps overwhelmingly so. I may need more time to understand this one.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 All the action is in that finish. A clear points victory for the whisky, with brandy going the distance.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Highland Park 1970, 4.73
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 9 Not as sophisticated as the distillery bottlings, but robustly salty, earthy and peaty. Good characteristics, but in this bottling they mask the maltiness and sherry character. I wonder whether all is...
The Balvenie 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80% 8 Tasting from the cask resulted in slightly different descriptors whereas these notes were based on a sample sent to Whisky Magazine.
The Glenlivet 1967 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 The Glenlivet is the fruitiest, most flowery and most delicate.
The Glenrothes 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I have always felt that Glenrothes deserved to be more widely appreciated and this bottling confirms that opinion. It is on the sweet side, but beautifully rounded. A sophisticated afterdinner malt.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Had I not known that it was matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. I would have guessed that there was some sherry.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 8 Glen Grant is a delicate whisky and does not always benefit from long maturation. This bottling is on the cusp. The distillery character can still be discerned, but only just.
Bunnahabhain 1968, The Family Silver Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Because it is less aggressive than some of its neighbours, Bunnahabhain is often regarded as not being a proper Islay malt. This proves it can be.
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I have always found Benromach assertively flowery, herbal, almost cedary. Will this highly distinctive character prevail in the new, smaller, stills introduced since the change of ownership? Tastings...
Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Linkwood is a lovely whisky, especially in its older incarnations.
Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Remarkably scenty. Very clean indeed. Delicate for my tastes but if you like an elegant malt.....
Kingsbury Glen Albyn 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.10% 8 No distillery deserves to be knocked down to accommodate a strip mall, but Glen Albyn just did not have the muscle to defend itself (as Tom Wait might have put it).
Kingsbury Tamdhu 1966
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A welcome bottling of this neglected malt, and an interesting example.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Calvados
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The Calvados character is almost overwhelming but Caol Ila comes surging through in the finish.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The least characterful of the three Caol Ila wood finishes.
Signatory Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 At first tasting, I was hard-pressed to find any Islay character at all. On a second tasting, the next morning with a fresh palate, I began to find some smokiness. Even then, it seemed to emerge on th...
Signatory Dallas Dhu 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70% 7 More woody and astringent than earlier bottlings at similar ages.
Signatory Glenlossie 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Delicate, appetising and refreshing, but falls away in the middle.
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