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Whisky Magazine Issue 145

Whisky Magazine Issue 145

Whisky Magazine Issue 145

In this issue - A visit to Highland Park, Willie Cochrane and Claive Vidiz interviewed. Plus we kick off Battle of the Blends series three.

Published July 2017

Lost in Distillation
Musings about the art that has been practised for centuries

July 2017, Issue 145, page 3

Meet the new boss
Walsh Whiskey distillery has appointed Lisa Ryan as new distillery manager

July 2017, Issue 145, page 6

Events
A round up from the Whisky Live network

July 2017, Issue 145, page 9

Bourbon goes mainstream
The quest for more knowledge is on the rise as Bourbon soars

July 2017, Issue 145, page 11

Islay madness
The island breathes again after its festival frolics

July 2017, Issue 145, page 12

That's my whisky
Part 3 – Turning plant into whisky

July 2017, Issue 145, page 22

Orcadian Spirit
Highland Park as gone back to its roots

July 2017, Issue 145, page 26

Bourbon invasion
Our man looks at how Bourbon invaded Australia

July 2017, Issue 145, page 32

The original collector
Five minutes with the whisky collector Claive Vidiz

July 2017, Issue 145, page 36

Rags to Riches on bootleg booze
The story of the Bahamas and whisky

July 2017, Issue 145, page 38

Battle of the Blends
We kick off series three

July 2017, Issue 145, page 42

The Diurach
An interview with former Jura Distillery manager Willie Cochraine

July 2017, Issue 145, page 44

Influential factors
What influence can a sherry cask have?

July 2017, Issue 145, page 50

The kit
Kavalan's dechar rechar machine

July 2017, Issue 145, page 52

Spirit rising
Islay's newest distillery comes into focus

July 2017, Issue 145, page 54

Cigars and whisky
Fermentation is not just a whisky thing

July 2017, Issue 145, page 56

Loud and Clearac
Cocktails with new make

July 2017, Issue 145, page 58

Capturing summer
Ideas for preserving summer's flavours

July 2017, Issue 145, page 60

Highland Park and Heathrow
A rare bottling lands at the London hub

July 2017, Issue 145, page 78

On the up
Auction prices are soaring

July 2017, Issue 145, page 80

Q and A
Your questions answered

July 2017, Issue 145, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The GlenDronach 14 Years Old Single Cask Batch 14
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 A top-drawer dram. Body, power, complexity and interesting development.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Smögen Triple
Single Malt - Sweden - 54.00%
8 Wears the soap. That soap diminishes a solid dram.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Malts Single Cask Banquet of Fruits
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The apple of my eye. Plenty of vanilla-y American Oak influence in this, but it's balanced out by all that fruit and funk.

291 Colorado Whiskey Bad Guy Colorado Whiskey Batch #2
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 59.70%
8 I love it, but the big mouthful of flowers will be polarising. The florality is so Cognac-like, it's unbelievable. Sip while in a leather wingback chair.

Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Earthy and fruity at the same time.

Berrys' Own Selection Texas Legation Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00%
7 Wouldn't be surprised if there's a high proportion of corn in this mash bill! Once you pop…

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
7 Millions of peaches, peaches for me.

Bushmills Red Bush
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
7 A delicate drop overtaken by tannin, someone left that tea a bit too long.

Deerstalker Blended Malt Peated Edition
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Totally nuts about you… perhaps I'm 'nut' that into you after all. Pleasing, but one minute it's there, the next it's gone.

Highland Park Valkyrie
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.90%
7 Cereal, subtle smoke and sweetness… an island dram ticking all boxes.

James Eadie Caol Ila Small Batch
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The winds blow Caribbean tropics to Islay.

Method and Madness Single Malt Enhanced with Limousin Oak
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 A great after-dinner drop, with lovely richness.

Penderyn Myth
Single Malt - Wales - 41.00%
7 Reminiscent of playing in cut grass on a summer's day with a pocket full of sweets. Seems relatively young, with strong American Oak influence. I'd be interested to see this liquid with more years on ...

Ransom Rye, Barley, Wheat Whiskey
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 46.70%
8 The rye spice is tempered by grain. Dry leathery note is a great foil to the sweeter characters.

Slane Irish Whiskey
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 40.00%
7 Well balanced. A solid workhorse of a whiskey.

SPEY Fumare
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The main interest with this is the oily mouthfeel. A balanced, easy-drinking dram that I could drink a lot of in one sitting.

The GlenDronach 14 Years Old Marsala
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
6 Not what I was expecting, perhaps a rogue sample?

Tomatin 14 Years Old 2002
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The colour of this is pretty unusual – a pale burnished copper with a pink tinge. Overall a light, fruity dram with good grip.

Tomatin Five Virtues Fire Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The dryness of the palate balances out that creamy vanilla nicely.

Wemyss Malts Single Casks Summer Breeze
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The aromatics are almost railroaded by the spices… but not quite. In the end, it comes up smelling of roses.

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