From the Editor
You'll notice a small change in the leader column this issue: the picture next to it is not of The Walrus of Whisky, Charles MacLean, though he continues in his capacity as Editor-at-Large. I've just...
April 2001, Issue 15, page 5
How hip is your flask?
Michael Jackson, on the road, With an ear for a great whisky
April 2001, Issue 15, page 7
Please, don't bring me sunshine
Jim Murray knows one peculiar breed of Scotsman currently enjoying the wet conditions that are leaving thousands of Britons' homes under feet of water- the distiller
April 2001, Issue 15, page 8
Martin Betts muses on the effect St Patrick's Day has on people not just in Ireland, but all over the world
April 2001, Issue 15, page 20
Journey from hell to reach whisky heaven (Bushmills)
Stuart Maclean Ramsay embarks on a perilous pilgrimage to Bushmills, home of the world's oldest distillery, in an attempt to find out why, after visiting , some people talk of reincarnation and spirit...
April 2001, Issue 15, page 24
A future classic from a modern distillery
John Lamond visits the Isle of Arran Distilleryy, a modern distillery that produces a whisky that may well have enthusiasts challenging their own perception of what is their favourite malt
April 2001, Issue 15, page 28
Gone but not forgotten
Robin Brilleman takes a tour of the Scottish Highlands and visits the distilleries that have, over the course of time, ceadsed production but whose malts have left a lasting imprint on whisky history.
April 2001, Issue 15, page 32
War, Washington Whiskey
Riannon Walsh uncovers the work of archaeologists rebuilding an important piece of American, and whiskey, history- the distillery owned by George Washington, celebrated General and the first President
April 2001, Issue 15, page 38
Ireland's theory of evolution
Susy Atkins examines Irish drinking culture and discovers that drinkers tastes have gradually changed and moved beyond Guinness, whiskey and liqueurs.
April 2001, Issue 15, page 44
The essential guide to Speyside bars
David Stirk is 'entertained in a truly Scottish manner' during his five-day whistle stop tour of Speyside allowing him to bring you the definitive guide to Speyside's best bars
April 2001, Issue 15, page 48
Blackadder goes forth
Tom Bruce-Gardyne talks to Robin Tcek, proprietor of the independent bottler blackadder, and finds out why he dislikes filtering, industry attitudes and armchairs
April 2001, Issue 15, page 52
Edinburgh, whisky and crime (Ian Rankin)
Marcin Miller talks to author Ian Rankin, 'the hottest name in British crime fiction', a whisky enthusiast with a gift for finding good bars
April 2001, Issue 15, page 56
Pilgrimage to Ireland's green spot
Stuart Maclean Ransay makes a nostalgic return to Ireland after twenty years and finds that, despite the pace of life accelerating, a little bit of Dublin is still 'an oasis of Celtic civility'
April 2001, Issue 15, page 58
Cream of Campbeltown
Martine Nouet savours Campeltown's whiskies before creating a menu that reflects that lush pastures, beautiful landscape and gentle light of Kintyre.
April 2001, Issue 15, page 60
In conversation with Barry Crockett
Charles Maclean talks to Barry Crockett, Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery
April 2001, Issue 15, page 82
Balblair 1969 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 For a whisky that is very light when young, this matures surprisingly well and for long periods
Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 43.00% 8 The aroma that I associate with a traditional Irish. A superb example for everyday drinking.
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 There is some virgin oak in this one, along with bourbon casks. Bonus points for trying something new, but would have expected more interesting results. I find it a bit light tasting. Try it with fres...
Bushmills 12 Years Old Distillery Reserve
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Despite being a malt, it still, somehow has an Irish accent. Slightly more personality than the Bushmills malt at 16 Years Old. Drinkable and sociable.
Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Is the house character overwhelmed by the three woods (bourbon, sherry and port)? I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Compass Box Hedonism
Grain - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Remarkably flavoursome and enjoyable for a blend of grain whiskies.
Connemara Cask Strength
Single Malt - Ireland - 59.60% 8 The paler colour suggests less interesting casks. The higher the alcohol adds to the pepperiness. The end result is drier, more cutting, but less rounded than the 40%.
Connemara Peated Single Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Lots happening. Chimney pots of smoke. I love this whiskey.
Cooper's Choice Mortlach 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A good bottling of this lovely malt. Mortlach has such complexity that I find new aromas and flavours every time I raise the glass.
Cooper's Choice Rosebank 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A reminder of a great Lowland malt lost.
Highland Park 1977 Bicentenary Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 My favourite expression of whisky's greatest all rounder. Sets an incredibly high standard for Highland Park to maintain.
Jameson 12 Years Old, Old Distillery Reserve
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 I find the aroma quite sexy. The palate is big, but the finish leaves me wondering about the casks.
Jameson 15 Years Old Limited Edition
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Those oily aromatics are quite a shock at first. Shows just how different a true 'Irish' character was 15 years ago, or does Jameson benefit greatly from age?
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 As with the Caol Ila wood finishes reviewed in the last issue, the calvados is a powerful influence but the whisky does fight back-makes for an interesting combination.
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The wine seems to have made common cause with the juicy sweetness, and the two have overwhelmed the cereal-grain and peat smoke that usually make this a more robust malt. This version would be a good ...
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cognac finishes seem to have achieved results that are, at best, mixed. In this instance, the contribution is less than obvious.
Rare Malts Cardhu 1973 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 7 They made bigger, peatier whiskies in those days.
Rare Malts Coleburn 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 7 The best Coleburn I have tasted.
Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50% 9 Pungent, powerful and appetising. A dram for the Islay-lover and connoisseur. This distillery should be revived.
Rare Malts Teaninich 1972 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 8 This little-known malt almost always surprises me with its robust flavours.
Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Those oily, cakey aromas still have me hankering for a weekend in Dublin. Tea and cakes at the Shelbourne, then off to the Horseshoe Bar for the first whiskey of the evening.
Signatory Caol Ila 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 An excellent example of Caol Illa, a highly distinctive malt that is gaining in recognition.
Signatory The Glenrothes 1968 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.50% 8 Less soft than the younger expression. A drier, more robust, expression.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Another light-tasting malt that blossoms with age. Its flavours belie the use of a malt that is scarcely peated.
The Glenrothes 1987, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The flavour metaphors evoke childhood, but this is a very adult, sophisticated malt.
Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Sophisticated and seductive, but I always find it a little lacking in substance.
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Pleasant, light. For sociable drinking.
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