From the Editor
The Keepers promote the goodwill of the industry and honour those who have made a significant contribution to it
July 2001, Issue 17, page 5
The whisky lesson
Michael Jackson, friend of malt, learns the British way
July 2001, Issue 17, page 7
Whisky and soap - the wrong blend
Dave Broom considers why Scotch has become the chosen tipple for British soap opera characters hell-bent on self-destruction
July 2001, Issue 17, page 8
Awards celebration with Glenfiddich
Whisky Magazine had two of its writers nominated for awards at the prestigious Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards. Contributing Editor Dave Broom was nominated in the best Drink Writer category (won by ...
July 2001, Issue 17, page 13
British food and drink savoured in Lisbon
The Single Malt Club Of Scotland was launched in Portugal at a ceremony held at the Ambassador's Residence in Lisbon. Over 100 whisky enthusiasts attended the event in April, including members of the ...
July 2001, Issue 17, page 13
Kentucky ready to take visitors to its heart
Whisky Magazine will again be present at this year's Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which is to be held in the heart of bourbon country in September. Bardstown, Kentucky, is the centre of the world's bo...
July 2001, Issue 17, page 13
The unsung heroes of whisky
Dave Broom talks to the people behind some of the world's most famous brands, the blenders, and attempts to piece together the complex jigsaw of tasks their job entails
July 2001, Issue 17, page 16
A day in the life... (Richard Paterson)
Dave Broom follows JBB's Richard Paterson on a typical working day and learns much about blending, showbiz and living life at full pelt
July 2001, Issue 17, page 20
Owing it all to Islington
Gavin Smith recounts the early days of blending, when a court case in north London helped secure the future of the Scotch whisky industry
July 2001, Issue 17, page 24
Live and kicking
Marcin Miller evaluates the inaugural Whisky Magazine Live and comes to the conclusion that if you missed it, you missed out
July 2001, Issue 17, page 28
Martin Betts learnt more than a wealth of whisk(e)y knowledge from Whisky Magazine Live's Masterclasses, he found out that the Master Blenders and Distillers could communicate with the enthusiast with...
July 2001, Issue 17, page 30
Desperately seeking Speyside
“To set foot somewhere is a physical connection, a sense of truly being there. I wanted to feel Speyside as terra firma.” Pictures and story by a footsore Michael Jackson
July 2001, Issue 17, page 34
A very regal distillery (Strathisla)
David Stirk visits Strathisla Distillery, the home of Chivas Regal and a fine single malt. Additional words by Martin Betts
July 2001, Issue 17, page 38
From soft touch to cask strength
Tom Bruce-Gardyne recounts the history of Cadenhead, a company once regarded as a “soft touch” but now better known for being quick to spot business opportunities in the whisky industry
July 2001, Issue 17, page 44
Bushmills, boiled socks and baloney
Brigid James rounds up the latest news and opinions from the definitive whisky website, www.whisky-world.com
July 2001, Issue 17, page 47
Why whisky shouldn't chill out
Anthony Troon puts forward his views on why chill filtering leaves the whisky enthusiast with a spirit that may well be a shadow of its former self
July 2001, Issue 17, page 48
Mini bottles, big obsession
Brian Hennigan investigates the murky world of the miniature collector and discovers that these hardened collectors will stop at nothing to achieve their goals
July 2001, Issue 17, page 52
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Deceptively gentle at first. I have on occasion been completely led astray by what seems to be mildness of this whisky, then taken on a journey of rediscovery. I find new flavours every time.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A lovely, luxurious whisky. I imagine a restaurant called café Opera. First, a little foie gras, then a couple of Maine lobsters, Marron glacé....and Blue Label?
The Macallan 1961 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 This one I loved. The flavours have melded beautifully, in what must have been an excellent cask.
Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Demanding and stern. Take some time to understand it. A complex whisky as it reveals its secrets.
Bushmills 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 A delicious whisky. The sweetness and nuttiness of Bushmills whiskey and of Madeira are an enjoyable double-act. The whiskey has to work hard to avoid being upstaged.
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A bit overbalanced by sherry, but nicely rounded by the smoky finish.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Stylish and cool. Supper club whisky.
Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 In the rich, luxurious, style, this is a long established favourite of mine.
The Macallan 1951 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 8 I am a great devotee of the older Macallans, but this one is too woody for me.
William Grant's 18 Years Old, Deluxe Blend
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Leans toward peat-smoke, but beautifully composed. Luxurious. With a cigar?
Adelphi Rosebank 1992, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 8 The aroma promised much, but the palate is curiously drying. Rosebank was never peaty, and this is too young to be woody, so I don't know the origin of that harshness.
Ballantine's 17 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The blending skills at Ballantine have long been renowned. The 17 has always seemed to me the most eloquent demonstration of that. Beautifully composed and mature.
Ballantine's Gold Seal, 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Gold seal is a particularly rich version of Ballantine, but this bottling seems even sweeter and less peaty than I remember. For me, the syrupiness swamps the house character.
Blackadder Blairfindy 1980 Raw Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 Those flavours in mid-palate afford a glimpse of a delicious malt but the wood is very dominating.
Chivas Regal 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Delicately balanced. Clean. Drinkable. There is an element of luxury, but never quite the frisson of luxury that the marketing implies.
Clan Campbell Highlander 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Rounded. On the sweet side.
Clan Campbell Legendary, 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 With a light, fragrant cigar?
Compass Box Asyla
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Plenty of attack, but straightforward rather than complex. Suggested as a base for cocktails. I'll work on that...
Famous Grouse Gold Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A superb job of blending. When I tasted this whisky on its own, I thought it was good, but not especially distinctive. Tasted among its competitors, it was one of the standouts.
Grand Old Parr 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 If you want to taste barley in a blend, look no further than this muscular heavyweight.
Islay Mist 17 Years Old, Premium
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The Islay aromas and flavours seemed to have almost vanished among the heathery mainland notes in the blending. They were just hiding. I came back to the glass three or four hours later and they had e...
Isle of Skye 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Tasty, satisfying. Linger over it. It opens up after a long time in the glass.
James Martin's Deluxe Blend 20 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very sweet. A mid afternoon pick me up? A dessert whisky?
Royal Silk Rare Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Pleasant, though real character emerges only in the finish.
Scottish Leader 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 More subtlety sophistication and elegance than the Platinum.
Scottish Leader Platinum Seal
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Remarkably fruity, but in a lively interplay with all the other elements.
The Speyside 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Good to see one of the newest distilleries now offering a 10 Years Old. One to watch.
The Whisky Exchange Glen Grant 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 7 With water, more toffeish malt notes emerge in the middle, but the wood is very dominating.
Whyte & Mackay 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Do you have a sweet tooth? Verges on the liqueur-ish.
Whyte & Mackay 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Still on the sweet side but dexterously balanced. Beautifully rounded flavours.
Whyte & Mackay 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 More backbone. Slightly haughty, but clubbable.
William Grant's 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A dessert malt? Remarkably sweet and chocolatey until water is added.
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