From the Editor
The week before Christmas we received official confirmation from the Scotch Whisky Association – the Scotch whisky trade's governing body – that drinking whisky is good for you. Good news indeed. ...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 5
My frisky Valentine
Michael Jackson has a story of seduction, and a moral for all would-be seducers
March 1999, Issue 2, page 7
See you in court
Jim Murray beomans a legal spat over a barrel, from which only the solicitors and whisky experts will gain
March 1999, Issue 2, page 8
Hammer of the Scots
If you want to spend thousands on a bottle of whisky, head for an auction. Jonathon Goodall looks at what to collect, and how to finance some luxurious drinking.
March 1999, Issue 2, page 16
Right foot forward
The original John Walker supplied tea and biscuits, wine and whisky to the sober bughers of Kilmarnock; his descendant Sir Alec Walker built a bath big enough for Churchill. Charles Maclean looks at a...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 22
Hill and the glens (Jimmy Hill)
Sports commentator Jimmy Hill loves Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Scotland generally; so why don't the Scots like him more?
March 1999, Issue 2, page 28
Two bites of the sherry
If you're going to age whisky in heavily scented olorose casks you need a powerfully flavoured spirit to start off with. Stephen Brook examines the elements that make up the Macallan, and how second-...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 34
Elementary my dear Michael
Michael Jackson visits Sherlock's Home in Minnesota: he loves the bar, hates the pun
March 1999, Issue 2, page 39
Down with collectors
John D Lamond laments the rise of whisky collectors- unnatural creatures who should be forced to drink the stuff, and preferably share it with him.
March 1999, Issue 2, page 44
What's in a name?
Jim Murray goes in search of Whiskeytown and encounters more water than whiskey
March 1999, Issue 2, page 50
A suitable cask for treatment
Sixty per cent of the flavour of malt whisky comes from the wood in which it is aged, says Dave Broom-but what does American oak do that European oak doesn't? And what real effects does a fino cask ha...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 52
Charles Maclean, glass in hand, continues his course in how to taste whisky
March 1999, Issue 2, page 58
Glenweevil an everyday story of distilling folk 2
The story so far at our fictional distillery: under the new ownership Andrew had to reapply for his own job. Ruth has informed Andrew of the discovery of several casks of pre-war whisky in an old cell...
March 1999, Issue 2, page 74
Aberlour 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 More sophisticated, especially in the finish. Better balanced, but less voluptuous maltiness.
Auchentoshan 1966, 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 8 A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?
Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.
Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very expressive when young – as might be expected from a classic Lowlander.
The Glenlivet 1967 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.32% 8 Lots of flavour development. I enjoyed this one.
The Glenlivet 1970 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.58% 8 Enjoyable, but I expected a little more.
Aberlour 1988, Distiller's Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 An astonishingly malty whisky. For someone who wants to taste the eponymous ingredient, this shows it at its best.
Adelphi Bladnoch 22 Years Old, Single cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 On the dry side for this whisky.
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1980, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 Slightly lean. Where is the fruity softness of Bladnoch?
Connoisseur's Choice Bladnoch 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The light touch of sherry helps bring out the soft, fruity, flavours.
Connoisseur's Choice Rosebank 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A deft balance between the whisky's own character and the sherry.
Glenkinchie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 I always enjoy this whisky, even though it is not the most typical of Lowlanders.
Glenkinchie 1986 Amontillado cask finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 As a relatively restrained whisky, Glenkinchie stands up well to the amontillado finish.
Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Not much complexity, but an unusually summery whisky.
Murray McDavid Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Rosebank is a delicate whisky, but just a touch more wood-extract would hold together its flavours.
Murray McDavid Rosebank 1990, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The flowery youth of the whisky and the freshness of the sherry cask achieve an interesting harmony.
The Glenlivet 1968 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.75% 8 Has the complexity I expect from The Glenlivet.
The Glenlivet 1969 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20% 8 A little woody.
The Glenlivet 1972 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.29% 8 A little woody. Choice of cask?
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