A tangled web
Richard Jolley delves into the ether for a wide world of whisky web sites and discusses the future for the spirit online
May 2002, Issue 22, page
From the Editor
In Issue 20, Pip Hills argued, with some passion, the case for Scotch being a cultural product. Surely the government will be doing whatever it can to support and energise the industry? At the time of...
May 2002, Issue 22, page 5
The public burning
Michael Jackson has a touch of Talisker's Syndrome
May 2002, Issue 22, page 7
Rant rant rant
Dave Broom joins the rant race
May 2002, Issue 22, page 8
The Whisky Academy
The inaugural annual Whisky Magazine award for those individuals who have excelled in their contribution to the whisky industry
May 2002, Issue 22, page 18
The 2 Barries
The hands-on whiskey makers who have helped re-shape Irish whiskey, in conversation with Michael Jackson
May 2002, Issue 22, page 26
A sense of Islay
Martine Nouet takes a scent and taste tour of whisky's most famous island as a preview for the forthcoming Islay Whisky Festival 2002
May 2002, Issue 22, page 30
Speyside festival preview
It's bigger, it's better and it's back – yes, once again, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is upon us and the organisers promise a host of good things. Ian Buxton investigates
May 2002, Issue 22, page 34
The Forsyth's saga
Tom Bruce-Gardyne visits Speyside still-makers Forsyth's to find out about the leading coppersmiths
May 2002, Issue 22, page 44
A choice dram
Tom Bruce-Gardyne meets one of single-cask bottling's real success stories, as Lorne Mackillop and his Mackillop's Choice label go from strength to strength
May 2002, Issue 22, page 48
Proof at last - the Irish invented whisk(e)y!
A source of pride for the Scots – but Barry Walsh discovers the ‘truth' behind the origins of whisk(e)y
May 2002, Issue 22, page 50
Ian Wisniewski investigates one of whisky's most controversial and maligned ingredients … caramel
May 2002, Issue 22, page 52
Certain whiskies, distillery names and expressions are highly desirable to collectors – Gavin Smith tries to find out why: what makes collectables collectable?
May 2002, Issue 22, page 58
Age before beauty
Does older always mean better with whisky? Gavin Smith looks at the facts
May 2002, Issue 22, page 63
The Irish Rover
William Trevor knew the effects of alcohol on a situation: how it could be both catalyst and extinguisher. Jefferson Chase looks at how Trevor used alcohol as an ingenious device in his work
May 2002, Issue 22, page 77
Haydock: truth is everything
He's back – and this time it's personal. John Haydock keeps the faith, fights the power and damns the man. Well, almost
May 2002, Issue 22, page 82
Cragganmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 It's worth taking the trouble.
Wild Turkey 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50% 8 I like this very much, for its complexity and originality. As a bourbon? The useful phrase ‘something else' comes to mind.
Bowmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Glad to see a Bowmore with an age rather than a brand-name.
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 28 Years Old, The Ardbeggeddon 1972, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.40% 8 One of the best Ardbegs I have ever tasted. Full range of the distillery's typical flavours, lyrically combined.
The Macallan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Can a malt be both popular and good? Of course, but not if your taste is determined by elitism. (The same applies to musicians, writers, etc).
W.L. Weller 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 Plenty of dimension. The acidity makes it especially appetising and drinkable, and potentially an accompaniment to food. Bring on the barbecue.
Adelphi Clynelish 27 Years Old, Cask 2568
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 A robust, straight-ahead Clynelish, which is a great thing.
Antiquary 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Feminine. Elegant. Having talked myself into an oriental mind-set, I begin to wonder whether this whisky would accompany some Asian dishes.
Connoisseur's Choice Ardbeg 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The palate seemed almost disappointingly cosy, but the wildness of Islay was recalled in the finish.
Connoisseur's Choice Caol Ila 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Caol Ila can be a little gin-like. This bottling could be served like a Pimms. Mind you, no gin has such a long finish.
Cutty Sark 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Clean, fresh and refreshing. A whisky for the beach?
Eagle Rare 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 Slightly less sweet than the last bottling I tasted.
Glen Garioch 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 I have always enjoyed Glen Garioch as one of the few peaty whiskies still made in the Highlands. I hope this peaty character does not totally vanish.
Glendullan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Big in both body and flavours, but restrained and controlled throughout.
Glenfarclas 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Confident. Straightforward. A first-class whisky. Well-rounded. No-nonsense.
Glenfiddich 12 Years Old, Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Glenfiddich has much more roundness of flavour since it switched from 'no age statement' to 12 years.
Isle of Skye 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The aromas and flavours evoke breakfast, but in a farmhouse kitchen with an open fire, rused and dashed by the winds down the chimney.
Karuizawa 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 6 I found myself writing some of the same descriptors as I did 15 or 20 years ago. That says something for the consistency of this product.
Linkwood 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Linkwood always evokes thoughts of sweetmeats. This one seems a particularly sweet interpetation.
Lombard Glen Grant 1964
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 I usually find delicate old Glen Grants to be overwhelmed by oak. This example makes for a mature dram with considerable complexity.
Lombard Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Robust, but lacks the delicacy and structure of the best Springbanks.
Mackillop's Choice Caol Ila 1989, Cask 3322
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 7 If Caol Ila can evoke the aroma and flavour of junipers, perhaps it can also suggest olive oil, vine leaves, couscous, baked aubergines. I have had great martinis in Tangier. Next time, a Caol Ila Sou...
Mackillop's Choice Glencadam 1974, Cask 10
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90% 7 Showing its age, but still with the distillery character. Glencadam has its devotees and, with the distillery's future uncertain, supplies are finite.
Mackillop's Choice Linlithgow 1982, Cask 1336
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.60% 7 Very pungent and powerful for a Lowlander. Tending toward harshness. This seems typical of these last Linlithgows.
Mackillop's Choice Tomatin 1975, Cask 4
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 7 Perhaps because the distillery was built to make quantity, as a filler, the industry seems universally – but unfairly – to deny the possibility of Tomatin making a truly interesting single. I coul...
Old Charter 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 A good, substantial bourbon.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Less complex, with the distillery character coming through much more strongly.
Private Collection Glenlivet 1943
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 The Glenlivet is another whisky that I have encountered at great ages, often past their best. This shows its age only in its raffish, extrovert, confidence.
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The flavours hang together better in this version, and I favour it over the port finish, but by too narrow a margin to score.
Scottish Leader Supreme 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very mild, but a blend assembled with great skill and subtlety.
Signatory Bowmore 1975 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.80% 8 Has mellowed with age. I missed the more assertively maritime characteristics in some younger Bowmores.
Signatory Caol Ila 1989, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 The more typical of the two 1989 versions. For me, classic Caol Ila, with a touch of peat, noses ahead of the fruitier, more sensuous, expression.
Signatory Clynelish 1989 South African Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 A very unusual expression of Clynelish.
Tambowie 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Starts interestingly, but doesn't seem to go anywhere.
Tamnavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very much as I remember it. Fresh, attractive.
Van Winkle 12 Years Old, Lot B
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 8 This should obviously be an ingredient of all self-respecting desserts. An accompaniment to them, too. And an after dinner drink. You are in a dry county? So what?
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