From the Editor
Should you be scanning the illustration on the cover of this issue looking for your home country, please don't take offence if it is not there. It's a cartoon and does not, therefore, bear excessive g...
July 2002, Issue 24, page 5
Dave Broom brings a little sunshine to the world of whisky. Next issue
July 2002, Issue 24, page 8
Marcin Miller joined a very select number of invited guests for the ultimate Macallan tasting.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 14
An alternative whisky map of the world...
Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes an irreverent look at the world's 15 largest whisky markets - plus the characters and caricatures you might find in each country. The world of whisky is full of exaggerated per...
July 2002, Issue 24, page 24
A match made in havanna
Whisky and cigars can be a perfect combination. And the best way to taste them is in their country of origin-Cuba- as Damian Riley Smith finds out.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 30
Sharpest tack (Max L Shapira)
Stuart Maclean Ramsay meets Heaven Hill Distillery President Max L Shapira to find out how they keep it in the family and preserve tradition at one of America's premier bourbon producers
July 2002, Issue 24, page 34
Drink writer of the year Dave Broom investigates what exactly makes up a blend- and how blenders are steering away from old-school terminology to describe their art
July 2002, Issue 24, page 38
A touch of glass
There is no doubt that the glass you use has an effect on the appreciation of the spirit therein. Marcin Miller investigate further.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 46
A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery
July 2002, Issue 24, page 52
Simply the best
Martine Nouet exanines the benefits of learning local malts with local produce, a la Islay
July 2002, Issue 24, page 56
Peat is a staple ingredient of many classic whiskie. Ian Wisniewski looks at the hows, and whys and wherefores of this valued element .
July 2002, Issue 24, page 61
Keir Sword of Royal Mile Whiskies is in the chair
July 2002, Issue 24, page 72
The spirit of adventure
Jefferson Chase explores the hard-drinking author Jack London's relationship wiht 'John Barleycorn' both in and out of literature
July 2002, Issue 24, page 77
Blending whisky a dogs life?
Richard Paterson, Kyndal's Master Distiller, takes our Editor's thoughts on dogs as whiskies a step or two further
July 2002, Issue 24, page 82
Adelphi Highland Park 17 Years Old, Cask 2903
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 9 That dance might have been led by Fred Astaire. The great all-rounder in lean and energetic mood. Makes it look easy. Try it with a late-night movie.
Douglas Laing Laphroaig 15 Years Old, 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A lean and lively Laphroaig, more smoky than seaweedy. The flavours are long and persistent. Enjoyable, more-ish and appetising.
Adelphi Royal Brackla 27 Years Old, Cask 5467
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.50% 7 The best Brackla I have tasted. Night-cap?
Cadenhead's Lammerlaw 10 Years Old
Single Malt - New Zealand - 49.10% 7 This bottling is much more aggressive, and drying, than I remember. What happened to the soft maltiness and apricot fruitiness?
Cradle Mountain Double Malt
Single Malt - Australia - 46.00% 8 Plenty of flavours, but they need to be better combined and rounded.
Gordon & MacPhail 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 After a weekend walk in the country? Mid to late afternoon. Who needs tea? Just a slice of fruit pie and a generous dram of Benromach.
Hart Brothers Highland Park 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Needs water to open it and release some of the drier flavours. A gentle expression of Highland Park. I missed the bigger dimensions of the distillery bottlings.
Hart Brothers Strathisla 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Classic Strathisla, in good shape for it's age.
Isle of Jura 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 More wood-extract, or sherry, than I remember. I prefer a drier expression.
Isle of Jura 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The sherry, and the balance of flavours, seem to work better in this version.
Lombard Highland Park 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Very slow, long, flavour development. Gets up to speed at the very end.
Lombard Lochside 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Lochside was a capricious malt, but it is missed nonetheless.
McCarthy's Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 40.00% 6 In a young whisky, I would have expected more freshness of flavour, but the elements are there, and the product shows promise.
McDowell's Single Malt
Single Malt - India - 42.80% 6 Somewhat one-dimensional.
Milford 10 Years Old
Single Malt - New Zealand - 43.00% 7 Good flavour development.
Old Pulteney 18 Years Old, Sherrywood, Cask 1498
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90% 8 I hope the new owners value this distillery. Its location, stillhouse design and – most important – its whisky, bring something special to the far north.
St George Single Malt
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 43.00% 6 Knowing that this distillery began with eau-de-vie, I hope I am not being suggestible, but I find the fruitiness of this whisky overwhelming.
Waldviertler Feinster Roggenwhisky
Single Malt - Austria - 42.00% 6 A winter whisky. Points for assertiveness.
Single Malt - Austria - 42.00% 6 One to put in the hip-flask for a walk in the forest.
Single Malt - France - 40.00% 7 An enjoyable after dinner malt, though not especially complex.
Whisky Breton Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt - France - 40.00% 7 Pleasant enough, but a Breton whisky should surely offer some kind of regional difference?
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