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Whisky Magazine Issue 25

Whisky Magazine Issue 25

Whisky Magazine Issue 25

In this issue - Whisky and humour - John Glaser - Cragganmore - Grain whisky tasting

Published August 2002

From the Editor
Regular readers of this magazine are no doubt aware that, if they have the cash to hand, there are distilleries out there simply waiting for a decent offer. This has manifested itself in several we...

August 2002, Issue 25, page 5

Sorry, no cigar
Michael Jackson faces the legacy of Beano and Dandy

August 2002, Issue 25, page 7

A lochindaal moment
Dave Broom takes a deep breath and plunges headlong into the wonders of Islay

August 2002, Issue 25, page 8

A barrel of laughs
Brian Hennigan chuckles his way through a rich supply of Scottish whisky humour

August 2002, Issue 25, page 18

A spirited event
James Millard explains why the Speyside Whisky Festival is a mean contender in the whisky event stakes

August 2002, Issue 25, page 26

Simply misunderstood
Dave Broom sticks up for the overlooked 'oddball' of the whisky world, with some expert help

August 2002, Issue 25, page 30

Box clever (John Glaser)
Dave Broom talks to John Glaser, the man exploring the boundaries of whisky

August 2002, Issue 25, page 34

Viva Havanas
Happy days are here again, according to cigar guru James Leavey

August 2002, Issue 25, page 38

Gone with the wind farms?
With two wind farms proposed for Speyside, Charles Maclean asks: how will they affect this unspoiled area?

August 2002, Issue 25, page 44

The St Andrews Crusade
John Lamond describes the miracles worked by Lennie Maguire proprietor of the St Andrew's Bar

August 2002, Issue 25, page 48

Cragganmore: the reclusive classic
Gavin Smith coaxes this hermit crab distillery out of its shell

August 2002, Issue 25, page 52

A case of Norwegian wood
Martin Moodle conducts his annual survey on what's hot - and good value - in the duty free shops of the world

August 2002, Issue 25, page 56


While oak ageing is an historic tradition, wood management is a far more recent discipline. The benefits of oak ageing have long been appreciated, rather than understood, but it's only since the 1970s...

August 2002, Issue 25, page 59

Journey into the subconscious
Jefferson Chase guides us down through the murky and mysterious world of Japanese author Haruki Murakami

August 2002, Issue 25, page 77

The real Islay spirit
Brian Palmer, whisky Magazine's first ever tee-total contributor, reveals the Ileach view of Islay's famed annual whisky celebration

August 2002, Issue 25, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Of the three expressions in this tasting, this is the most rounded and balanced. All the classic Caol Ila aromas and flavours are there, with no sharp edges. Vatted for drinkability?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Springbank 12 Years Old, Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 More rounded and elegant than the earlier, 10 Years Old rum cask. I enjoy the Springbank rum cask whiskies very much, though not at the expense of the more traditional expressions.

Adelphi Shannon Grain 1991, 9 Years Old, Cask 10839
Single Grain - Ireland - 67.30%
6 For a grain whiskey, it has plenty of flavours, but they do not hang together very well.

AnCnoc 13 Years Old, Limited Edition Highland Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A pale, shimmery gold dram with flavours one expects from a bigger, darker, whisky. Slightly odd, but enjoyable. Could be a flavoured spirit from a little-known, newly independent republic in Central ...

Black Barrel
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The name does not imply a dark whisky – the colour is a good full gold – but the barrel may have been well-charred. There is plenty of juicy wood-extract there.

Blackadder Arran 1996 Raw Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80%
7 Slightly gin-like. I have preferred bottlings that had more contribution from the wood. A touch of vanilla would round out the flavours.

Blackadder Ben Nevis 1984 Raw Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.20%
7 Extraordinarily red colour. The sweetness is almost overwhelming. The ultimate dessert whisky.

Bunnahabhain 1966
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.10%
7 The blood-orange hue suggests that this Bunnahabhain will in all senses be more colourful than the gentle 12 Years Old we normally encounter. Sun-dried whisky?

Cadenhead's Invergordon 13 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 67.80%
7 Paler than the Royal Mile version, and drier, too.

Cadenhead's North British 21 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.80%
7 Somewhat one-dimensional.

Cameron Brig
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 I have long enjoyed this whisky. It's own subtle character shines through, despite the influence of the wood being so obvious.

Campbeltown Loch 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Easily drinkable but with a distinct regional character and plenty of flavour. This could become one of my favourite blends.

Caol Ila 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 The most vegetal and assertive of the three expressions. Lots of contribution from the wood.

Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 The most fruity, fresh, peppery and lively of the three expressions. I loved all three. Scoring was a tough call.

Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Compass Box knows how to stay on course. Its whiskies are well-judged and consistent.

Cooper's Choice Glen Albyn 1974, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Fuller in flavours, and sweeter, than I remember Glen Albyn.

Craigellachie Hotel Glenfarclas 2001 Single Cask Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20%
8 In each corner, a fighter rather than a boxer. Not much refinement, but plenty of punch.

Girvan Single Grain 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Black Barrel with more age, more wood.

Glen Garioch 1985, 16 Years Old, Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90%
7 I have always had a quiet fancy for this malt. It has a lot character: demonstrated here in the way it stands up to such heavy sherry.

Glen Moray 1974, Distillery Manager's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.40%
8 The aromas remind me of a young woman I tried to bed in the early 1970s. She bit my tongue when I did something to offend her feminist ethic.

Glenfiddich Havana Reserve, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The less pronounced rum character of the two Caribbean accented whiskies in this tasting. When you cook, do you want the herbs and spices to announce themselves individually, or to be part of the blen...

Greenore 8 Years Old
Grain - Ireland - 40.00%
6 Bourbon Lite might taste like this.

Hart Brothers Ben Nevis 35 Years Old, Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10%
7 The best Ben Nevis I have tasted.

Lombard Bowmore 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
6 For a relatively young Bowmore, this seems somewhat tired.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 1985 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 This seems far less lively and rounded than the 1987 whisky bottled in 1992.

Royal Mile Whiskies Invergordon, 22 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 45.00%
6 Appetising. Some length and complexity.

Scott's Selection North British 1974
Single Grain - Scotland - 53.10%
7 A pleasant summer whisky.

Scott's Selection North of Scotland, 1963
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.80%
7 Very rich for a grain whisky. Not much dimension. No flavour peaks.

Signatory Caledonian 1976, 23 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.50%
7 Despite their lightness, some grains can stand up to long periods in wood.

Signatory Cambus 1964, 31 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 43.80%
7 A good example of a single grain as a pleasant dram, though that is true of several in this tasting. If someone gave me this whisky in a bar, I would enjoy it, but I have yet to find a single grain th...

Wilson & Morgan Macduff 1989 Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 My guess is that the whisky was initially less rich and malty than the "official" Glen Deveron bottlings. The port finish adds some roundness and interest.

Wilson & Morgan The Macallan 1990, Marsala Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The estery Macallan notes are as brassy as the Basie band on top form.

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