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Whisky Magazine Issue 27

Whisky Magazine Issue 27

Whisky Magazine Issue 27

In this issue - Andrew Usher - Amateur Blender - Bunnahabhain - Speyside Tasting

Published November 2002

From the Editor
The best way to sell booze is, in my opinion, to let people try it. However, because of the potency of our chosen spirit, sampling needs to take place under controlled circumstances. And let's not for...

November 2002, Issue 27, page 5

Joe and the dragon
Michael Jackson reports from the centre of the universe

November 2002, Issue 27, page 7

The pleasure principle
Dave Broom considers the reasons for whisky's lack of popularity among young people in norhern Europe, and what should be done about it

November 2002, Issue 27, page 8

Edinburgh's Whisky Fringe
John Morton recounts his experience on the Royal Mile.

November 2002, Issue 27, page 14

The Bowmore 1964 Fino cask: a happy twist of fate
Martine Nouet shares her impressions of three rare 1964 Bowmore releases

November 2002, Issue 27, page 18

The spirit of country-and-western
Jefferson Chase explains how you can't take the whisley out of country-and-western

November 2002, Issue 27, page 18

Hey, big blender
Marcin Miller visits Colin Scott, Master Blender at Chiva Brothers to learn about the subtle art of alchemy

November 2002, Issue 27, page 22

The godfather of blending
Gavin. D. Smith examines the legacy of the philanthropic Andrew Usher and sons, blending pineers

November 2002, Issue 27, page 28

Walk on the wild side
Dave Broom and company survived a hike up the Paps of Jra to tell the tale. Just...

November 2002, Issue 27, page 34

Bottling it up
Martin Isark uncovers the conspiract: whisky does in fact evolve in the bottle, not just the barrel

November 2002, Issue 27, page 38

The softer side of Islay (Bunnahabhain)
Bunnahabhain is the foil to Islay's claymore, finds Ian Buxton

November 2002, Issue 27, page 44

Golden promise
Ian Wisniewski looks into that vital ingredient in whisky production so often overlooked-barley

November 2002, Issue 27, page 48

Spirit of inspiration
Martine Nouet introduces two superb whisky recipes courtesy of innovators from the famous grouse experience and trhe Macallan

November 2002, Issue 27, page 52

Mistress of satire
Jefferson Chase looks at a female writer and renowned wit not scared of a drop of more of the hard stuff: Dorothy Parker

November 2002, Issue 27, page 61

To the letter
John Haydock is rather sharply reminded of his 'contractual obligations' to whisky Magazine

November 2002, Issue 27, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Adelphi Teaninich 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 Well-matured, amazing for its age.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Linkwood 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Satisfies nose and palate equally. To be opened and enjoyed at Christmas.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Signatory Port Ellen 1978 Port Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00%
8 Typical fragrant, alert Port Ellen, but the port finish lends more fruit and an amazing orangey-pinkish colour.

Adelphi Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90%
8 This bottling does not have the heathery profile of the official bottlings. Drink with water.

Blackadder Isle of Jura 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
6 Nose better than palate. A tired cask?

Blackadder Rosebank 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00%
7 Far from Rosebank at its best. Fiery.

Cadenhead's Ben Nevis 1986, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.90%
7 Hard to guess at the high alcohol strength from the nose. Not the usual big, oily Ben Nevis character. A pleasant fruitiness keeps the sweet notes dominant.

Cadenhead's Caperdonich 1977, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Heavily sherried. Rich and full-bodied but the distillery character is hidden by the wood. For the sherry fanatic.

Chieftain's Choice Bladnoch 18 Years Old Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A distinguished expression of sweet Oloroso, even if it seems a bit ostentatious on the palate. For afterdinner enjoyment.

Chieftain's Choice Clynelish 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 So different to the Douglas Laing Clynelish. The perfect whisky with farm cheeses.

Chieftain's Choice Rosebank 1991 Sherry Finish, 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 An attractive medium-bodied Rosebank. The sherry finish has added complexity to delicacy. Some exotic notes which makes it really appetising.

Dufftown 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 To be served with an apple and hazelnut crumble. Classic, nothing really exciting, but a good Speyside character.

Glen Deveron 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Too monolithic. No variety. The nose opens up after a while though.

Glen Moray 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A sweet, soft and mellow fruitiness. Too much is too much sometimes.

Glen Spey 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Definitely Speyside. Elegant interplay between fruit and malt.

Glenfiddich 12 Years Old, Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Easy-going, fresh and fruity, but the palate does not reflect the liveliness of the nose.

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A more sprightly Glenfiddich than the standard 12. Thirst-quenching. Peatiness and the smoked finish aren't as 'distinct' as the label suggests.

Glenlossie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 Doesn't deliver the promise of the nose. Surprisingly smooth for a fairly high alcohol strength.

Gordon & MacPhail The Macallan 1993 Speymalt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Another unusual Macallan. Well-balanced. No sherry overload. Second-or third-fill maybe. Or a Fino cask?

Inchgower 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A bit restrained initially, then unveils a charming vibrant sweetness. Well-balanced.

Knockando 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Too mild to hold its own against the wood.

Mannochmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Rich, bonnie and complex. Not showing off, just beaming.

Montgomerie's The Macallan 1989 Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Macallan in disguise. Impossible to recognise blind. So unusual but really attractive.

Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Promising nose. Palate hard to tame, disappointing.

Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1971, 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 There's more in the nose than in the finish. A really characterful malt. Interesting. This is one of the more medicinal expressions of Clynelish I have come across.

Old Malt Cask Talisker 20 Years Old, Director's Tactical
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
5 The distillery character is buried far below the wood. One can hardly detect even a light puff of smoke. Water does not help.

Old Masters Bladnoch 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
7 A two-sided malt, with two different expressions on the nose and on the palate. The alcohol needs to be tamed with water.

Old Masters Glenturret 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30%
7 As refreshing as a herbal tea but much more rewarding and fulfilling. Would suit a leg of lamb with mint sauce.

Pittyvaich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 You need to be sherry-mad to love this. Water releases more pleasant fruitcake notes on the nose but more harshness on the palate.

Speyburn 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Quite a pleasant pre-dinner dram, with light nibbles perhaps. A little shy though. Would yield more at a higher alcoholic strength or in a few years.

The Balvenie PortWood 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Not the depth of the PortWood 21 Years Old, but thoroughly enjoyable.

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A pleasant anytime dram. Very refreshing.

Tomintoul 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Quite a muscular Speysider. The perfect dram to buck you up after a woodland walk mushroom-picking on a cold November day.

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