The Miller's Tale
Listening to another overlong speech at The International Wine & Spirits Competition Dinner, a desperately unoriginal thought struck me. How about organising a classification of Scotch single malt whi...
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The man they couldn't invent
Michael Jackson is under the gun with Booker Noe
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A universal language
Dave Broom considers some unprecedented parallels between Scotland and Jamaica, and how drink is the key to exploring new cultures
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An old con
Dave Broom exposes the shady side of the antique, collectable whisky market
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William Delmé-Evans designed no less than three distilleries. Gavin D. Smith talked to him
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Top of the class
Tom Bruce-Gardyne examines the life and times of the determined, self-made whisky pioneer William Teacher
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Keeping it Live!
What will make Whisky Live 2003 the event of the year
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Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports on a firm which has flourished bottling fine single malts
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Germany's capital city holds much to tempt the whisky-lover, as the Berlin-based Jefferson Chase explains
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Sights set high in the Lowlands (Auchentoshan)
Ian Buxton provides a rare insight into a Lowland distillery not currently open to the public – Auchentoshan
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Ian Wisniewski reveals the secrets behind this rather complex stage of whisky-making: malting
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Southern inspirations: cooking with bourbon
Martine Nouet crosses the Atlantic to bring you some fine recipes using quality bourbons
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All in the game
Jefferson Chase on William Kennedy's early novel about the struggle for survival in Depression-era New York
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The Eighth Wonder
John Haydock reflects on his many past and present glories
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Bunnahabhain 1968 Auld Aquaintance, Hogmanay Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.80% 8 A brilliantly sunny winter's day; a walk by the sea in late afternoon; a dram at dusk. Still Bunnahabhain, but so different.
Cragganmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very accessible, and not given to grandiosity, but it's one of the Speyside greats. Good with some desserts. Try it with cassata.
The Macallan 1937, 37 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 With a colour close to that of today's product and a bright clarity, this visually recalled some of the yet-older Macallans that have inspired replica editions.
The Macallan 1970, 32 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 8 Still recognisably Macallan, but the dark claret colour sounded a wood warning. I am forgiving of woodiness, but this approached my limits. Other malt-lovers may be more tolerant.
Longmorn 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 I had never noticed the rose water note before, I also find it in Linkwood – from the same valley.
Aberlour 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Sophisticated but very approachable.
Adelphi Clynelish 1989, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Not the most peaty Clynelish I have tasted, but a lovely, distinctive whisky.
Blackadder Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 8 Light in the middle, and delicate throughout, but lovely Islay flavours.
Cadenhead's Convalmore 1977, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.40% 7 The best Convalmore I have tasted, with the typically big, fruity syrupiness. After dinner.
Cadenhead's Glenturret 1986, 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 A charming whisky, and a reminder that Glenturret is a place, not an experience.
Cadenhead's Heaven Hill 15 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.40% 7 Fifteen years is quite old for a bourbon, but this is complex, rounded and a good example of Heaven Hill's style. Keeps the sweet notes dominant.
Celtique Connexion Braes of Glenlivet 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 The cask character somewhat dominates this zesty but delicate whisky.
Celtique Connexion Caol Ila 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A confusion of flavours that don't seem to have rounded in the cask
Dailuaine 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Almost too perfect. Beautifully put together, but not quite memorable.
Finlaggan 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Sweeter than some Finlaggans I have tasted, but quite delicious.
Finlaggan 21 Years Old Islay Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Has mellowed with the extra years, but, as is sometimes the case with island malts, it seemed happier with the vigour of youth.
Glendullan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A son of the soil. I would like to pit its spicy flavours against a good haggis.
Glenfarclas 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Judging from the colour, as well as aroma and flavour, this is Glenfarclas without its dressing of sherry. Having removed its jacket and necktie, it appears more muscular and aggressive.
Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1973 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90% 8 Some of the older Smith's Glenlivets are too woody for me, but this one is a delight.
Mortlach 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A great malt that is enigmatic and sometimes seems reclusive.
Old Malt Cask North Port 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30% 7 Of interest to collectors, historians and the likes of me, but this Brechin brew, staunched in 1983, never made a great whisky.
Rare Old Glenlochy 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A breakfast whisky?
Rare Old Inchmurrin 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Maturity improves it. Still needs rounding out, but less gauche than the distillery bottling.
The Balvenie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% 8 A very interesting whisky, but the distillery character is better served with a dash of sherry.
The Glenrothes 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A whisky for a reverie. Daydream of childhood and the local sweet-shop.
The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Modern-day Macallan. Full of flavour but neither cloying nor overwhelming.
The Macallan 1945, 56 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 8 Very lively, but ill-tempered. I kept expecting it to propose the return of military service, or demand that I had my hair cut.
The Macallan 1949, 52 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10% 8 Not much evidence of alcohol. Elegant but frail. Doesn't approach the 1948 I tasted a few years ago.
The Macallan 1964, 37 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60% 7 Interesting in its own right. Hard to envisage as a Macallan, especially with its pale, greeny-gold colour.
The Macallan 1967, 35 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 The dark mahogany colour speaks of wood. The cask itself had more to give than the 1970.
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