The Miller's Tale
Another fascinating 12 months in the world of whisky, then. The trend for small independents buying distilleries from large multinationals goes on. Announcements of new smaller-scale distilling projec...
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Michael Jackson fulfils a fantasy
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A real Japa-knees up
Tequila, Italian death drinks, replica pubs and bad country and western …Dave Broom discovers the surreal side of Japan
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From monsters to minnows
Pip Hills looks at who owns what in the world of whisky
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Big in Japan
Whisky Live Japan goes from strength to strength and is getting weirder as it does so. Marcin Miller mixes it with Tokyo's finest
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A true boon in Kentucky
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is one of the year's whiskey highlights. Damian Riley-Smith brought back a suitcase full of fond memories
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A taste of India
The market for whisky in India is huge. Tom Bruce-Gardyne examines its colourful, unconventional nature
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The King of Cooley
Dr John Teeling is teetotal, he runs on caffeine, and he's making waves in the world of Irish whiskey. Peter Mulryan talks to the man behind the company
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The name's malt... Single Malt...
James Bond is drinking whisky again. More specifically, he's drinking Talisker – and the relationship is benefiting both of them. Dominic Roskrow reports
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Waste not, want not
Gavin D. Smith takes a look at the by-products of whisky-making, and where they end up
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Whisky Live 2003!
Rare and delicious whiskies are just waiting to be discovered
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Bile with Style
Jefferson Chase on a sharp-penned Canadian who both writes and drinks whisky – Mordecai Richler
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Lift the winter spirits
Martine Nouet argues that one of the advantages of bad weather is that you can drink strong spirits to keep out the cold
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As esay as one, two, three?
Peter Mulryan looks at the increasingly rare art of triple distillation
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Bottle ageing...so where's the science?
In Issue 27, Martin Isark argued that whisky aged in the bottle. His views have provoked a storm of opposition. Here Peter Wood makes the case against Isark's theory
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Jameson 18 Years Old Master Selection
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 9 Robustly sexy. I always enjoy Jameson, but I really relished coming to grips with this one.
Rare Malts Rosebank 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.30% 8 This is how Lowlanders used to be: drier, more herbal, more complex. Buy now, while stocks last.
Midleton Very Rare
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 In general, Midleton is a bit too elegant for me, but this is a lovely vintage. The Yquem of whiskies?
Yamazaki 1980 Japanese White Oak Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00% 7 The most herbal and spicy of these three bottlings, and the most distinctive.
Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 At 10 years, Auchentoshan makes an expressive, eloquent claim to being the classic Lowlander.
Auchentoshan Three Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Matching Auchentoshan with Pedro Ximinez is like putting Benny Lynch in the ring with Marciano. What do you get? It's unimaginable, but in whisky it works.
Bladnoch 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Lots of aromas and flavours, but lacks structure. Curiously flat.
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.20% 8 Lively, expressive, enjoyable.
Bruichladdich 1984 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A more familiar Islay style, with plenty of pep.
Bruichladdich Legacy 1966 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60% 8 An especially characterful 'laddie from its sunny hue and lean, firm body to its touch of tartness.
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1989, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 7 Tired and irritable when first poured, but gradually opens up, more so when water was added.
Cadenhead's Imperial Glenlivet 1977, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 A robust whisky that deserves more exposure.
Cadenhead's Littlemill 1990, 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.60% 7 Littlemill has never been a favourite with critics – or blenders – but I have always thought it a good example of a Lowland malt.
Chieftain's Choice Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The more Caol Ila makes itself available the more I seem to enjoy it.
Douglas Laing Bladnoch 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Good balance of the fruity acidity and sweeter juicy notes.
Glenkinchie 1988 Distiller's Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Glenkinchie was always robust for a lowlander, and this expression is more so. Again, it works: the typical grassy sweetness brought out by a touch of sherry.
James MacArthur Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 7 I have not previously encountered such a full expression of Auchentoshan, but the style suits the whisky.
Littlemill 1984, 18 Years Old, Chieftain's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The rum finish is very sympathetic towards the natural flavours of Littlemill, but the combination never quite delivers what it promises.
Old Masters Clynelish 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 7 Very much in line with recent bottlings. Not especially peaty, but crisp, clean and decisive in it's flavours.
Rare Malts St Magdalene 1998 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.80% 7 For a ghost, quite aggressive.
Rosebank 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Relatively young, but beginning to weary nonetheless. Perhaps this tiredness is caused by worry about the future. A feminine whisky that has lost the first bloom of youth. Snatch a kiss while you can.
Signatory Bladnoch 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60% 7 A whole range of aromas and flavours that are hard to pin down. Sent me into a reverie: a long weekend in a big house, with kippers for breakfast, toasted brown bread and good marmalade. The house als...
Signatory Linlithgow 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 7 Good for its age, but I preferred it two or three years ago.
Signatory Rosebank 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 With its curiously greeny-white colour, this one actually looks like a ghost. A shadow of a great malt.
Strathisla 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A malt that dares to be truly oaky. Thank heavens for boldness and individuality in a world where blandness is always an easier option. This beautiful old distillery is Chivas' showpiece, but it is mo...
Yamazaki 1991 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00% 7 Can the elegant Yamazaki whisky stand up to heavy sherry? In this case, yes. A dexterously balanced malt.
Yamazaki 1993 Bourbon Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00% 7 The Yamazaki I know well; but with a more obvious and robust hint of bourbon character.
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