The Miller's Tale
Thank you to everyone who exhibited and attended Whisky Live. And to the Whisky Magazine team who contributed to making it such a fantastic event. It was the biggest ever and a sell out. There were, ...
June 2003, Issue 31, page 5
Our Good Friend to the North
Michael Jackson tangles with the border guards at the lands of the lost
June 2003, Issue 31, page 11
The long and the short of it
Dave Broomconsiders a request to define how long a ‘long' finish is
June 2003, Issue 31, page 12
Whiskies of mass deception
Every day, a game of cat-and-mouse goes on between licensed venues and those protecting the spirits trade. In the middle is the drinker, who is being conned to the tune of millions. Dominic Roskrow re...
June 2003, Issue 31, page 16
Alive and kicking
Whisky enthusiasts came from far and wide to this year's sell-out Whisky Live, helping to make it the biggest and best yet. Dominic Roskrow looks back at the event, and over the page, Brigid James rev...
June 2003, Issue 31, page 20
The Masterclasses gave visitors the chance to explore the world of whisky more fully. Brigid James picks some highlights
June 2003, Issue 31, page 22
In search of the perfect combination
It's a marriage made in heaven – whisky and cigars. But what are the best combinations? We brought a group of experts together in Cuba to find out. Damian Riley-Smith reports
June 2003, Issue 31, page 24
Islay Whisky Festival, the must for May
Martine Nouet describes the highlights visitors can anticipate at this May's Islay Whisky Festival
June 2003, Issue 31, page 28
Desert Island drams
What do professional tasters drink for pleasure? Richard Jones finds out what the whisky makers' whiskies are
June 2003, Issue 31, page 30
It's all in the mix
Ian Wisniewski argues that whisky liqueurs have every right to be taken seriously as a drinks category
June 2003, Issue 31, page 34
Keepers of the Faith (Scotch Whisky Association)
Gavin D. Smith looks at the work of the Scotch Whisky Association, fighting the corner for the water of life
June 2003, Issue 31, page 38
Single malts and black ties at The Savoy
Martine Nouet teamed up with renowned Savoy chef Anton Edelmann to create a stunning Aberlour whisky dinner to kick-start Whisky Live
June 2003, Issue 31, page 44
Natural born swiller
Hunter S. Thompson's Wild Turkey intake is legendary: and ‘wild' is definitely the word
June 2003, Issue 31, page 47
Rise & Shine (Glendronach)
Gavin D. Smith tells the story of Highland distillery Glendronach, which has a happy ending after all
June 2003, Issue 31, page 49
Amanti del whisky di qualita
Tom Bruce-Gardyne investigates the success of an Italian club for whisky-lovers: the Single Malt Club of Scotland
June 2003, Issue 31, page 54
The enemy within
Richard Jones reveals the terrible truth: the ‘auld enemy' may have been involved in the production of your treasured dram
June 2003, Issue 31, page 56
So how do whiskies cope once they have come of age and are ready for single-malt marriage? Ian Wisniewski investigates
June 2003, Issue 31, page 72
A salt on the senses
Can you taste salt in whisky? Many say of course you can, but the suggestion incenses others. Peter Woodsputs the case against
June 2003, Issue 31, page 82
Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.40% 8 Those startling, appetising aromas and flavours had me cooking in a new kitchen. I must have let the Sabatier slip. Why else the TCP?
Springbank 1989, Limited Edition Limburg Festival Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 9 Springbank in pyrotechnic form. The sherry doubles the flavours, but arguably also softens the Campbeltown character.
Bruichladdich XVII, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I shall try this in a Caipirinha, with a CD of Annie Ross at her peak.
Evan Williams 1993, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 The big, malty, chocolately style that I associate with Evan Williams. A lovely, voluptuous, afterdinner bourbon. Gains from a splash of water.
The Macallan Exceptional Cask IV
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Not so much a winter whisky as a bear-hug. Or do the Grampians have a Mac Yeti?
The Macallan Replica, 1841
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.70% 8 Delicious whisky, of true sophistication and style. Tasted blindfold, it seems a perfect whisky for today, not an evocation of the past. I would re-package it as 2041.
Auchentoshan 1973, 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 8 The chestnut colour betrays the time this whisky has spent in oak. I have tasted much woodier whiskies - but not oakier Auchentoshans.
Balblair 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Approachable and well structured, with delicious flavours.
Bushmills 1982 Bourbon Cask
Single Malt - Ireland - 57.80% 8 An unusually dry expression of Bushmills. Complex. Austere. Bushmills needs a touch of sherry sweetness.
Cadenhead's Glen Ord 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 7 ‘Born on' dates are not a big issue when John Barleycorn must die, yet this whisky seems to have an especially fresh maltiness. A refreshing dram for the sultry suns of summer.
Cadenhead's Glenglassaugh 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.20% 7 Glenglassaugh can be malty, and this one is. It stands up very well for it's age. In this bottling, with an apricot colour that suggests sherry, very much a dessert whisky.
Cadenhead's Loch Lomond 1974, 29 Years Old, Chairmans Stock
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40% 7 The brilliant greeny-gold colour sets a summery mood. Remarkably fresh. Drier than other Inchmurrins I have tasted. Green salad rather than the more usual tropical fruit salad.
Clynelish 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Full of flavour. Full of interest. A good, complex bottling.
Dun Bheagan Bladnoch 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Drier and thinner than Bladnoch at it's best.
Dun Bheagan Clynelish 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 8 A surprisingly sweet expression of Clynelish. Lots of flavour and plenty of charm.
Glen Garioch 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40% 7 A big, robust whisky from the days when Glen Garioch made its own peated malt. I love the idea of a smoky whisky from the edge of Speyside, but I find this slightly astringent.
Glen Ord 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 I have long had a sneaking feeling that this malt was underrated. It is: based on my first tasting of the day, in April, 2003.
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 8 A surprisingly robust expression of Glenmorangie.
Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 7 The hug of sherry is soporific; the saltiness a stinging reviver. A morning run in Wick; a gale in John O'Groats.
Ian Macleod Pure Island Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Light but enjoyable flavours. A lively, attractive, feminine whisky, but the island character is scarcely evident: an omission for which a half point is deducted.
Isle of Jura Superstition
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 It is good to have a more muscular Jura, but I find this a bit too smooth. I would prefer something less sophisticated and more sexy. Must be the size of those paps.
Lammerlaw 12 Years Old, Peated Malt Finishing
Single Malt - New Zealand - 40.00% 7 The peat is so light that it is barely perceptible in the nose and palate, but it's dryness creates a contrast that lifts the sweeter notes.
Lammerlaw 12 Years Old, Special Finishing
Single Malt - New Zealand - 40.00% 6 I thought the earlier, younger bottling had more vigour.
Lombard Brora 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Every time I pick up the glass, I find new flavours. A Scottish aquavit to send the Danes packing.
Lombard Caperdonich 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 6 Less fruity than I remember. An unusual afterdinner malt.
Magilligan 1991 Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Ireland - 46.00% 7 I liked the lively 8 Years Old version. Would I be tempted away by something smoother, more mature? I would think about it...maybe.
Teaninich 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Teaninich seems to have become more fruity and herbal over the years. And thinner. Or is it me who has become fatter?
The Dalmore Cigar Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Beautifully constructed, very distinctive.
The Macallan Elegancia
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Macallan Lite? Because I dislike the idea, I don't want to like the whisky, but it is a pleasant, easily drinkable dram.
The Whisky Shop Port Ellen 1978 24 Years Old, Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Bring on the pizza Napoletana (or if you are in Naples, the Romana).
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