The Miller's Tale
As I write, the football season in the UK has just come to a close. Which prompts me to ask a question. Is Highland Distillers to whisky what Manchester United are to European football's Champions Lea...
July 2003, Issue 32, page 5
Everyone's a critic
Now expose your palms and check for salt, romance or poetry, says Michael Jackson
July 2003, Issue 32, page 11
Rockin' in Fochabers
Dave Broomembraces a rock 'n' roll lifestyle in Speyside's hippest town
July 2003, Issue 32, page 12
What does whisky mean to you?
Whisky Magazine is to launch a new feature next issue – but we need your help. Dominic Roskrow explains
July 2003, Issue 32, page 21
Where there's a still there's a Spey
The Speyside Festival was both a blur of activity and a civilised and leisurely jaunt through the heart of the whisky world. Dominic Roskrow reports
July 2003, Issue 32, page 22
Going VIP at Macallan
Did Whisky Magazine's secret agent really feel like a VIP on The Macallan's special tour?
July 2003, Issue 32, page 24
Hole in one
The Road Hole Bar in the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, carries a bottle of single malt from every Scottish distillery, as Brigid James discovered
July 2003, Issue 32, page 26
Lure of the amber nectar (Brian Cox)
Brian Cox appears in two of the summer's biggest blockbuster films. He spoke to Vivien Devlin about his love of Scotland and Scotch
July 2003, Issue 32, page 28
Lynn Seldon charts the history and success of a bourbon made beyond Kentucky: Virginia Gentleman
July 2003, Issue 32, page 32
When two worlds collide
Whisky with food is becoming increasingly popular. Dominic Roskrowgets a taste for it
July 2003, Issue 32, page 36
Sweet fruits of labour
Martine Nouet finds good use for the harvests of summer, combined with whisky
July 2003, Issue 32, page 40
Spirit from the South Seas
M. F. Jameson looks into the past, present and future of Tasmanian whisky production
July 2003, Issue 32, page 44
Singer and whisky lover Robin Laing was fascinated to discover that New Zealand has a long whisky-making tradition when he toured there recently. Here he tells its story
July 2003, Issue 32, page 48
Peter Mulryan talks to Dave Phelan and Pat Rigney, the men who broke the mould producing a charcoal-mellowed Irish whiskey, Clontarf
July 2003, Issue 32, page 51
Jefferson Chase examines Ian McEwan's use of whisky as emotional crutch in his novel The Child in Time
July 2003, Issue 32, page 54
The burning issue
Ian Wisniewski asks that all-important question: does the way a still is heated affect the final product?
July 2003, Issue 32, page 65
Always on call
Ever wondered about the demands of being a whisky superstar? John Haydock offers his answerphone contents up for scrutiny
July 2003, Issue 32, page 74
Cadenhead's Dallas Dhu 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80% 8 I think I have discovered a breakfast whisky. They can call it Dallas Dhu. I'll dub it "Death in the Morning. "
Signatory Laphroaig 1988 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I enjoyed this very much, but it does not add a great deal to the canon.
Signatory Mortlach 1989 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The most complex and structured of the Mortlachs in this tasting.
Celtique Connexion Speyside 1989, Armagnac Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Still sweet, but much more rounded. Real depth of flavour, tastes more like Armagnac than whisky. I would like to try it with pecan pie.
Celtique Connexion Speyside 1989, Sauternes Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Which Sauternes? The flavours of childhood, rather than sophistication.
Celtique Connexion Speyside 1990, Vin de Paille du Jura Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I am totally seduced by its eccentricity and intensity. Where's the whisky? who cares? Pour me another. Bring on the chicken mole.....
Chieftain's Choice Banff 1979, Aged 23 Years
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 I thought this whisky had died in the bottle, but water brought it back to life.
Chieftain's Choice Littlemill 1984, 18 Years Old Rum finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 I have always rated Littlemill more highly than most tasters do, but stocks are getting past their best.
Connoisseur's Choice Mosstowie 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A nostalgic reminder of the Lomond still, though I had forgotten it could produce such sweet whisky.
Douglas Laing Dallas Dhu 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Much more herbal than other bottlings of Dallas Dhu.
Dun Bheagan Scapa 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 A very light, clean expression. Scapa deserves to be in regular production.
Lombard Mortlach 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 6 Extraordinarily pale colour. The floweriness was perhaps a hint at Mortlach but, if I were served this out of context, would I recognise it as whisky? I might guess at aquavit rather than usquebaugh.
Murray McDavid Mission Dallas Dhu 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The most elegant bottlng of the three from Dallas Dhu in this tasting. Soft, soothing.
Rare Old St Magdalene 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Livelier, fresher, less "difficult" flavours than in most bottlings.
Signatory Brora 1981 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 What a distinctive malt Brora was, and there are some excellent bottlings available.
Signatory Cragganmore 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 7 Not very old, but was the cask a little tired?
Signatory Silent Stills Banff 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10% 7 Just too woody for me.
Signatory Silent Stills Glencadam 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 7 This whisky used to remind me of strawberry shortcake. This bottling turns me toward tiramisu.
Signatory Silent Stills Imperial 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 7 A little less eccentric, and more rounded than other bottlings I have tried recently.
Stronachie 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 On principle, I have misgivings about private bottlings of unidentified malts, but this is an excellent dram.
The Wee Dram Mortlach 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The first bottling from The Wee Dram. A promising debut.
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