Four sweet seasons
Martine Nouet finds a whisky dessert for each of the seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring
September 2003, Issue 33, page
The Miller's Tale
The Islay-Jura ferry wasn't working.
September 2003, Issue 33, page 5
Desperately seeking Scotland
Wherever I go, I am reminded of the islands and the glens…but they exist only in my mind, confesses Michael Jackson
September 2003, Issue 33, page 11
Clear as mud?
When is a Cardhu not a Cardhu? Dave Broom investigates
September 2003, Issue 33, page 12
Whisky enthusiast and scientist Alex Kraaijeveld responds to The Macallan's defence of the authenticity of its antique whiskies in the last issue
September 2003, Issue 33, page 16
Germany hot over whisky
Thousands turned out for Germany's Limburg Whisky Fair. Brian Townsend was amongst them
September 2003, Issue 33, page 17
The wonderful world of whisky
Welcome to our new section, World of whisky. These pages aim to take a less reverent look at the world of malts and to highlight some of the strangeness that all plays a part in making the subject suc...
September 2003, Issue 33, page 20
A dram online
Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan is set to bring his whisky tasting sessions into your home. Mike Gerrard reports
September 2003, Issue 33, page 23
Bird Watching (Glenturret)
Ruffling a few feathers? The Whisky Magazine Mystery Visitor tries out the Famous Grouse Experience
September 2003, Issue 33, page 24
Well set in Soho
An extended tasting area and showroom at London's Vintage House reflect how malt whisky is evolving as customers demand more choice. Dominic Roskrow reports
September 2003, Issue 33, page 26
Gavin D. Smith looks at the event that inspired the world-famous whisky novel by Compton Mackenzie
September 2003, Issue 33, page 28
Le momentum du malt
France remains an exciting and intriguing territory for whisky. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
September 2003, Issue 33, page 32
Treading new ground
Whisky cocktails can work, and they could help bring younger drinkers in to the world of malts. A team of Whisky Magazine writers put a selection of them on public trial
September 2003, Issue 33, page 36
First of the royal malts (Royal Brackla)
Ian Buxton discovers the charms of Royal Brackla, also a RAF base at one time
September 2003, Issue 33, page 44
From Tobermory to Tobago
Burn Stewart has a global presence after its recent purchase by a Caribbean based company. Peter Mulryan finds out what its plans are.
September 2003, Issue 33, page 48
A rye look at suicide
Jefferson Chase looks at John Barth's The Floating Opera and a day in the life of a would-be suicide case
September 2003, Issue 33, page 51
What is it with whisky and clichéd images of Scotland? Richard Jones starts the fightback…
September 2003, Issue 33, page 52
The chill factor
Ironically few subjects are likely to make a whisky aficionado's blood boil quicker than that of chill filtering. Ian Wisniewski presents the arguments
September 2003, Issue 33, page 64
Generosity of spirit
Brian Palmer, editor of Islay's local paper and lead drummer in the pipe band, gives a unique, teetotaller's view of the island's whisky festival
September 2003, Issue 33, page 74
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1938, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A great age, but it has matured beautifully.
Murray McDavid Mission Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The most feminine Glenlivet I have encountered.
Craigellachie Hotel Glenlivet 2002 Single Cask Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 8 Very sherryish, but just enough of the Glenlivet's fruity-flowery character sings through. Beautifully judged.
Rare Old Highland Park 1970
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Disappointing. Where is the richness, and especially the island character?
Connoisseur's Choice Lochside 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Never a classic, but the closure of a distillery is a loss. Lochside was a pleasant whisky, and now it is a collector's item.
Famous Grouse Cask Strength
Blended - Scotland - 56.00% 8 Like the regular Grouse, it tastes maltier and bigger than it really is. An excellent justification of cask strength.
Gordon & MacPhail 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The best Benromach I have tasted. I wonder what she should expect in a few years from the new stillhouse.
Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A luxurious afterdinner malt.
Gordon & MacPhail Longmorn-Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The most honeyed Longmorn I have tasted. A breakfast malt.
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.80% 7 A lovely digestif whisky.
Gordon & MacPhail Port Ellen 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A restrained example of this fine malt, but the silent still is almost out of stock. There will be few further opportunities to buy.
Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1960
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Strathisla has its own distinct, rather dry style-and this is a good example.
Gordon & MacPhail Teaninich 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Well worth sampling, but don't expect anything fancy. This is a workaday malt.
James MacArthur Strathmill 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 7 This bottling strongly manifests the woody dryness that seems to characterise the whiskies from the Islay valley. Water brings out Strathmill's muscat note.
Murray McDavid Lagavulin 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An opportunity to taste another version of Lagavulin. Subtle and complex, but I missed the instant punch of peat.
Murray McDavid Mission Clynelish 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Spectacular aperitif. I wanted to eat a whole salmon.
Murray McDavid Mission Royal Brackla 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 An especially rich sherryish bottling. Voluptuous. With the afterdinner chocs.
Royal Brackla 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 More typical of the unusual hot, dry, cleansing character of this distinctive whisky.
The Arran Malt Single Malt Non Chill Filtered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A curious inversion. As though the whisky (rich and sweet, but without penetrating flavours) provides the background, while the sherry and wood are the highlights.
The Whisky Exchange Dunglas 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The fresh, charming bouquet was a revelation, but the palate was a little careworn.
The Whisky Exchange Old Midleton 1967, 35 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 41.10% 8 Post prandial. After the aloo.
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