The Miller's Tale
This will be the last time I refer to the Ardbeg-sponsored Islay half marathon. Until next year's race, that is. Although it would not be unfair to suggest that the word 'race' is too strong a term fo...
November 2003, Issue 35, page 5
Michael Jackson's summer season, boosted by Bell's
November 2003, Issue 35, page 11
Searching for sea legs
Dave Broomdiscovers life on the ocean waves.
November 2003, Issue 35, page 12
The wonderful world of whisky
Dominic Roskrow reports back from Kentucky and Spain.
November 2003, Issue 35, page 18
Kentucky on our minds
If you'll excuse the pun, Kentucky whiskey is on a roll at the moment. Dominic Roskrow went on a voyage of discovery that started with selecting his own whiskey and ended at the party to end all parti...
November 2003, Issue 35, page 22
Mixing it up with George Washington
The distillery at Woodford Reserve is like nowhere else on earth
November 2003, Issue 35, page 23
The feast of Bourbon
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is starting to attract people from across the world. Dominic Roskrow went to find out why
November 2003, Issue 35, page 27
Literary Spirit (Iain Banks)
Top author Iain Banks couldn't believe his luck when he was asked to write a book on Scotland's distilleries. He tells Dominic Roskrow about his year drinking whisky.
November 2003, Issue 35, page 32
Nothing like a spot of pillaging
As crazy ideas go, pillaging malts on Islay for charity is pretty crazy. Dave Broom tracked down some of the guilty parties and asked them exactly what they thought they were doing
November 2003, Issue 35, page 36
Easy does it
The Easy Drinking Whisky Company is taking the selling of whisky to a new level – by selling directly on taste. Dominic Roskrow reports
November 2003, Issue 35, page 40
A dream of a distillery (Arran)
Our Mystery Visitor travels to Arran
November 2003, Issue 35, page 42
Some like it hot. Some not
Martine Nouet gathers her thoughts and gives a back-to-basics guide to the cooking methods she uses
November 2003, Issue 35, page 44
It's all Go-more (Bowmore)
Islay's meant to be all about tranquillity. But when Ian Buxton visited Bowmore it was anything but
November 2003, Issue 35, page 48
Not so lucky Jim
Jim Thompson died unknown and poor. But his 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me is now regarded as a masterpiece. Jefferson Chase turns its whisky-drenched pages
November 2003, Issue 35, page 53
Frank's wild years (Frank McHardy)
Frank McHardy has given his life to whisky. He's now installed in the newest distillery in Scotland and he's a proud man. Dave Broom spoke to him about his exceptional career
November 2003, Issue 35, page 54
Simply a matter of shelf belief
'Own label' whisky brands are thriving across the world. But how does the market work and how has it developed the way it has? Peter Mulryan reports
November 2003, Issue 35, page 58
Ian Wisniewski takes us step by step through the mashing process
November 2003, Issue 35, page 72
At home with the haydocks
It's not often you get to see inside the secret life of John Haydock. Whisky Magazine's Jocasta Eatwell writes.
November 2003, Issue 35, page 82
Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 No contest, the Inner Hebrides quickly overwhelms the Duoro.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1979, Japanese Oak Cask, 119.2
Single Malt - Japan - 57.40% 8 A breakfast malt? Splendidly complex, with Japanese oak adding that extra touch of distinctiveness.
Glenmorangie Madeira Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60% 8 One of the most expressive 'Morangies.
Glenturret 1980 Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20% 8 More rounded, and longer, than the 1972.
MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 More robust and less sophisticated than the distillery bottlings.
Cadenhead's Clynelish 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 Firm, dry, confident. Not quite as expressive as the best bottlings.
Cadenhead's Convalmore-Glenlivet 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.40% 7 A welcome opportunity to taste a rare whisky, though it was never a classic, and in this instance is over the hill (or the Conval Hills?).
Cadenhead's Glendronach 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.40% 7 Drier and less rich than the distillery bottlings.
Chieftain's Choice Glenturret 1990, 12 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Refreshing, appetising.
Chieftain's Choice The Glenrothes 1992, 10 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 More mature than its 10 years would suggest. Fruitier than the conventional distillery bottlings. Refreshing. Like sorbet between courses.
Cooper's Choice Black Cuillin 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A substitute for the much-missed Talisker eight year-old? Perhaps, but neither as complex nor as robust.
Cooper's Choice Bruichladdich 1991, 12 Years Old, Portwood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Very appetising. Long, lingering.
Cooper's Choice Glen Grant 1988, 15 Years Old, Portwood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The delicacy of the Glen Grant survives here.
Dun Bheagan Mortlach 10 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 7 Mortlach is usually a supple, muscular malt. At ten years, this already seems a trifle tired.
Glenmorangie Burgundy Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Seems simple at first, but then develops stylishly.
Glenturret 1972 Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00% 7 More robust and less finessed than I remember.
MacPhail's Collection Tamdhu 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Tamdhu is a pleasant, polite, whisky. Does it really have the stamina for such a marathon maturation?
Private Collection Imperial 1991 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 More Imperial than Port. With or without Port, I would like to see more Imperial.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1980, White Oak Cask, 119.1
Single Malt - Japan - 50.90% 8 Elegant, and more flavoursome than Suntory bottlings I think.
The Glenlivet 1983 Cellar Collection French Oak Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The oak does not totally dominate, but is powerful for such an elegant malt.
The Macallan Replica 1876
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60% 8 Similar to the 1841, but not quite as sophisticated.
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