The Miller's Tale
Welcome to a landmark issue. A milestone. When Whisky Magazine was launched there were many blinkered sceptics – you know who you are – who asked “what on earth will you find to write about? Is ...
December 2003, Issue 36, page 5
Battle at Wounded Knee
Michael Jackson survives ot wonder about Jonnie Walker
December 2003, Issue 36, page 11
Time to sort this out
Dave Broom launches a campaign for clear labelling
December 2003, Issue 36, page 12
Acting the part
It was only amatter of time before Monarch of the Glen discovered whisky. Gavin Smith reports.
December 2003, Issue 36, page 16
We're celebrating five glorious years
Five years, my brain hurts alot; five years, that's all we've got..."
December 2003, Issue 36, page 24
Mix it up and start again
Why don't whiskies from different nations ever get belnded togeterh? Or do they? Gavin Smith found out
December 2003, Issue 36, page 32
Soup up your starter
Martine Nouet provides us with some warnimg soup recipes and shows us how to liven them up with a drop of whisky to make an ideal starter to any meal
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London mixes a recipe for success
Whisky cocktails present mixologists with a unique set of problems. But some of London's finest were up for the challenge. Dominic Roskrow reports.
December 2003, Issue 36, page 40
A lord among malts (Glenrothes)
Glenrothes has a formidable reputation as a single malt and is a key component in the internationally renowned Cutty Sark. Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited the distillery
December 2003, Issue 36, page 42
Distillery representative for whisky Magazine John M Rose presents another selection of collectible whisky
December 2003, Issue 36, page 46
Extending the family
Bourbon producer Heaven Hill is a family business that's branching out. Kate Ennis joined the extended family in Kentucky for a preview of their new vintage.
December 2003, Issue 36, page 48
A rose amongst the thorns (Aberiour)
Our Mystery Visitor discovers the Aberiour Distilery Experience
December 2003, Issue 36, page 50
The distinct smell of winter
Jefferson Chase writes about The Winter Father by Andre Dubus Snr.
December 2003, Issue 36, page 53
From Russia with love...
Vodka is the drink of choice for the average Russian but whisky has its fans. How did it get there? Erkin Touzmohamedov recounts the strange case of whisky and Stalin
December 2003, Issue 36, page 55
Cool and collected
Ian Wisniewski explores the mysteries of the ageing warehouse and looks at how different types affect the eventual taste of your whisky
December 2003, Issue 36, page 64
A place of my own at last
Editor Dominic Roskrow celebrates the end of his first year by getting his own column
December 2003, Issue 36, page 74
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 The elemental opposite of the sophisticated Lord of the Isles.
Royal Salute 50 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A work of craftsmanship, elegance and its own style.
Murray McDavid Mission II Linkwood 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Very sophisticated bittersweet flavours. Adults only.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki, 10 Years Old, 119.3
Single Malt - Japan - 56.20% 8 A surprising amount of peat in this usually very delicate malt.
The Whisky Exchange Glenfiddich 1974 50th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 8 Despite the rich descriptors, I found this slightly sharp with some vintage Glenfiddichs.
Bruichladdich Legacy Series II 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.80% 8 Does Starbucks know about this?
Bruichladdich Vintage 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.20% 8 The whisky for a Baltimore crab feast. Why not a Bruichladdich crab feast, come to that?
Campbeltown Loch 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A good, solid blend. Serve chilled, neat, with Loch Fyne oysters, pickled herrings and scallops.
Celtic Heartlands Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60% 8 Fresh, very drinkable. Doesn't remotely taste it's age.
Celtic Heartlands The Macallan 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.20% 7 Dry Oloroso is a very good idea.
Celtique Connexion Bruichladdich 1992 Spirit Safe & Cask Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 It took me a while to get past the very pale colour (white wine) and the distinctive aroma but, in the end, I liked this manifestation of The Laddie.
Celtique Connexion Clonmel Peated 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Another smoky whiskey is always welcome, but I think I may have tasted this under another name.
Celtique Connexion Mortlach 1989 Spirit Safe & Cask Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 Lacks contribution from wood. Lacks complexity.
Cooper's Choice Aberfeldy 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 All the classic flavour elements. With its character "freshness", Aberfeldy often shines at younger ages. Here it excels in middle age.
Glen Flagler 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Better than it sounds. Rather odd, but I liked it. With cheese?
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Astonishingly fresh and youthful. Not complex, but an enjoyable drink. A lamented Lowlander.
Murray McDavid Mission II Strathisla 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A good example of this distinctive and under-rated malt.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1
Single Malt - Japan - 60.70% 8 A very enigmatic malt. Lighter in body but drier and more assertive in flavour than Yamazaki. A digestif.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1991, 11 Years Old, 119.5
Single Malt - Japan - 62.20% 8 Saves all the action for the finish. Very appetising.
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