The Miller's Tale
Oddly enough, unlike the 1,000 or so visitors, I did not get the opportunity to taste much at Whisky Live in Tokyo (see review pages 16-17). However, those precious few whiskies I did manage to sample...
February 2004, Issue 37, page 5
Michael Jackson hunts for duck soup - of a sort
February 2004, Issue 37, page 11
Two sides of the emotional coin
Dave Broom on good times and bad times with whisky
February 2004, Issue 37, page 12
The fifth Whisky Live in Japan not only attracted a sell-out crowd, but it was a major success too. Marcin Miller reports
February 2004, Issue 37, page 16
London hosts whisky heroes
Come to the United Kingdom's premier whisky tasting event and take the opportunity to enjoy a masterclass or two. This selection of tutored tastings gives you access to rare – sometimes unique - exp...
February 2004, Issue 37, page 18
Vote for your whisky favourites
Icons of whisky is the new name for our annual awards. And this year we're introducing the radical step of letting you do the voting 2004
February 2004, Issue 37, page 20
New Hollywood blockbuster Lost In Translation gives whisky a status that it has rarely enjoyed in film before. Dominic Roskrow reports.
February 2004, Issue 37, page 22
The wonderful world of world of whisky
Dominic Roskrow takes a lighter look at the whisky industry
February 2004, Issue 37, page 26
You've never had it so good?
Is whisky produced today as good as it used to be? Richard Jones hosts this months' philosophical debate
February 2004, Issue 37, page 28
If it moves, logo it...
As whisky becomes fashionable, the battle is on for our money. Alex Meadreports on the sponsorship market
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Fear and Loathing in Bankfoot
We're not sure what happened to our Mystery Visitor over Christmas but it seems he has finally lost the plot. And ended up at the Scottish Liqueur Centre of all places
February 2004, Issue 37, page 40
A single malt for the purists (Balvenie)
Once just William Grant's ‘other' Dufftown distillery, Balvenie is starting to build a big reputation for itself. Ian Buxton went to pay homage
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Welcome to the Bourbon Bunker?
So you thought there were only a handful of bourbons? American correspondent Charles K. Cowdery tracks down some collectors who have hundreds
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Carver's L.A. gories....
Jefferson Chase trawls through another downbeat bar. This time courtesy of Raymond Carver
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Back in the USSR
In the second part of his feature on Russian whisky, Erkin Touzmohamedov looks at the period from Kruschev to the modern day
February 2004, Issue 37, page 54
It's all going down the tubes
Ian Wisniewski compares the merits of worms against those of shell and tube condensers
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Wow - what happened?
The last three months of 2003 were as lively as it ever gets in the sedate world of whisky. Dominic Roskrowlooks at how whisky seemed to get everywhere for a while.
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Connoisseur's Choice Ardbeg 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Less boisterous than The Young One. The calm of maturity permits all the nuances to be experienced.
MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Only 8 Years Old, but a seasoned sea-salt. A return to form for the independent youngster.
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, 1994
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Another great vintage from Heaven Hill.
Ardbeg 6 Years Old, Committee Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 8 I like young Islays, but this hyperactive whisky is just too frisky. The flavours need time to meld. Even with those shortcomings, it is an Ardbeg…
Celtic Heartlands Highland Park 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.10% 8 The more heavily-sherried expressions of Highland Park seem more open in displaying their charms.
Dun Bheagan 8 Years Old Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A promising middleweight. Could be a contender in two or three years.
Glen Grant 5 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Hadn't tasted the 5 Years Old for a while. Cleaner, drier and less fruity than I remember.
Glen Moray Classic
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I had not realised Glen Moray could be so sensuous.
Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Tastes like Manzanilla to me. I don't speak for anyone else.
Jon, Mark and Robbo's The Rich Spicy One
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The best of the three. A hint of The Macallan?
Jon, Mark and Robbo's The Smoky Peaty One
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Good as far as it goes, but pulls its punches.
Ledaig 7 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 That wasn't breakfast toast after all. It was melba toast, with a game pate. Or better still, a mousseline.
Macleod's 8 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Bold flavours. "Take me as I am, " it seems to say. I will. Let's live dangerously.
Murray McDavid Mission II Caperdonich 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Good structure, but spoiled by bitterness and woodiness.
Murray McDavid Mission II Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 This delicate malt in unusually full flavour.
Murray McDavid Mission II Glenlossie 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A rare chance to taste Glenlossie but, again, the wood gets in the way.
Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old, Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Uncomplicated but delicious.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bunnahabhain, 10.56
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 8 I admired its feistiness, but I might be more comfortable with a greater degree of maturity.
The Arran Malt Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 7 Was the Calvados cask notably generous, or is Scotch whisky particularly receptive to the Norman spirit?
The Arran Malt Cognac finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60% 7 I have observed few happy marriages between whisky and Cognac. Perhaps the rivalry is just too obvious.
Van Winkle Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 18 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 52.60% 7 The wisdom of the ages is locked in there somewhere, but it is hard to penetrate the wood.
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