The Miller's Tale
Spring: the season of fecundity, rebirth and renewal. And, of course, Whisky Live in London. The merry-go-round begins again. Today London and, in two weeks time, whisky events in San Francisco and Co...
April 2004, Issue 38, page 5
Drinks with the Devil
Michael Jackson journeys to the heart of darkness
April 2004, Issue 38, page 10
Millipede raises question of age
Dave Broomon why all that' s old isn't necessarily good
April 2004, Issue 38, page 12
The voice of the people
The Icons of Whisky mark a step up for Whisky Magazine. Formerly known as the Whisky Academy and decided by an editorial panel, they are now decided by reader votes. Here we present the winners
April 2004, Issue 38, page 16
Hollywood's golden age: Whisky in the movies
Jefferson Chase looks at the special relationship between whisky and Hollywood
April 2004, Issue 38, page 24
All fired up about whisky
Dale DeGroff's new book is the bridge between the tradi tional world of whisky and the trendy High Street cocktail bar. Dominic Roskrow explains why
April 2004, Issue 38, page 29
Young at heart?
In a new series we ask a panel of experts to debate a controversial subject
April 2004, Issue 38, page 30
The Midleton distillery in Cork is the engine room of Irish Distillers and it's like no other distillery on earth. Dominic Roskrow reports
April 2004, Issue 38, page 32
Whisky Magazine Live
April 2004, Issue 38, page 40
Edinburgh's old haunt is in fine spirit (Glenkinchie)
Ian Buxton braves the ghosts and investigates the roots of lowland malt Glenkinchie
April 2004, Issue 38, page 48
Fun and fatality are the mark of Sorrow
Jefferson Chase takes Drew Barrymore's advice (really!) and buys a cheap copy of Tim Sandlin's Sorrow Floats
April 2004, Issue 38, page 54
A relationship that's on fire
Scottish whisky and Spanish sherry have long had a special relationship. But as the pursuit of better quality intensifies, the link is becoming stronger. Dominic Roskrow reports
April 2004, Issue 38, page 58
Give me strength
Ian Wisniewski looks at the effects of different filling and bottling strengths
April 2004, Issue 38, page 64
Hiding out from the High Street hell
Salt is the first of a new trend – High Street whisky bars. In the first of a new review series Dominic Roskrow visits it
April 2004, Issue 38, page 75
Hold the front page...
In tabloid speak we need to strike while the iron's hot and make hay while the sun shines. Dominic Roskrow looks at how whisky is enjoying life as a media darling
April 2004, Issue 38, page 82
Brora 30 Years Old, Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 Exuberant interplay of sweet and dry flavours, pivoted on a firm malt background.
Glenfiddich 40 Years Old, Rare Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 Extraordinary flavour development. An astonishingly complex whisky.
Talisker 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 9 Doesn't sound enjoyable? You bet it was.
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Becomes more complex with age. I admire its style, but hanker for the bravado of the younger Ardbegs.
Cragganmore 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 At this age, more complex and elegant than ever. No obvious sherry.
Douglas Laing Laphroaig 16 Years Old, Limburg Whisky Fair Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 At first, I did not recognise this as a Laphroaig. Then I thought that age must have muted its attack, but 16 is scarcely venerable. Can a whisky be an old fogey?
Glen Elgin 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 A lovely example of a honeyish Speyside whisky.
Rare Malts Brora 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 8 Refreshing start; soothing finish. Quite a trick.
The Macallan 1989, Exceptional Cask V
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 8 Lovely pinkish mahogany colour. Big esters, together with alcohol, balance a surprising degree of woodiness. Drinks older than it is. Another fogeyish bottling.
Cadenhead's Glenglassaugh 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.10% 7 This has dried out to a point where it is aggressive and unbalanced.
Chieftain's Choice Springbank 35 Years Old Single Cask Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 7 Springbank is a big whisky but the sherry here is even bigger, and wipes out some of the whisky's subtleties.
Connoisseur's Choice Dailuaine 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Characterful. Individualistic.
Connoisseur's Choice Glenlossie 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Again, rather dried out. Lacks roundness and structure.
Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1972, 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lovely glowing colour. A big Glenlivet, more robust than complex.
Cooper's Choice Longmorn 1975, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Complex, as Longmorn always is, but I wonder about the cask.
Cooper's Choice Strathisla 1976, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Always a complex whisky, hard to pin down. This sample seems to have triggered an oriental mood.
Craigellachie Hotel Craigellachie 1982, 2003 Single cask bottling, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 7 I hope we will be seeing a little more of Craigellachie.
Dalwhinnie 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 7 Seems to have become more lively with age.
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Seems restrained at first, but needs time to open up, at which point it becomes quite loqacious.
Glenfiddich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Salient house characteristics, especially the chocolate, at their boldest and most sustained.
Glenmorangie 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A confident, handsome whisky.
Glenury Royal 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.80% 8 A stunning farewell performance.
Lindores Abbey 'Angels Share'
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Lots of cereal-grain character. Seemed dry at first, but developed dessert sweetness – especially with water.
Rare Malts Auchroisk 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80% 7 Carries its age effortlessly. Approachable, clean, sweet-tempered. Unlike The Singleton version, no obvious sherry.
Rare Malts Blair Athol 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 The flavours seem to be held back, then suddenly released. This whisky might have been less inhibited at a younger age.
The Balvenie 25 Years Old, Single Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90% 8 Seemed a little lighter all round than I remember.
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