The Miller's Tale
Nothing lasts forever. Look at the England rugby team's unbeaten record at Twickenham (fortunately, I couldn't watch Ireland break England's winning streak as I was at Whisky Live). Look at Cardhu Pur...
May 2004, Issue 39, page 5
Still in league with the devil
Michael Jackson continues the saga of a tasting at Philip Pullman's house
May 2004, Issue 39, page 11
All smiles as peace breaks out?
Dave Broom wryly observes the surreal lovefest that Whisky Live has become
May 2004, Issue 39, page 12
Whisky and history make a perfect blend
Gavin D Smith provides an update on the Andrew Usher commemorations
May 2004, Issue 39, page 15
Live over London - the biggest show in town
Whisky Live London has grown into a major event attracting hundreds of whisky lovers from across Europe
May 2004, Issue 39, page 16
Searching for perfection
perfection The Whisky & Cigar Challenge matches a premium whisky with a premium Cuban cigar to produce the perfect match
May 2004, Issue 39, page 18
Vat is the fuss about?
Are vatted malts set to be the success story of 2004? We asked a group of experts
May 2004, Issue 39, page 20
The best Scotch malts in the world
Compiling a top 90 best Scottish malts list is as ambitious a project as this magazine has ever undertook. Dominic Roskrowdescribes how it was done
May 2004, Issue 39, page 22
An offering you can't refuse
Luvian's Bottle Shop has built a reputation for fine drinks products. Gavin Smith looks at its whisky offering
May 2004, Issue 39, page 28
Reach for the Skye
Caroline Whitfield decided to give up life in the fast lane in London and decided to set up a distillery in The Shetlands instead. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
May 2004, Issue 39, page 29
The backbone of great whisky? (Longmorn)
Longmorn is a blenders' favourite. But as a single malt it's both wonderful and frustratingly hard to get. Ian Buxton adds his voice to the Whisky Magazine clamour for more of it
May 2004, Issue 39, page 30
The king of tartan noir
Ian Rankin's celebrated detective John Rebus is a hard talking whisky man. Jefferson Chase introduces him to a new audience
May 2004, Issue 39, page 35
A week in paradise
The Islay Festival is the highlight of the Scotch whisky year. Martine Nouet looks ahead to this year's activities
May 2004, Issue 39, page 36
As promised in Issue 36, we asked some experts to cross the usual genre boundaries to see if any combinations worked, what might work and what was best left in its component bottles. Gavin Smith repor...
May 2004, Issue 39, page 38
Not altogether plain sailing
The Classic Malts Cruise is an annual event held by Diageo, formerly Guinness-UDV. For one person on it, it was a case of sailing with the enemy. But for Gillian Bell, the adventure was to change her ...
May 2004, Issue 39, page 42
Tempting Samson in Chicago
Why, why, why Delilah's? Because, says Charles Cowdrey, it's a cracking bourbon bar
May 2004, Issue 39, page 46
John Rose provides another selection of collectible bottles
May 2004, Issue 39, page 50
Let's go to the salad bar
Martine Nouet lightens up for summer
May 2004, Issue 39, page 55
Working on the malt line
What are the advantages of commercial maltsters, and why do some distilleries still have their own floor maltings? Ian Wisniewski reports
May 2004, Issue 39, page 57
Any way you want it
Dominic Roskrow argues that we should act now to beat the censorship lobby
May 2004, Issue 39, page 74
Glenmorangie Tain L'Hermitage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Perhaps more robust, less elegant, than the previous bottling, but full of flavour and soundly structured.
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 9 Complex, sophisticated heavyweight. The one they all have to beat.
Ardbeg 1976, Single Cask Committee bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 A 'no bones about it' Islay whisky, and a fine example of Ardbeg.
Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable.
Duncan Taylor Bruichladdich 1969, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 Good balance – has stood up to its cask well, retaining a zest not overwhelmed by age.
Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 Very well balanced, this expression has enjoyed a great relationship with its cask.
Signatory Straight from the Cask Port Ellen 24 Years Old, Burgundy finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 Lots happening here. A complex and highly unusual expression of Port Ellen.
Vintage Malt Whisky Co. Classic of Islay Cask Strength Single Islay Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20% 8 Powerful, pungent malt with everything an Islay enthusiast would wish for.
Bowmore Cask Strength Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 7 Doesn't leap out of the glass at you, but well balanced and unthreatening.
Bowmore Dawn Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 7 Complex and curious!
Duncan Taylor Bunnahabhain 1969, 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.70% 7 Hasn't held up for its age anything like as well as the previous thirty-something Bruichladdich. The cask has won this battle.
Glen Moray Manager's Choice Mountain Oak Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 A robust rendition. One for mountaineers?
Glendronach Original, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A very enjoyable whisky, but somewhat lacking in liveliness.
Gordon & MacPhail Ardmore 1990 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 7 Starts slowly, and seems uncertain as to where it is going.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 8 Very decent example of Caol Ila, nothing jars here.
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Scotia 1992 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 7 Far from the best Glen Scotia, but I have always entertained a sneaky respect for this distillery.
Laphroaig 10 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 A fine robust dram with lots happening. Laphroaig at its best.
Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Lightweight, but very drinkable.
Old Malt Cask Caol Ila 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Conclusion: Another perfectly fine Coal Ila, but nothing to blow the mind.
Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Good all-round Laphroaig. Sound stuff.
Old Malt Cask Port Ellen 1982 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A big beast of a Port Ellen, nicely caught before the sherry-wood tipped it over the edge.
Penderyn Welsh Whisky
Single Malt - Wales - 46.00% 7 The process is unusual, and so are the resultant flavours, but this is a very drinkable whisky in its own right. I was a sceptic, but no longer.
Rare Malts Convalmore 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 8 The second good Convalmore I have tasted. It was not highly rated in its lifetime, but could win friends now.
Signatory Caol Ila Vintage 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 7 Significantly drier than the other Caol Ilas sampled.
Signatory Straight from the Cask Laphroaig 11 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 7 Intriguing, but a little too much imposed sweetness for my taste.
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