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Whisky Magazine Issue 39

Whisky Magazine Issue 39

Whisky Magazine Issue 39

In this issue - Cask strength Islay tasting - Longmorn - Classic malts cruise - Delilah's

Published May 2004

TheMiller'sTale
Nothinglastsforever.LookattheEnglandrugbyteam'sunbeatenrecordatTwickenham(fortunately,Icouldn'twatchIrelandbreakEngland'swinningstreakasIwasatWhiskyLive).LookatCardhuPureMalt. Well,anotherconstantcom...

May 2004, Issue 39, page 5

Stillinleaguewiththedevil
MichaelJacksoncontinuesthesagaofatastingatPhilipPullman'shouse

May 2004, Issue 39, page 11

Allsmilesaspeacebreaksout?
DaveBroomwrylyobservesthesurreallovefestthatWhiskyLivehasbecome

May 2004, Issue 39, page 12

Whiskyandhistorymakeaperfectblend
GavinDSmithprovidesanupdateontheAndrewUshercommemorations

May 2004, Issue 39, page 15

LiveoverLondon-thebiggestshowintown
WhiskyLiveLondonhasgrownintoamajoreventattractinghundredsofwhiskyloversfromacrossEurope

May 2004, Issue 39, page 16

Searchingforperfection
perfectionTheWhisky&CigarChallengematchesapremiumwhiskywithapremiumCubancigartoproducetheperfectmatch

May 2004, Issue 39, page 18

Vatisthefussabout?
Arevattedmaltssettobethesuccessstoryof2004?Weaskedagroupofexperts

May 2004, Issue 39, page 20

ThebestScotchmaltsintheworld
Compilingatop90bestScottishmaltslistisasambitiousaprojectasthismagazinehaseverundertook.DominicRoskrowdescribeshowitwasdone

May 2004, Issue 39, page 22

Anofferingyoucan'trefuse
Luvian'sBottleShophasbuiltareputationforfinedrinksproducts.GavinSmithlooksatitswhiskyoffering

May 2004, Issue 39, page 28

ReachfortheSkye
CarolineWhitfielddecidedtogiveuplifeinthefastlaneinLondonanddecidedtosetupadistilleryinTheShetlandsinstead.TomBruce-Gardynereports

May 2004, Issue 39, page 29

Thebackboneofgreatwhisky?(Longmorn)
Longmornisablenders'favourite.Butasasinglemaltit'sbothwonderfulandfrustratinglyhardtoget.IanBuxtonaddshisvoicetotheWhiskyMagazineclamourformoreofit

May 2004, Issue 39, page 30

Thekingoftartannoir
IanRankin'scelebrateddetectiveJohnRebusisahardtalkingwhiskyman.JeffersonChaseintroduceshimtoanewaudience

May 2004, Issue 39, page 35

Aweekinparadise
TheIslayFestivalisthehighlightoftheScotchwhiskyyear.MartineNouetlooksaheadtothisyear'sactivities

May 2004, Issue 39, page 36

Unitednations
AspromisedinIssue36,weaskedsomeexpertstocrosstheusualgenreboundariestoseeifanycombinationsworked,whatmightworkandwhatwasbestleftinits componentbottles.GavinSmithreports

May 2004, Issue 39, page 38

Notaltogetherplainsailing
TheClassicMaltsCruiseisanannualeventheldbyDiageo,formerlyGuinness-UDV.Foronepersononit,itwasacaseofsailingwiththeenemy.ButforGillianBell,theadventurewastochangeherperspectiveentirely

May 2004, Issue 39, page 42

TemptingSamsoninChicago
Why,why,whyDelilah's?Because,saysCharlesCowdrey,it'sacrackingbourbonbar

May 2004, Issue 39, page 46

Collector'scorner
JohnRoseprovidesanotherselectionofcollectiblebottles

May 2004, Issue 39, page 50

Let'sgotothesaladbar
MartineNouetlightensupforsummer

May 2004, Issue 39, page 55

Workingonthemaltline
Whataretheadvantagesofcommercialmaltsters,andwhydosomedistilleriesstillhavetheirownfloormaltings?IanWisniewskireports

May 2004, Issue 39, page 57

Anywayyouwantit
DominicRoskrowarguesthatweshouldactnowtobeatthecensorshiplobby

May 2004, Issue 39, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
9 Complex, sophisticated heavyweight. The one they all have to beat.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
8 Very well balanced, this expression has enjoyed a great relationship with its cask.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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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