From the Editor
These are stirring times for Scotland, with the arrival of the first parliament for 192 years, and stirring times for the Scotch whisky industry, which seems to be losing the confidence of stockbroker...
June 1999, Issue 4, page 5
Whisky... it's not just for breakfast
In the matter of marketing, Michael Jackson proposes that Scotland take a lesson from Florida
June 1999, Issue 4, page 7
Consultancy or scam?
Jim Murray, spurred by a reader's letter, considers alleged conflicts of interest
June 1999, Issue 4, page 9
Tarry rope and smoked fish
Might the revival of Ardbeg one day lead to the release of a new 10-year old? If so, would it be like the Ardbeg of old? Neil Wilson looks at the ups and downs of a legend
June 1999, Issue 4, page 18
Scotch and the gumshoe
When a blonde walks into a sleuth's office the first thing he does is reach for the whisky bottle. Jeff Siegel dons trenchcoat and fedora and heads for the mean streets of detective fiction
June 1999, Issue 4, page 22
Born again- and again and again (Benromach)
Benromach Distillery reopened last year, for the sixth time in its hundred-year history. Jim Murray hopes that this time it's for good
June 1999, Issue 4, page 28
The elements of style part 2
In the second of his three-part series on what determines the character of malt whisky, Professor Alan Rutherford looks at the effect mashing, fermentation and distillation have on flavour.
June 1999, Issue 4, page 33
Learning to fly
Grouse and the Gloags, part 1: Charles Maclean tells the history of a bird, a brand and a dynasty. For a profile of a thoroughly modern Matthew Gloag, see page 46.
June 1999, Issue 4, page 42
The great escape
Grouse and the Gloags, part 2: Margaret Rand meets the current Matthew Gloag, who had escaped the corporate rat race and handcuffs to live in France and have a reverse career pattern
June 1999, Issue 4, page 47
Life and the liver
Alcohol is not only good for you, says Dr Thomas Stutaford; it also used to be available on Britain's National Health Service
June 1999, Issue 4, page 50
The geography of taste
In part four of his nosing course. Charles Maclean looks at how malts came to be classified by region
June 1999, Issue 4, page 60
Glenweevil an everyday story of distilling folk 4
The story so far: Kevin has been arrested for the theft of a lorryload of Glenweevil. The stolen whisky was passed off by Ruth as a newly-discovered stash of pre-war Glenweevil. After suitable doctori...
June 1999, Issue 4, page 74
The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Bring on the petits-fours.
Glenfiddich 15 Years Old, Solera Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Light but very smooth. Scores points for its suave smoothness and sweetness.
The Balvenie 10 Years Old, Founder's Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The most honeyish of Speyside malts?
The Balvenie 12 Years Old, Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 Yet richer, and fruitier.
Convalmore 1960, Rare Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Try it with a book at bedtime.
Drambuie Black Ribbon, 15 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00% 5 Substantially darker, bigger, fruitier, drier, firmer, more structured and less syrupy than the Drambuie without the ribbon.
Dufftown 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 An excellent aperitif malt.
Glen Moray 12 Years Old, Chenin Blanc Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Smooth body, beeswax-like. The wine adds an element, but many loyalists will miss the previous version.
Glen Moray 16 Years Old, Chenin Blanc Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Firmer and more assertive.
Glen Moray Chardonnay Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Pale and soft, but textured.
Glendullan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Very pale indeed. Wood a little worse for wear. Has a hard edge, but becomes silky and disrobes quite sexily.
Glenfiddich 18 Years Old, Ancient Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Scores points for sophistication and sherry character.
Glenfiddich Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Lean, smooth and appetising.
Highland Park 1958
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 Some drinkers might perfer this great whisky slightly younger and fresher. Those who like a touch of oak will find this very elegant.
Mortlach 1980, 17 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.10% 7 A big, rich interpretation; an outstanding digestif.
Pittyvaich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 Pittyvaich has always seemed a bit spirity to me, like a Scottish grappa. This version is softened slightly by the sherry.
Rare Malts Dufftown-Glenlivet 1975, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80% 8 Pale in colour but by no means anaemic in flavour. Has matured a lot since it was 15.
The Balvenie 15 Years Old Single Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% 8 Certainly robust. Perhaps a little harsh?
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