It's been a long time since...
Time is relative, and in the whisky industry you are reminded so regularly.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 5
Love, war and whisky
Michael Jackson has a few drinks with Buffalo Bill
June 2004, Issue 40, page 11
Going down the toilet?
Dave Broom gets all nostalgic while visiting the gents
June 2004, Issue 40, page 12
Limburg Whisky Fair grows on ...
In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established itself as one of THE events in the continental whisky diary.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 14
Glenlivin' it up
This year's Speyside Festival was a great success. Marcin Miller was there
June 2004, Issue 40, page 16
Back for more at Edradour
It's four years since our mystery visitor was at Edradour, and a lot has happened since then. So what's the tour like now?
June 2004, Issue 40, page 18
Are we good finishers?
In the latest of our round table debates, we look at special finishes.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 20
Music's dark heart
Blues – from its roots in black rural poverty through 60s psychedelia and on to the college rock scene of today has always been about attitude. Here Jefferson Chase takes a walk on the wild side, wh...
June 2004, Issue 40, page 22
Dave Broom talks music with seminal 60s band and whisky drinkers, Love.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 25
Taking Caol comfort at Islay's biggest distillery (Caol Ila)
A high proportion of Caol Ila whisky is used for blends. But as Ian Buxton discovered, Diageo is making some excellent single malts available from the enigmatic Islay distillery.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 28
Wacky, weird and wonderful
We might moan about nanny state governments these days, but over the years legislators across the world have tried all sorts of bizarre things. Here Christine Green looks at some of the stranger alcoh...
June 2004, Issue 40, page 32
Anything but a Greek tragedy
Greece has one of the biggest markets for whisky in the world. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
June 2004, Issue 40, page 34
A book with a central Flaws
Guttered is a decadent and bawdy drinking romp. Perfect terrain for Jefferson Chase, then
June 2004, Issue 40, page 37
Teaching an old distillery new tricks
Buffalo Trace takes its name from the great pioneering days when Kentucky marked the new frontier.Today, it's still blazing a trail for whiskey. Charles K. Cowdery reports
June 2004, Issue 40, page 38
Naughty but nice
Impossible to do whisky justice when it's in a cocktail? That's rubbish, as our recent Whisky Cocktail Challenge showed
June 2004, Issue 40, page 42
What happens in the cask
The reactions that go on in the cask and create whisky are still not fully understood. Ian Wisniewski takes a close look at the most recent research on the subject to see what it can tell us
June 2004, Issue 40, page 46
Blowing hot and cold (Coffee and Whisky)
Coffee and whisky make an ideal after-dinner partnership. We put together a panel of tasters to match some outstanding coffee blends with some provocative malts. Dominic Roskrow reports
June 2004, Issue 40, page 54
Whisky's own grand national?
Ian Bankier's dream is to give whisky lovers a national retail chain of their own. Gavin D Smith spoke to the former Burn Stewart boss
June 2004, Issue 40, page 57
Marriages made in Hebrides
It's easy to spice up your food offering with whisky. Here Martine Nouet uses Islay and Jura to pep up her menu
June 2004, Issue 40, page 58
Small but perfectly formed?
Recent issues have reported on two micro distillery projects being launched this year. On this page Terry Williams writes about the Loch Ewe Distillery at Drumchork Lodge, Wester Ross
June 2004, Issue 40, page 67
We have invited four of the best drinks writers to take it in turn to write for us. First up, award-winning journalist Andrew Jefford argues that whisky is a matter of tastes
June 2004, Issue 40, page 74
Hibiki 505 17 Years Old, Non chill filtered
Blended - Japan - 50.50% 8 Virile. Rich display of flavours. If I was to climb up the Fujiyama, I'd take a flask with me.
The Glenlivet 16 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60% 8 The rich fruity profile of Glenlivet blossoms at cask strength. So well balanced.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 What you nose is what you get. A beautiful uncompromising version of Caol Ila. More enjoyable when neat.
Hokuto 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 8 A wee cracker. Nothing sophisticated. Clean, straight and well combined. Quite cheering.
Dewar's Founder's Reserve 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Attractive nose but a wee more restrained palate than expected.
Dram House Vatted Malt, 12 Years Old, Milroy's
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Conclusion: A true and easy-going mariner. Straight forwardness takes the place of complexity. Is Caol Ila a major player in the vatting?
Evermore 2004 Blend, 21 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 Perfect blend of aromas and textures. Really appealing. Makes you feel romantic.
Frisky Whisky Milroy's
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Frisky to say the least! The palate is much more talkative and pleasant than the nose. Would be great in a granite with strawberries.
Fujigotenba 15 Years Old, Single Grain
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Characterful but I would have easily mistaken it for Cognac.
Fujigotenba 18 Years Old, Single Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 I like its balance and elegance. Again in a cognac style like a mature X. O. from 'fins bois terroir'.
Glen Grant 14 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 A midsummer's night dream dram. So delicate, so rich but without ostentation.
Gordon & MacPhail Bladnoch 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80% 7 The nose is unusual, closer to a sour Chinese broth than a whisky! But the palate restores an expected floral Lowland freshness.
James MacArthur Glentauchers 1990, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 7 Pleasant fruitiness on the nose but the palate is somewhat dour and one dimensional.
Karuizawa 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 I would have enjoyed the whisky more if I had stuck to nosing.
Karuizawa Master's Blend, 10 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 For once, a whisky that delivers more on the palate than on the nose. It could make a pleasant summer dram.
Longmorn 17 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 8 Maybe not as balanced as the classic 15 year-old. But who would turn one's nose up to a Longmorn? So rare, so satisfying. Yummy.
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 A promising nose but a somewhat worn out palate.
Miyagikyo 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00% 7 Nose is more attractive than the palate. Lacks elegance and cohesion.
Nikka Black 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 Easy-going, well-balanced. To be enjoyed as a refreshment with water and ice.
Silver Barley Milroy's
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 A very young, new-make like whisky. On the bitter side. A fresh nose isn't enough.
Strathisla 15 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 8 Make the effort to sample a cracking dram and to visit the bonniest distillery in Scotland.
Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 The creamy notes on the nose suggest more sweetness on the palate. Oak speaks up.
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