Let's dive in at the deep end
Only one thing: they drank my entire bottle of Laphroaig
July 2004, Issue 41, page 5
The ‘quaiching' of a President
Michael Jackson recalls his part in Ron's downfall
July 2004, Issue 41, page 11
It's all a matter of angles
Dave ‘The Brush' Broom on potting, pirates and promotions
July 2004, Issue 41, page 12
Bladnoch is a strong South Westerly
It takes some getting to but Scotland's most southern distillery is worth the effort. Even when it's silenced
July 2004, Issue 41, page 18
Casting an eye to the future
This month's debate looks at the future role of age statements on bourbons
July 2004, Issue 41, page 20
Heady days as drinkers seek out quality
These are very special days indeed for whisky
July 2004, Issue 41, page 22
Is bourbon coming of age?
Is there a perfect age for American whiskey – and are different age expressions driving the market or in danger of harming it?
July 2004, Issue 41, page 24
How Maker's made its Mark
When TW Samuels VI first produced Maker's Mark he was dismissed as a crackpot. But he succeeded in changing the image of bourbon forever, and the sector is still benefiting Dominic Roskrow reports
July 2004, Issue 41, page 28
Whisky at ease with itself (Yamazaki)
At Yamazaki the distillery and church stand next to each other in harmony. Dave Broom witnesses whisky making at its noblest
July 2004, Issue 41, page 32
Let's take a walk on the fragrant side
The smells of Islay reflect on some of its wonderful whiskies. Martine Nouet takes you on a sensory journey across the island and introduces its flora and fauna
July 2004, Issue 41, page 36
Out with the old, in with the new? Not quite...
Can whisky-making be taught properly at university, and is our understanding of science leading to better whisky? Gavin Smith looks at the issue
July 2004, Issue 41, page 40
Back from the brink for Scapa
The Scapa distillery on Orkney is to be reopened full time after years of neglect Dominic Roskrow visited it
July 2004, Issue 41, page 44
Finding fellowship in café society
Jefferson Chase stops for a drink at Carson McCullers' Sad Café
July 2004, Issue 41, page 47
A spicier side of Ireland
Celebrity chef Paul Rankin has always used whiskey in his recipes. Dominic Roskrow took a cooking lesson with him and visited his restaurant, Cayenne
July 2004, Issue 41, page 50
Magnificent Seven meet the Famous Five
Chivas billed it as the great Glenlivet Tasting Showdown. Our man Ian Buxton popped along to see what it was all about
July 2004, Issue 41, page 56
Something fishy or a salt on the senses?
Ian Wisniewski explores the phenomenon of marine characteristics and asks why we can taste the sea when we drink some malts
July 2004, Issue 41, page 58
Found on the marketing department floor
American writer Terry Sullivan is the latest guest journalist to grace our pages. And he has some pretty cool industry insiders as contacts…
July 2004, Issue 41, page 74
Dewar Rattray Bruichladdich 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 Savoury. Summery. A picnic malt. Or eating freshly shucked oysters with Jim McEwan.
Evan Williams 23 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 A lovely bourbon, but I prefer it younger.
Old Rip Van Winkle's 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 Big . Rich. Hearty. Robust.
George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.35% 8 Ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you don't like your in-laws or the television, knock yourself out after dinner.
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Traditional
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 This one really does have subtlety. A lovely, delicate aperitif.
W.L. Weller 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Would I take a bath in this? Well, perhaps a shower.
Dewar Rattray Auchentoshan 1990, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 7 I would never have identified this as an Auchentoshan. Proves 'the Glasgow malt' has plenty of character, but this expression lacks subtlety.
Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1990 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 I loved the aroma. After that the stern, impenetrable palate was frustrating but in keeping with the mood. A good, old-fashioned Speysider.
Dewar Rattray The Macallan 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 A very odd Macallan. Perhaps a very odd cask.
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 The nose suggested an astringent palate, but there is some balancing sweetness.
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 Delicious. Dangerously drinkable. Bigger and richer than I remember.
Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 7 Shy. Diffident. But with its own delicacy.
Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 Finally made it to lunch.
Old Charter The Classic 90, 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 Biscuits and gravy and a shot of Charter 12. The breakfast of champions.
Pappy Van Winkle 20 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 7 The family propensity to fall asleep seems to have struck in the bottle; given a chance to breathe and a drink of water, it comes back to life.
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, 23 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.80% 7 Big and robust but very drinkable and soothing.
The Arran Malt First 1995, Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The early releases were promising, and this one has matured well.
Van Winkle Special Reserve, 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 7 Well balanced. Easy to drink. Not especially complex.
Wild Turkey Sherry Signature
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00% 7 Bourbon and sherry? Is this allowed? I'm not sure it should be. I didn't order this, I ordered 101.
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