Hard to put a figure on it...
I'm not one for snobbery, pretentiousness or elitism. Can't stand it. But if I've learned anything over the last few years it's that you get what you pay for and that quality comes at a cost.
September 2004, Issue 42, page 5
The Pundit and the Popper
Michael Jackson brainstorming on behalf of Scotch Whisky.
September 2004, Issue 42, page 11
As easy as Alpha, Beta…
Dave Broom launches the resistance against the whisky terroiristes
September 2004, Issue 42, page 12
Chill to thrill
Young consumers are seeking innovative ways to drink alcohol. Andy Knott reports on how Diageo is promoting its super premium blends
September 2004, Issue 42, page 16
Bright young things
There is a new wave of whisky drinkers who are confident, intelligent, young and individualistic. Many of them are women. Dominic Roskrow reports
September 2004, Issue 42, page 19
The times they are a changing
This month we ask a female only panel of whisky drinkers whether the image of malt whisky is changing
September 2004, Issue 42, page 20
Women with taste
If a group of women conducted a whisky tasting, would it be very different to a men's one? Well yes, actually. Dominic Roskrow meets the girls
September 2004, Issue 42, page 22
A nice girl like Abigail
Abigail Bosanko's new book is a romance aimed at the professional female. But it includes whisky tasting notes and its central character is a whisky expert. What's going on?
September 2004, Issue 42, page 24
A world at her feet
Iseabail Mactaggart could have pretty much chosen to work anywhere. She chose the Islay whisky industry. Here's why…
September 2004, Issue 42, page 26
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is under new ownership and enjoying new premises. Our Mystery Visitor went and checked out one of our more interesting members' clubs
September 2004, Issue 42, page 28
Forty not out:
Girvan isn't your normal run of the … er… mill distillery. Ian Buxton paid it a visit
September 2004, Issue 42, page 30
Home of the Black art (Bushmills)
Ireland isn't normally associated with single malts, but at Bushmills they're investing heavily in producing outstanding whiskeys. Dominic Roskrowwent there
September 2004, Issue 42, page 34
Do you wanna be in our gang...
How many of us have thought about giving it all up and starting afresh as a worker in the world of whisky? Richard Jones speaks to some people who have done just that
September 2004, Issue 42, page 36
Perfecting the gift of McNab
Patrick McCabe's disturbed protagonist McNab first appeared in The Butcher Boy; Jefferson Chase sees how he's grown
September 2004, Issue 42, page 39
Among great bourbon families it doesn't get much bigger than the name Beam. And as Charles K.Cowdery reports, another generation is considering its options
September 2004, Issue 42, page 40
Full of Eastern promise
Our new food and whisky series will look at restaurants and chefs who cook with whisky or serve it as an accompaniment to food. This issue, Christine Manfield (above) and East@West, London
September 2004, Issue 42, page 44
Tomes of Zurich
Switzerland might not seem an obvious place to find a good whisky bar, but the Widder Bar is just that. Jefferson Chase reports
September 2004, Issue 42, page 46
A new meaning for Pyramid selling
Fake whisky bottles appear in most markets of the world. But as Erkin Touzmohamedov reports, there are some bizarre ones in Egypt
September 2004, Issue 42, page 48
Adrian and Alison Murray are combining business and pleasure by selling whisky to tourists in England's Peak District. Dominic Roskrow reports
September 2004, Issue 42, page 55
Staring down a barrel
Ian Wisniewski looks at the role of the cooper and assesses what future the profession has
September 2004, Issue 42, page 56
A gardener's world (Hilary Lamont - Linkwood)
In a new series looking at different distillery careers, Richard Jones talks to Hilary Lamont – distillery gardener at Linkwood
September 2004, Issue 42, page 67
Here's to grumpy old men...
This month's guest writer is market analyst Tom Stinson
September 2004, Issue 42, page 74
The Macallan 15 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 This is getting difficult, but the 12 Years Old still just edges it for me.
Old & Rare Platinum Glen Garioch 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 This has lasted superbly for its age, proof that Glen Garioch is a seriously impressive malt, one that improves with lengthy maturation.
The Macallan 21 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 Fine if you're a bourbon fan, but this is perhaps a little too far for me.
The Macallan 30 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 I was wrong! This is infinitely better.
Auld Reekie 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A drinkable, if relatively undemanding whisky. Perhaps a good introduction to Islay.
Connoisseur's Choice Clynelish 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Well-balanced and complex as a Clynelish should be. A good, solid afterdinner dram.
Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1971, 32 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 This example has stood up to its 32 years in the cask very well. A good example of how supple an old Glenlivet can be.
Cooper's Choice Rosebank 1992, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Perhaps 12 years in the cask is slightly too long for most Rosebanks. This does not seem a particularly well-behaved example.
Dewar Rattray Dufftown 1975, 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 With some Dufftowns you are glad when you've had enough. This is a well-made example which has been matched by very good bourbon wood.
Duncan Taylor Knockando 1980, 23 Years Old, Cask 1913
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00% 7 Knockando is always a well-mannered whisky, although this expression seems a tad tired.
Glen Garioch 1979, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10% 8 Some Glen Garioch are sometimes dismissed on account of their 'tartan and stag' packaging, but this is a serious whisky and deserves to be treated as such.
Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith's, Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Somewhat lifeless and one-dimensional. Not the best old Glenlivet I've tasted.
Old & Rare Platinum Ben Nevis
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Just about holds its own against the effects of excessive age. On the cusp!
Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan 1977 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 This is a very decent example of an independent bottling.
Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A delicate but satisfyingly complex dram. Arran has been getting better and better, perhaps this will be the optimum age.
Provenance The Glenrothes 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Large, yet complex. A lovely example of this outstanding Speyside whisky which still has far too low a profile.
The Balvenie 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.30% 8 This expression wears its years well.
The Macallan 10 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 The extra two years have made this a little drier, and it still lacks complexity. Improvement to come here.
The Macallan 12 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 Starting to get there now. The qualitative jump from 10 to 12 is exactly parallel to that in sherried expressions. I'd buy this one!
The Macallan 18 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 A lovely, elegant yet large whisky. Why would you ever use sherry wood?
The Macallan 25 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 No further, I think.
The Macallan 8 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 I'm not a fan of younger Macallans, but this is a drinkable, if somewhat undemanding, 8 Years Old.
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