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Whisky Magazine Issue 42

Whisky Magazine Issue 42

Whisky Magazine Issue 42

In this issue - State of Independence - The Macallan new expressions - Girvan - Bushmills - Innovation from Laphroaig - Widder Bar - The Wee Dram

Published September 2004

Hardtoputafigureonit...
I'mnotoneforsnobbery,pretentiousnessorelitism.Can'tstandit.ButifI'velearnedanythingoverthelastfewyearsit'sthatyougetwhatyoupayforandthatqualitycomesatacost.

September 2004, Issue 42, page 5

ThePunditandthePopper
MichaelJacksonbrainstormingonbehalfofScotchWhisky.

September 2004, Issue 42, page 11

AseasyasAlpha,Beta…
DaveBroomlaunchestheresistanceagainstthewhiskyterroiristes

September 2004, Issue 42, page 12

Chilltothrill
Youngconsumersareseekinginnovativewaystodrinkalcohol.AndyKnottreportsonhowDiageoispromotingitssuperpremiumblends

September 2004, Issue 42, page 16

Brightyoungthings
Thereisanewwaveofwhiskydrinkerswhoareconfident,intelligent,youngandindividualistic.Manyofthemarewomen.DominicRoskrowreports

September 2004, Issue 42, page 19

Thetimestheyareachanging
Thismonthweaskafemaleonlypanelofwhiskydrinkerswhethertheimageofmaltwhiskyischanging

September 2004, Issue 42, page 20

Womenwithtaste
Ifagroupofwomenconductedawhiskytasting,woulditbeverydifferenttoamen'sone?Wellyes,actually.DominicRoskrowmeetsthegirls

September 2004, Issue 42, page 22

AnicegirllikeAbigail
AbigailBosanko'snewbookisaromanceaimedattheprofessionalfemale.Butitincludeswhiskytastingnotesanditscentralcharacterisawhiskyexpert.What'sgoingon?

September 2004, Issue 42, page 24

Aworldatherfeet
IseabailMactaggartcouldhaveprettymuchchosentoworkanywhere.ShechosetheIslaywhiskyindustry.Here'swhy…

September 2004, Issue 42, page 26

HighSociety
TheScotchMaltWhiskySocietyisundernewownershipandenjoyingnewpremises.OurMysteryVisitorwentandcheckedoutoneofourmoreinterestingmembers'clubs

September 2004, Issue 42, page 28

Fortynotout:
Girvanisn'tyournormalrunofthe…er…milldistillery.IanBuxtonpaiditavisit

September 2004, Issue 42, page 30

HomeoftheBlackart(Bushmills)
Irelandisn'tnormallyassociatedwithsinglemalts,butatBushmillsthey'reinvestingheavilyinproducingoutstandingwhiskeys.DominicRoskrowwentthere

September 2004, Issue 42, page 34

Doyouwannabeinourgang...
Howmanyofushavethoughtaboutgivingitallupandstartingafreshasaworkerintheworldofwhisky?RichardJonesspeakstosomepeoplewhohavedonejustthat

September 2004, Issue 42, page 36

PerfectingthegiftofMcNab
PatrickMcCabe'sdisturbedprotagonistMcNabfirstappearedinTheButcherBoy;JeffersonChaseseeshowhe'sgrown

September 2004, Issue 42, page 39

Beams'dream
Amonggreatbourbonfamiliesitdoesn'tgetmuchbiggerthanthenameBeam.AndasCharlesK.Cowderyreports,anothergenerationisconsideringitsoptions

September 2004, Issue 42, page 40

FullofEasternpromise
Ournewfoodandwhiskyserieswilllookatrestaurantsandchefswhocookwithwhiskyorserveitasanaccompanimenttofood.Thisissue,ChristineManfield(above)andEast@West,London

September 2004, Issue 42, page 44

TomesofZurich
Switzerlandmightnotseemanobviousplacetofindagoodwhiskybar,buttheWidderBarisjustthat.JeffersonChasereports

September 2004, Issue 42, page 46

AnewmeaningforPyramidselling
Fakewhiskybottlesappearinmostmarketsoftheworld.ButasErkinTouzmohamedovreports,therearesomebizarreonesinEgypt

September 2004, Issue 42, page 48

Peakpractice
AdrianandAlisonMurrayarecombiningbusinessandpleasurebysellingwhiskytotouristsinEngland'sPeakDistrict.DominicRoskrowreports

September 2004, Issue 42, page 55

Staringdownabarrel
IanWisniewskilooksattheroleofthecooperandassesseswhatfuturetheprofessionhas

September 2004, Issue 42, page 56

Agardener'sworld(HilaryLamont-Linkwood)
Inanewserieslookingatdifferentdistillerycareers,RichardJonestalkstoHilaryLamont–distillerygardeneratLinkwood

September 2004, Issue 42, page 67

Here'stogrumpyoldmen...
Thismonth'sguestwriterismarketanalystTomStinson

September 2004, Issue 42, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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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