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Whisky Magazine Issue 43

Whisky Magazine Issue 43

Whisky Magazine Issue 43

In this issue - The World's best blended whisky - Jim McEwans's Whisky Academy - Irish whiskey tastings - Christmas indulgences

Published October 2004

Keepitinthefamily
Aslowpointsgo,theconversationIhadwithaseniorpersonatGlenmorangieonthedaythesaleofthecompanywasannouncedisupthere.

October 2004, Issue 43, page 5

Nevermindthebarley?
MichaelJacksongoesBabbity

October 2004, Issue 43, page 11

Plentytosmileabout
BeingScottishisn'tbeingdepressed,youknow.Notallthetime,anyway

October 2004, Issue 43, page 12

Stock of French whisky event rises
The first Whisky LiveParis was held inteh old Parisian stock market - and it was a success

October 2004, Issue 43, page 15

Whiskycomeshome
WhiskyLiveGlasgowwasdifferenttoanyotherwhiskyshow

October 2004, Issue 43, page 16

It'sallintheblend
Thismonthweaskthreemasterblenderswherethesectorfitsininrespecttotherestofthewhiskymarket

October 2004, Issue 43, page 18

Smallisbeautiful
Justminiaturesdoesexactlywhatitsaysonthetin-sellsjustminiatures.

October 2004, Issue 43, page 20

Dependsontheblend
Blendedwhiskyismostoftenconsideredapoorrelationtosinglemalts.

October 2004, Issue 43, page 21

A-Zoftheworld'sbestblends
AilsaCraig Company:ADewarRattray Age:none ABV:40% Territories:NA Description:smokybuthasauniqueandunusualtastecreatedbytheharshgrainandtheoilyandinterestingmaltcontent TheAntiquary21Years Company: Ag...

October 2004, Issue 43, page 24

Bigbrandsbattleitout
ChivasandGlenmoranigesmartenuptheiractforChistmas

October 2004, Issue 43, page 30

TheultimateChristmasindulgence
Wethoughtitwouldbefuntomatchsomefavouritewhiskieswithcigars,coffeeandchocolateforaChristmastreat,sowecalledontheexperts.Thisiswhatwegot

October 2004, Issue 43, page 32

Walkinginagreatpoet'sfootsteps(Sendai)
DaveBroomtravelstotheSendaiDistillerynearTokyo

October 2004, Issue 43, page 36

APlacewheremenwillbemen
JeffersonChaseonRichardFord'sbizarrehuntingshortstory,Calling

October 2004, Issue 43, page 41

Bucketfulsoffun(Glenfiddich)
TheMysteryVisitorgetsallartisticatGlenfiddich

October 2004, Issue 43, page 42

Theproofofthewhiskypudding
It'samyththatKentuckyplusfoodmeansKFC.KelMcIntyrelooksatthechefsthatarehelpingputthestateontheculinarymap

October 2004, Issue 43, page 44

Atwhisky'scoalface
Bruichladdichisthelatestofaseriesofdistilleriestolaunchitsownwhiskyacademy.MarkFursejoinedoneofthefirstgroupstoseewhatyougetforyourmoney

October 2004, Issue 43, page 48

Taking care of business (Colin Dunn - Morrison Bowmore)
Colin Dunn is business develoment executive at Morrison Bowmore. So what does he do? Richard Jones reports

October 2004, Issue 43, page 52

The China syndrome
Shanghai is now one of the world's cutting edge cities and blended whiskies are gaining big markets. But what about malts? Graham Thompson has been peering into his dram to find out more

October 2004, Issue 43, page 54

Independentspirit
Independentbottlershavedriveninnovationintheindustry.Butwhatfuturedotheyhave? IanWisniewskiinvestigates

October 2004, Issue 43, page 72

InthepinkasMrsHfightsback
Inthelatestinourseriesofpiecesfromguestwriters,JohnHaydock–themaster–isback

October 2004, Issue 43, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Laphroaig 17 Years Old, Feis Ile 2004, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20%
8 A touch sophisticated for the likes of me. Where are those stinging iodine notes? They are in there somewhere, but beautifully balanced and rounded.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
9 This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Midleton Very Rare
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Don't know how Barry Walsh keeps this standard up year on year, the most robust MVR in ages. Bravo!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Private Collection Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 After a few of these, the rebel leader (played by Anthony Quinn) toasts freedom, and we start firing our carbines in the air.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Whisky Exchange Isle of Jura 1999, 5 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.00%
8 Why wasn't this done years ago? More please. Captivating.

Bushmills 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 After years of being overshadowed by its older wood finished cousins, this 10 Years Old is finally coming into its own.

Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Triple distilled whiskey drawn from bourbon, sherry and port wood...what a balancing act. It usually works a treat, but this time the elements are strangely out of kilter.

Bushmills 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
8 This whiskey has changed quite a bit in the last few years. It's now less subtle, more forthright, but no less delicious.

Cadenhead's Cooley, World Whiskies 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 60.00%
8 This is some bottling; great distillate matured to perfection in excellent casks. One for the Islay bore in your life.

Connemara 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
8 This is a bottling of 28 casks of the 1991 vintage, so it is particularly rare an therefore collectible. When it's gone. It's gone.

Connemara Cask Strength
Single Malt - Ireland - 60.00%
8 I just love this un-chill filtered version; it's fat, it's loud and it's fun. In this price bracket, there are very few Scottish single malts that can match it.

Grand Old Parr 18 Years Old, Classic
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Is this a vatted malt? Glendullan-plus?

Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 For the money, this is the best damn blend you will ever, ever taste.

Jameson 18 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Even after 18 years, the pot still refuses to be mastered by the wood. Very drinkable.

Jameson Original
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Not as interesting as it used to be, this brand is teetering on the brink of bland.

Locke's 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 A very enjoyable, no nonsense malt.

Magilligan 1991 Limited Edition, Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Ireland - 46.00%
7 Finishing Cooley's peated malt in a sherry wood for a year works a lot better than I imagined, and makes me wonder what an unpeated malt would taste like after a year in Jerez.

Magilligan Pure Pot Still
Single Malt - Ireland - 43.00%
7 Although it says 'pure pot still' on the label, this is a single malt, there's no unmalted barley here. At 5 or so years old this malt is still a bit green.

Old Masters Bruichladdich 1991 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70%
7 The Laddie in austere mood. Best before dinner.

The Arran Malt Port Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 Sinful. Bonus points for shamelessness.

Tomatin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 More delicate than I remember.

Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
7 This is a super little whiskey; a premium Jameson clone. And a good one too.

Tullamore Dew Heritage
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 A very decent and reserved blend that is simply overshadowed and outclassed by the 12 Years Old.

Tyrconnell
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 This malt used to be a tad young, the current bottling is older and certainly works better.

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