The best deal possible
Glenmorangie House lies some seven or eight miles from the distillery, and driving up to it on a dark and windy night is like driving back in time. We arrive late, and already guests are coming down...
November 2004, Issue 44, page 5
Prince of the road
Michael Jackson crosses paths with HRH Charles
November 2004, Issue 44, page 11
Cape of great hope
A writer in every port or a port in every writer? Davie Broom visits Cape Town
November 2004, Issue 44, page 12
A distillery well off the beaten track (Tomatin)
Our mystery visitor made the long trek to Tomatin and found a distillery not geared up for the tourist or casual visitor
November 2004, Issue 44, page 17
That was the year that was
This month's round table looks back at the past year and looks forward to the year ahead
November 2004, Issue 44, page 20
Celtic Cousins - Reviving part of Welsh culture
The Welsh Whisky Company is in business and impressing whisky experts with its product. Charles MacLean visited it
November 2004, Issue 44, page 22
Celtic Cousins - A bit of Cornish spirit
The Celtic fringe of Britain has a long tradition for some of the world's finest whiskies. Ireland and Scotland have refined their creations over centuries, so why has it taken so long for Cornwall to...
November 2004, Issue 44, page 24
Celtic Cousins - Made in Bretagne
Martine Nouet looks at the whisky industry in Northern France – and plots its Celtic roots
November 2004, Issue 44, page 26
Bardstown remembers Booker
This year's Kentucky Bourbon Festival was the first since the legendary Booker Noe passed away. But as Dominic Roskrowreports, he was remembered in the best possible way – with a whiskey
November 2004, Issue 44, page 28
Distiller making a spirit of the air (Balblair)
Ian Buxton visits Balblair
November 2004, Issue 44, page 30
A cure for hiccups
Robin Laing takes a gentle stroll with his friend through Speyside
November 2004, Issue 44, page 34
Smoking out the spirit of Islay
Andrew Jefford's Peat Smoke and Spirit is the best whisky book published this year. In this extract, he writes about trhe constitution of peat itself
November 2004, Issue 44, page 36
Making all the right moves
As ways of making drinking a cerebral pastime, whisky chess takes some beating. Alex Kraaijeveld explains how it works
November 2004, Issue 44, page 40
Amber gets the green light
Amber is the new restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, and unsurprisingly whisky features high on its agenda. Martine Nouet visited it
November 2004, Issue 44, page 44
A stranger back to the future
Time's Arrow is a lifetime journey in reverse. And of course,anything so perverse is food and drink to Jefferson Chase
November 2004, Issue 44, page 47
Whiskey works in the windy city
Chicago has its fair share of whiskey bars. Scott Longmantakes a tour
November 2004, Issue 44, page 48
Feet firmly on the ground (Mary O'Shea - Heathrow)
In the latest in his series, Richard Jones talks to Mary O'Shea, who is a whisky consultant at Heathrow Airport
November 2004, Issue 44, page 55
Are regional labels a dodgy area?
How important is regionalism to the character of whisky, and can broad generalisations be made? Ian Wisniewski considers
November 2004, Issue 44, page 56
Thirst for knowledge
Guest writer Andrew Jefford smokes out the truth on the issue of peat in whisky
November 2004, Issue 44, page 74
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Gold Signature
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 This jewel is bursting with life and joie de vivre, like a bright aromatic rainbow. Want a wee refill?
Compass Box The Peat Monster
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A monster? As compared to earlier creations from the same house, but don't expect mass hysteria on Park Avenue.
Duncan Taylor Glen Garioch 1988, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 Very sweet but the classic heather honey is balanced by the gently peaty, smoky dryness that has vanished from most Highland malts.
Douglas Laing Bowmore 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Bowmore is a great malt. Let's see more of it in straightforward ages.
Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Antique shop aromas. Oak and fruit locked in a sensual embrace.
Whyte & Mackay Special Reserve, 21 Years Old, Sherry Wood Finish
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Well-balanced and luscious. Keeps talking if you let it breathe. A blend of distinction.
Bailie Nicol Jarvie 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A pleasant drink with an interesting freshness. Leaves a burning sensation with a spirity feel back in the throat though. No reason to get excited.
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 An old-fashioned whisky for an old-fashioned winter's evening. Wins points for being cuddly rather than complex.
Black Bottle 10 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 An uncompromising Islay blend. Washes along sea fragrances. But reveals a sweet nature on the palate. Grain and malt are well married. A good cure for Islay-sickness.
Compass Box Asyla
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A refreshing dram. Straightforward, clean. No complexity but it does not boast sophistication. Simplicity and natural are also great qualities.
Compass Box Orangerie
Whisky Liqueur - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It is not a whisky, so it cannot be scored as one. In character, I would regard it as an aperitif liqueur, rather than an-after dinner drink. In a category of its own, it secures a high score.
Cutty Sark Imperial Kingdom
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A smooth and caressing blend. Full of charm. The balance is superb. Gives a sense of comfort and relief.
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Quite ordinary. Surprisingly firey for the strength. Lacks delicacy.
Duncan Taylor Invergordon 1965 38 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 50.10% 7 Such a long ageing has made the bourbon wood very dominating. The crisp, cleansing, hint of pine in the distillery bottling better suited a single grain.
Famous Grouse Finest
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A beautifully mingled aromatic palette. But this whisky would have delivered more character if bottled at a higher strength.
Glen Moray 1986 Commemorative Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.40% 7 Robust. Complex. After dinner.
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Calder
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 On the sweet side, although the finish brings out a more assertive note. A good winter warmer.
Isle of Skye 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Nose and palate seem to be flattened by excess of sickly sweetness.
Langs Select 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A light, refreshing and aromatic blend. To be enjoyed with light food such as seafood salad or trifle. No water please.
Matisse 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Quite a complex blend but it takes time to deliver. Well-balanced. Again it would have displayed more at a higher strength.
Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 17 Years Old, Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Confident. Slightly austere.
Old Masters Bladnoch 1992 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 7 Quite assertive for Bladnoch. Not keen on the papery character. Quality of wood?
Pendleton 10 Years Old
Blended - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 Very drinkable, but does it have sufficient complexity to retain the drinker's interest?
The Arran Malt Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 7 Rather cloying.
Whyte & Mackay 15 Years Old, Premium Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Oak is better expressed on the palate than on the nose. Will please sweet tooth. Very drinkable but lacks the distinction of the older expressions.
Whyte & Mackay 18 Years Old, Founders Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A well balanced dram. Rather shy and restrained at start but with time and a drop of water, becomes more attractive.
Whyte & Mackay 30 Years Old, Rare Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Heavier than the 21 Years Old due to its sweetness. But harmonious and elegant.
William Grant's 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Quite an assertive blend. The nose delivers to the palate but it tastes older than 15 years.
William Grant's 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The nose lets us expect some exotic promises. Did too much dilution blow all that galore off? Disappointing.
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