A world of difference
Of all the events that this job involves, the Best of the Best tasting is among my favourites.
January 2005, Issue 45, page 5
When the ears met the nose
Michael Jackson continues the saga of his appointment with Prince Charles
January 2005, Issue 45, page 11
Never turn your back on a friend
Is the globalisation of drinks causing a rejection of regionalised products?
January 2005, Issue 45, page 12
View from the other side
For this debate we ask a group of non whisky industry people for their view on the subject
January 2005, Issue 45, page 20
Seeking inspiration from a dram
Whisky has long helped provide the inspiration for some artists. Glenfiddich even provides a home for artists each year. Robin Laing looks at the connection.
January 2005, Issue 45, page 22
A gem in the eye of a storm (Cardhu)
Say the word ‘Cardhu' and it stirs up images of underhand dealings. But the distillery intrinsically linked to last year's scandal is charming and impressive, and its staff outstanding. Ian Buxton r...
January 2005, Issue 45, page 30
Back with a vengeance
Tullibardine shut its doors in the 1990s. Now, as part of a retail complex, it is back. Charles MacLean went to the triumphant reopening
January 2005, Issue 45, page 34
Whisky on the Web
New technology is being adopted by whisky companies. Richard Jones goes surfing
January 2005, Issue 45, page 38
Liquor, lawlessness, and loose, loose ladies
Jefferson Chase gets in to frontier territory with hard-boiled crime writer James Crumley
January 2005, Issue 45, page 41
Square deal for whisky
Albannach is an exciting new Scottish restaurant in the very heart of London. Dominic Roskrow reports
January 2005, Issue 45, page 42
Speyside opens up
The Cluny Bank Hotel is working within the community of Forres to give whisky fans the perfect Scottish break. Dominic Roskrow stayed there
January 2005, Issue 45, page 44
All a matter of taste
Pip Hills has compiled a directory comparing the taste profile of some leading malts and blends – and has reached some startling conclusions. Here he explains
January 2005, Issue 45, page 46
Stepping into Heaven
Louisville's Heaven Hill have taken visitor centres in to a new dimension. Charles K. Cowdery went to the opening
January 2005, Issue 45, page 52
A drink not to mess with
In the first of a new series on great whisky cocktails, Ian Wisniewski looks at The Manhattan
January 2005, Issue 45, page 54
Waste not, want not (Bob Pass - Diageo)
In the latest in his series Richard Jones talks to Bob Pass marketing and technical manager, animal feeds for Diageo
January 2005, Issue 45, page 55
Young at heart
It's a fallacy to state that the older the whisky, the better it is. Young malts can have their own attractions. Ian Wisniewski reports
January 2005, Issue 45, page 56
You asked for it....
‘Ritchie Blackmore' steps up to the mark at the last minute and gives his view of the world
January 2005, Issue 45, page 74
Talisker 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 Loch Harport on a winter's day, gale force eight! Less peppery than younger versions. Complex, endearing, balanced. 18 seems a perfect age for malts.
The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Complex. Entrancing.
Glenmorangie 1995 Artisan Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 This is a substantially richer style of Glenmorangie, but not overwhelmingly sweet. The balancing spices and herbs are all present and correct.
Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 Rich and luscious. Needs a dash of water to cut spirit harshness. The marine influence is overwhelmed by wood but in a charming way.
Douglas Laing Rosebank 1974 20 Years Old, The Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 7 Who needs afternoon tea?
Duncan Taylor Caperdonich 1969 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.00% 7 Quite engaging, but just past its best.
Glen Moray 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Not quite as complex as the previous 16 Years Old, but delicious.
Glen Moray Classic
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Seems rather neutral at first, but develops engaging subtleties.
Glenglassaugh 1976, Dormant Distillery Co.
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.40% 7 A distinctive malt, but now slightly past its best.
Isle of Jura 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A very restorative and comforting dram.
Isle of Jura 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The perfect dram to sip on Valentine's night but I am not sure I would spare some for my sweetheart. I wish it had been bottled at a higher strength though.
Isle of Jura Legacy, 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Not as enticing as the older versions. Lacks depth but it has nothing to do with youth. Water kills it down.
Isle of Jura Superstition
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 The nose is lively but the palate is put to sleep by sweetness.
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00% 6 Nothing to cheer up tastebuds. Water saves the nose but does not help palate. A pale image of Ledaig.
Ledaig 7 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00% 7 Quite an unusual profile. A comforting malt to enjoy while camping in the wilderness.
Ledaig Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00% 7 Quite a rich and complex malt. Needs a long aeration to release it all.
Longrow 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Far more interesting than the 10 Years Old versions. It has the freshness and vibrancy of a crisp cold and rainy morning.
Oban 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Classic, gentle and pleasing. A consensual malt. Good match with salmon and light seafood dishes.
Oban 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 8 The nose is very distinguished and floaty. The palate is a bit too assertive because of the high strength. Requires oxygenation and water.
Old Pogue 9 Years Old, Master's Select
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.50% 7 The body is well rounded, but the flavours less so.
Springbank 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The nose is lighter and more subtle than the palate. A dash of water tones down the flavours. Disappointing.
Talisker 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 7 Less peppery than in my memory. As if the spicy outburst on mid palate has been tamed. A bit harsh too. Seems to have lost its volcanic temper.
The Arran Malt Marsala Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 8 Not much connection between nose and palate. But the surprise is pleasant. A beautiful wake-up malt on rainy days.
The Arran Malt Non Chill Filtered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 More a summery malt than a warmer-up. Pleasant but not captivating. Mid-palate is a bit weak.
The Arran Malt The Arran Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A subtle yet characterful malt. Sweetness is teased up by dry spices. Beautiful structure. The proof that you can be young and accomplished.
Three Ships 10 Years Old
Single Malt - South Africa - 43.00% 7 Some odd esters on the nose, but a nicely festive whisky.
Tobermory 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Classic bourbon cask profile. Perfumy like Eau de cologne. Well balanced. Nuttier with water but it takes the freshness off.
Tomintoul 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Slightly more grainy and less fruity than I remember.
Tomintoul 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Normally thought of as a light malt but this is a rich, viscous expression.
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