Going round the blend
Judging by the conversations I've been having at Whisky Live London and New York the ‘blended malts' debate is going to run and run. In this issue the Scotch Whisky Association has replied to my ed...
April 2005, Issue 47, page 5
Teach our children to drink
In California, Michael Jackson takes a stand
April 2005, Issue 47, page 11
The chips are down for whisky
Dave Broom considers the case for clear, characterless, grappa-like whisky...
April 2005, Issue 47, page 12
The whisky forum
Whether you are bemused, confused, excited or delighted, share your views and opinions with other Whisky Magazine readers.
April 2005, Issue 47, page 14
Glasgow whisky event will be Live in the heart of the city
Whisky Live Glasgow will be held for the second time on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September, 2005. And this year's event will not only be more ambitious than last year, but will embrace other aspe...
April 2005, Issue 47, page 15
What's wrong with vat?
Inevitably this issue's debate looks at labelling and the use of the words ‘blended malts'
April 2005, Issue 47, page 18
Worth a visit?
It's hard to believe that just a few years ago public access to a distillery was rare. Now many offer tours or tastings and they're becoming increasingly sophisticated. Dominic Roskrow reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 20
Desperately seeking Spey what
The Speyside Festival starts April 28th. To mark the event Michael Jackson visits the region and considers its boundaries
April 2005, Issue 47, page 24
On Islay every day's a festival
The Islay festival starts on May 27th. We decided to host a pre-festival dinner on the island and invited all the distilleries. Dominic Roskrow reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 30
Living for the weekend
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning is a grainy reflection of working class life as it used to be in the British Midlands. Jefferson Chase looks at the role alcohol plays in this classic
April 2005, Issue 47, page 33
Room for a few more
Elsewhere in this issue we've looked at four distilleries a couple of years after they were given a new lease of life. Here Ian Buxton updates in tow new faces
April 2005, Issue 47, page 34
Matches made in heaven
Gillian Bell of Caledonian Connoisseur is pioneering whisky and food pairings with our very own Dave Broom. Dominic Roskrow spoke to her
April 2005, Issue 47, page 38
Scotland's own Marie Celeste (Dallas Dhu)
Dallas Dhu is a distillery musuem. But does it have any soul left? The Mystery Visitor went to the eerily deserted site
April 2005, Issue 47, page 42
Abalance of quality and price
Inverallan Scotch Malt Whisky is using the Internet to promote whisky and Scottish water across the world. Eluned Price reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 44
Liqueurs challenge the old order
Not all liqueurs are over sweet and unpalatable. And some should even justify a place in your drinking repertoire. Ian Buxton reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 48
Is it the real thing?
Whisky and cola? Ian Wisniewski takes us in to unchartered waters
April 2005, Issue 47, page 51
Up on Forty Creek, the whisky sends me
Charles K Cowdery explores a Canadian distillery that can lay claim to making a true small batch bourbon – and a quality one, too
April 2005, Issue 47, page 52
Ian Wisniewski looks at whether the trend for organic proucts has a place in the world of malt whisky
April 2005, Issue 47, page 64
Chieftain's Choice Glen Scotia 1974 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.20% 8 What a lovely nectar. Great fruit and cream combination.
Glen Moray 1962, Ed Dodson's Last Manager's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 As appealing and intriguing as a cupboard full of granny's jams for a young pilferer (I was one!). You just can't resist!
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Seems to hesitate between sweetness and dryness. Give it time to open, you will not regret it.
Berry's Own Selection Lochside 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Well balanced, fresh and pleasant. The finish lacks some depth maybe. But that does not take the pleasure away.
Glendronach 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 To be enjoyed like a glass of port. Bring walnuts and blue cheese.
Aberlour Warehouse No.1
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 7 Quite simple and light. But pleasantly refreshing. For a summer evening aperitif.
Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 A well matured and well balanced malt. The sherry notes tend to muzzle the distillery character. An iron hand in a velvet glove!
Berry's Own Selection Glencadam 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A dram for a sweet tooth. Nearly sugary. Unbalanced.
Dewar Rattray Benrinnes 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 7 Nose and palate are a bit agressive with a lingering sourness which is disturbing. A prickly character. Water smooths the flavours over but this is not enough.
Dewar Rattray Craigellachie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 8 A model of balance and elegance. A first class Speysider.
Douglas Laing Caol Ila 1979 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 An attractive character. Phenolic but with much more.
Douglas Laing The Macallan 16 Years Old, Burgundy Finish, The Vintage House
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 A real finesse, some thinness too. But Twiggy was a popular model in her time, wasn't she?
Duncan Taylor Glen Keith 1971 33 Years Old, Cask 8066
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80% 7 An old fellow on the edge of declining but with attractive sweet richness. No water, please!
Duncan Taylor Strathisla 37 Years Old, Cask 1332
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60% 7 More complexity on the nose than on the palate. A pleasant whisky though. But quite disappointing for a Strathisla of that age.
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 A bold character. Rich, sherry-armoured. Dangerously palatable even without water.
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Mhor 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A hearty fellow, warming and expressive. A hip flask dram for a wet day.
Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90% 7 A dash of water is perfect. Skip the pudding and enjoy your dram with a shortbread.
Provenance Braeval 1996, 8 Years Old, Sherry finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 More attractive on the nose than on the palate. Water spreads it thin.
Scapa 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Good integration of wood and malt. A very decent dram.
The Whisky Exchange Glenfarclas 1974 30 Years Old, Bottle for the Whisky Exchange
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.50% 7 A lot of elegance and distinction but as if it has lost health. Surprisingly enough, waters boosts it.
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