Getting a taste for it
Whisper it quietly, but right across the planet a low-key revolution is taking place. Wherever I travel – Havana, New York, London, and er, Cromer, whisky enthusiasts are meeting to share, taste and...
June 2005, Issue 48, page 5
The fire next time
Michael Jackson on the campaign trail
June 2005, Issue 48, page 11
A Brecht of stale air
Dave Broomon the worrying trend towards ruthless discounting
June 2005, Issue 48, page 12
The whisky of Oz
Whisky enthusiasts and industry representatives are gathering in Sydney this August for the second National Malt Whisky Convention. As interest in single malts within Australia continues to grow, this...
June 2005, Issue 48, page 15
Whisky Live made its New York City debut
Whisky Magazine is hailing its first American show as an overwhelming success and organisers are already turning their attentions to next year as the industry hailed Whisky Live New York as a total tr...
June 2005, Issue 48, page 15
The walk of life
A team from Whisky Magazine completed nearly 50 miles of the Speyside Way to raise money for Make Poverty History. Dominic Roskrow reports
June 2005, Issue 48, page 16
All in the mix
Some whisky enthusiasts are naturally suspicious of whisky cocktails. But do they provide a platform from which to attract new whisky recruits?
June 2005, Issue 48, page 18
Go Johnnie go (Johnnie Wallker)
Johnnie Wallker is 200 years old. Ian Buxton looks at the history of a whisky icon
June 2005, Issue 48, page 20
Proud to stand alone? (Bruichladdich)
Bruichladdich reopened some four years ago and has been trail-blazing ever since. Ian Buxton visited it
June 2005, Issue 48, page 24
Walk on the wild side (Highland Park)
Producing whisky in the middle of the North Sea is one long struggle but the results make it worthwhile. Dominic Roskrow visited Highland Park
June 2005, Issue 48, page 28
Kid's stuff, or the stuff of dreams? (Aberfeldy)
In our visitor centre round up we weren't altogether complimentary about Aberfeldy. Our Mystery Visitor takes issue with that view
June 2005, Issue 48, page 32
Hung, drawn... and quartered?
Allied is rolling out its quarter cask range after the success of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Dave Broom was given a sneak preview
June 2005, Issue 48, page 34
Success comes from running a tight Chip
The Ubiquitous Chip is celebrating 30 years at its current location and throughout whisky has been key to its success. Dominic Roskrow visited
June 2005, Issue 48, page 38
Out at the frontier
In Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx' view of cowboys is unconventional and controversial. Jefferson Chase reports
June 2005, Issue 48, page 41
Causing a stir
The second annual Cocktail Challenge took place at Whisky Live in London. Dominic Roskrow reports
June 2005, Issue 48, page 42
Whisky on the move
Joe Bates on what to look for when in transit
June 2005, Issue 48, page 45
Spirits in the air
A few issues back we looked at the best whisky company websites. Here Richard Jones hunts down other whisky information sites
June 2005, Issue 48, page 46
David Gardener of Nickolls and Perks in Stourbridge has big plans for whisky. Richard Jones reports
June 2005, Issue 48, page 49
Throw another drink on the barby
Each year Jack Daniel's holds a World Championship Barbecue and all sorts of enthusiasts attend. Peter Krass went along
June 2005, Issue 48, page 52
Hailed by its fans as the first cocktail, the sazerac courted controversy because of one ingredient -absinthe. Ian Wisniewski looks at its history
June 2005, Issue 48, page 54
Promise, you're a miracle
Only a couple of distilleries use Golden Promise, but they swear by it. Ian Wisniewski explains why
June 2005, Issue 48, page 64
Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 9 A pure beauty. Absolutely beaming on nose and palate. The best a sherry cask can offer.
Douglas Laing Ardbeg 1992 12 Years Old, Rum Finish, Park Avenue Liquors
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 With smoked salmon and a squeeze of lemon.
Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A delicious afterdinner malt.
Glenmorangie 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.30% 8 Sherry wood is undoubtedly invasive but yet, here's a complex one. To be softened by chocolate pralines or almond biscuits.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A malt to make peace with the whole world. Soothing, graceful, satisfying.
Glenmorangie Burr Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 A malt disguised in rum! Very surprising but not less exciting for that.
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Forget about the first nose and enjoy that luscious exotic profile. But no water, thank you.
Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A great combination of complexity and simplicity. A liquid fruit basket. Yummy.
The Dalmore 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 An assertive character, with a pleasant crisp feel on the palate. The dram to take on long forest walk. Invigorating.
The Dalmore 30 Years Old, Gonzalez Bypass
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00% 8 A beautiful and complex nose, palate starts right then the elegant spiciness.
The Whisky Exchange Highland Park 36 Years Old, Cask 10252
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.70% 8 Enough tannic bite to suggest considerable age, but a remarkably youthful freshness.
Balblair 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 An attractive character. Too much sweetness on the palate though.
Berry's Own Selection Teaninich 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Not a heavyweight nor a sophisticated lad. But a perfect companion for a plate of smokies or a fruit salad.
Cadenhead's Dalmore 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 Quite a light character for a Highland malt. Water helps but still a bit rough. Even on a frosty morning!
Chieftain's Choice Brora 1981, 23 Years Old, Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Rich flavours. A chestnut-coloured whisky for people who like very grown-up sweetmeats: Marron glacé, for example. Unlikely to be enjoyed by anyone younger than the whisky.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A lovely dram. Well balanced. Water cuts the edges off. Peaceful.
Dun Bheagan Convalmore 1975 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Ascetic. Complex. Cosmopolitan.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A well-balanced dram. Nothing lacking, nothing too much. Just pleasant.
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 7 A pretty, refreshing malt. The high strength is more noticeable on the nose than on the palate. But it does need water.
Gordon & MacPhail Balblair 1966
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The nose is rich and harmonious. The palate not so lavish, somewhat dulled by wood dominating. It would have shown better at a higher strength.
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1951
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00% 6 After dinner. Or with a re-run of Inspector Morse.
Matisse 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Enjoyable. More-ish. Perfect for lacunae in a busy schedule. Those leather sofa moments in hotel lobbies. Sip it while munching cocktail snacks.
Old Masters Glentauchers 1990 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 7 Serve as an aperitif. Chilled?
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 This malt improves with oxygenation. Quite shy, it may appear insignificant at first, which it is not. Just pleasant.
The Dalmore 12 Years Old, Black Pearl
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Good balance. A fruity profile. To be enjoyed with a lemon-meringue pie or a syllabub.
The Dalmore Cigar Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Oak calls the tune but does not drown out the choir. A classic afterdinner dram.
The Glenlivet 12 Years Old First Fill Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Not much middle palate. Lacks roundness.
The Glenlivet Nadurra
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 7 Delicate to the point of reticence.
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