In this issue - Kentucky Bourbon - Glasgow Scotland's whisky city - A world of whisky tasting from across the globe - How to be nosey - Lagavulin - Heaven Hill - Cragganmore - The art of blending - Liqueurs
Published July 2005
Nothing wrong with being a cheeky Monkey
Perhaps it's because of what we British call the ‘silly season', but over the summer months I seem to get a larger than normal number of calls from national journalists wanting to write about whisky...
July 2005, Issue 49, page 5
A shot in the foot
But make sure it's genuine, warns Michael Jackson
July 2005, Issue 49, page 11
Just a normal day on Islay
Yellow submarines, talking horses – par for the course really
July 2005, Issue 49, page 12
Whisky Live Paris
September 25th and 26th 2005
July 2005, Issue 49, page 15
Saints alive – it's all change!
The Scottish Liqueur Centre is set for a new lease of life. Ian Buxton reports
July 2005, Issue 49, page 16
The name game
A spate of whiskies with strange names suggest whisky is moving forward in marketing terms. Is this a good thing? We asked a select panel of experts
July 2005, Issue 49, page 18
The birth of American whiskey
How did bourbon get established, and who were the people who perfected it? Charles Cowdrey looks back to frontier times
July 2005, Issue 49, page 20
A Phoenix from the flames
It's nearly 10 years since a major fire all but destroyed a great part of Heaven Hill. But the distillery's now thriving and going from strength to strength. Charles Cowdery reports
July 2005, Issue 49, page 25
Does the art of blending vary with the size of the operation? Richard Jones talks to John Glaser of Compass Box and John Ramsay of The Famous Grouse
July 2005, Issue 49, page 30
A distillery seeped in history (Clynelish)
Ian Buxton travels North of Inverness to the remote distillery at Clynelish
July 2005, Issue 49, page 34
Sean's Canadian hub
The Irish Heather is a whisky mecca in downtown Vancouver. Brigid James visited it
July 2005, Issue 49, page 39
City of vice and virtue
Jefferson Chase discovers the contradictions of Savannah, Georgia, in John Berendt's modern classic Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
July 2005, Issue 49, page 41
All at sea (Lagavulin)
The Mystery Visitor travels to Islay and puts Lagavulin under the spotlight
July 2005, Issue 49, page 42
High Society dining
The restaurant at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society ought to know about serving whisky with food. Just to check, Ian Buxton dined there twice in three days
July 2005, Issue 49, page 44
Let Glasgow flourish
Glasgow has a long association with whisky. Robin Laing tells its story
July 2005, Issue 49, page 48
The Byrne family has been selling whisky for generations. Richard Jones looks at the Lancashire-based business
July 2005, Issue 49, page 52
The heart of Europe
Joe Bates looks at whisky in Brussels airport
July 2005, Issue 49, page 53
The world at our feet
Modern whisky cocktails are impacting across the world. Australian drinks writer Naren Young takes a global view
July 2005, Issue 49, page 54
The Mint Julep
Still the preferred drink of fashion-setters attending the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep can be simplicity itself, or a challenge. Ian Wisniewski looks at its history
July 2005, Issue 49, page 57
Having the last laugh
Ian R Mitchell tells the story of the Macraes of Monar, illicit whisky distillers
July 2005, Issue 49, page 58
How to be nosey
Nosing is a complex and skillful business. Ian Wisniewski looks at what it takes to get to the top
July 2005, Issue 49, page 72
World of whisky
Pictures from The Whisky Fair, Limburg, Germany
July 2005, Issue 49, page 82
Penderyn Grand Slam
Single Malt - Wales - 46.00% 8 A well structured whisky. Oak frames the aromatic palette without overpowering. Quite a complex dram.
Whisky Fair Caol Ila 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 Beautifully complex.
Cooper's Choice Mortlach 1990, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Delicious, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Dun Bheagan Littlemill 21 Years Old, Sherry finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Full flavours but slightly tired. A Lowlander for Christmas? Well, perhaps for Boxing Day.
Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40% 7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.
Tullibardine 1993, Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 6 Somewhere in the mid palate, there was a momentary hint of malt whisky. I don't know how that found its way into this obscure liqueur from Heaven.
Single Malt - India - 40.00% 7 Quite an appetising nose but mid palate is faint and watery. Too quick a dilution?
Bakery Hill Classic
Single Malt - Australia - 60.00% 7 Unusual. Very tickly but water tames it and brings a fresh fruity flavours out.
Bakery Hill Peated
Single Malt - Australia - 61.00% 6 It seems to have retained all the back side of an animal farm. An attempt to replicate some long ago illicit still stuff?
Canadian Club Classic 12 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 7 Oak plays a bigger part there. Spices dry up the demerara sweetness. Nothing much to write home about though.
Canadian Club Reserve 10 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 7 A rum-like whisky. More full-bodied and richer than some of the others but still unremarkable.
Canadian Club Sherry Cask
Blended - Canada - 41.30% 6 More smooth than the previous ones. But I still can't find if it's whisky there.
Canadian Mist Original
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 7 The nose is more elegant than the palate. Water washes that whisky out.
Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.80% 7 Lusty, voluptuous. Finishes with a bang.
Gordon & MacPhail The Glenrothes 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Classic Speyside. Confident. Aristocratic.
Blended - South Africa - 43.00% 7 A good development, even if astringence shows up at times.
Highland Park Single Cask Bottle for Park Avenue Liquors 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 8 Very satisfying flavours.
James MacArthur Bladnoch 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Gentle to the point of reticence. Aperitif. Or try it with Morrocan food.
Blended - South Africa - 43.00% 7 A fruity character. Well-balanced.
Milford 10 Years Old
Single Malt - New Zealand - 43.00% 7 A good combination of fruit and oak. Wood is well integrated. Quite a moreish dram.
Milford 15 Years Old
Single Malt - New Zealand - 43.00% 7 Like a sweet chariot. Puddings on display...Keeps fresh and lively.
Penderyn Peated Limited Edition
Single Malt - Wales - 50.00% 7 A thin but palatable smoky whisky. Tells more on the palate than on the nose. For a rainy afternoon with blue cheese and toasted bread.
Private Collection Clynelish 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 A hint of sulphur in the nose had me dismissing this whisky. It seemed young, immature, callow – but we finishing up flirting.
The Arran Malt Bordeaux Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 7 Oddly distinctive. Curiously sweet and savoury.
Three Ships 5 Years Old
Blended - South Africa - 43.00% 7 A decent dram, a little heavy on the palate though. You need to like oaky aftertaste to fully appreciate it.
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