From the Editor
It is always instructive to place matters in their historial perspective, and this is as true for whisky as for other matters. The whisky trade has always been good at reinventing or forgetting its ...
August 1999, Issue 5, page 5
Whisky is for sniffing, drinking and dabbing your ears, Michael Jackson explains, Calvin Klein would understand.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 7
An illusion of quality
Even Jim Murray can be fooled into thinking a whisky is better than it is
August 1999, Issue 5, page 8
Trainspotting (Palace on Wheels)
India's luxury train the Palace on Wheels, has a bar that's open all day, every day, and whiskies that bill themselves as 'Horsepower for real men.' Kevin Pilley had a ticket to ride.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 10
The several lives of Tobermory
Tobermory distillery has made whisky for only 14 of the last 69 years- and its incarnations have included a blend and a vatted malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne mulls over it.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 24
The gentle art of mixing
Jonathon Goodall investigates whisky cocktails and finds a way of using up these unwanted dregs of single malt.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 32
Is this a tortilla chip I see before me?
Brian Hennigan reports groundbreaking research into one of the vital questions of life.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 35
The elements of style part 3
Part three maturation In the third and final part of his series on what influences the flavour of malt whisky, Professor Alan Ruthrford turns his attention to the ageing process.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 36
The go between
Angela Muir MW goes in search of those most elusive of creatures, whisky brokers, and finds them constantly slipping fron her grasp
August 1999, Issue 5, page 40
We sent chef Christian Delteil some whisky, and he invented some recipes for us. That took all of 20 minutes. Coooking them, says Margaret Rand, toook only slightly longer
August 1999, Issue 5, page 44
The start of a habit
Does Ardbeg go best with a Bolivar? And what might happen if youbegan a corona gigantes before dinner? Chris Orr provides a whisky lovers' guide to a good smoke
August 1999, Issue 5, page 52
The refashioning of history
Charles Maclean examines the curious story of Clan Campbell and its acquired pedigree
August 1999, Issue 5, page 56
Men behaving well (Jack and Wallace Milroy)
Joanna Simon meets Jack and Wallace Milroy, single malt whisky pioneers, and finds them refusing ot live up to their reputations
August 1999, Issue 5, page 60
Killing two birds with one stone.
How do you support rugby and introduce two million Chinese to the phrase 'Famous Grouse' at the same time? Richard Bath explains.
August 1999, Issue 5, page 64
Sugar and spice and all things nice
In the final part of his nosing course, Charles Maclean suggests that classifying malts by region has little meaning classification by flavour is more useful: but how on earth do you do it?
August 1999, Issue 5, page 66
Glenweevil an everyday story of distilling folk 5
The story so far: Kevin accidentally stole a lorryload of Glenweenvil, and had to hide it at the distillery. The stolen whisky was passed off by Ruth as a newly-discovered stash of pre-war Glenweevil....
August 1999, Issue 5, page 82
Highland Park 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 If I smoked I would have a cigar with this one.
Highland Park 1977 Bicentenary Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 After that voluptuous dinner.
Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 9 Bring on the caeser salad.
Talisker 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 Always a classic, though I still miss the 8 Years Old.
Highland Park 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A beautifully balance classic islander.
Highland Park 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 9 Have this one with dessert.
Murray McDavid Highland Park 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Very good indeed as a lightish, delicate, interpretation of Highland Park.
Scapa 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Scapa can seem a delicate whisky, but it is full of flavours, and deserves its growing following.
Talisker 1986, The Distiller's Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 7 Not for Talisker purists, but a highly distinctive interplay of whisky and sherry.
Blackadder Old Man Of Hoy Single Orcadian Scotch Malt Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 7 Weak in the middle. Lacks roundness.
Gordon & MacPhail Scapa 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A complex, delicate, well-balanced vintage.
Isle of Jura 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A lovely aperitif.
Old Malt Cask Highland Park 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Utterly delicious, but the sherry masks the peat and salt.
Rare Malts Glen Ord 1974, 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80% 8 Far paler and less sherried than the main version from this distillery. I would like at least some sherry to round the gingery spiciness, but I like the way that rose character comes through in this o...
Rare Malts Glenury Royal 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 8 An elegant middleweight after the oak-fisted heavyweight 23 Years Old in the same series.
Rare Malts North Port 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 6 Some malts are deservedly rare, but full marks to United for at least giving us the chance to taste them.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Brimstone & Treacle
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7
The Arran Malt 4 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A lovely whisky for one so young. What will it be like at two or three times this age?
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A surprising degree of continuity from the earlier vatted Tobermory, though this version has more individuality.
Wild Turkey 8 Years Old, 101
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00% 8 Yes it is big and wild, but far more sophisticated than the name suggests.
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