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Whisky Magazine Issue 50

Whisky Magazine Issue 50

Whisky Magazine Issue 50

In this issue - 50 Leading whisky quotes - 50 Top independently bottled whiskies - 50 Great drinking occasions - Aberfeldy - Bulleit bourbon - The effects of peat - Whisky and global warming.

Published September 2005

Fifty not out...
Onwards and upwards,says Dominic Roskrow,as Whisky Magazine gets a new look

September 2005, Issue 50, page 5

At heaven's gate
Michael Jackson on the importance of standing your round

September 2005, Issue 50, page 11

Missed opportunities
Dave Broom on the demise and eventual death of Allied Domecq

September 2005, Issue 50, page 12

The whisky forum
The best letter in each issue wins a bottle of Berry's Blue Hanger 25 year old. Always impeccably turned out, just like the gentleman it is named after, Berry's Blue Hanger offers soft citrus aromas i...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 14

Third WhiskyLive Festival for South Africa
South Africa's internationally aligned whisky festivals, the First National Bank Whisky Live Festivals, take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from October 26-28 and in Johannesbu...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 15

The state of independents
How good are the independent bottling companies? We decided to find out in our biggest ever tasting – more than 175 entrants in 24 categories,judged by nine judges over seven weeks. Dominic Roskrow ...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 16

The world of whisky in words
Fifty quotes from 50 issues of Whisky Magazine

September 2005, Issue 50, page 20

That perfect moment...
To celebrate our 50th issue we asked a selection of people for their best whisky drinking occasion. Here are the best 50 of them

September 2005, Issue 50, page 26

Wood finished
Innovation in whisky is alive and well in the historic market town of Leek,Staffordshire. Richard Jones reports

September 2005, Issue 50, page 33

Grossly misunderstood (Aberfeldy)
Ian Buxton goes among old friends and visits Aberfeldy

September 2005, Issue 50, page 34

Worth Czeching out Prague
Prague is known for great beer.But what about whisky? Jefferson Chase went in hunt of the perfect Czech whisky retailer

September 2005, Issue 50, page 38

After 200 years, still only the bridesmaid... (Blair Athol)
The Mystery Visitor slips into Blair Athol and discovers that a week is a long time in whisky.

September 2005, Issue 50, page 42

Fine Scottish fayre
Glasgow restaurant Arisaig is fast becoming a whisky venue of some note.Ian Buxton visited it

September 2005, Issue 50, page 44

Pure Escapism
This issue Jefferson Chase looks at Michael Chabon's comic inspired novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

September 2005, Issue 50, page 47

Global Warming
A threat to the future of Scotch?

September 2005, Issue 50, page 48

The strange case of Capone's whisky
Leon Schoyan's whisky find was every diver's dream. Jim Leggett reports on how Prohibition era Scotch found its way back home

September 2005, Issue 50, page 52

A taste of Danish
Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail

September 2005, Issue 50, page 55

American's shooting star
To paraphase an old music expression, it's climbing the drinks chart with a Bulleit.Charles Cowdery on the latest bourbon success

September 2005, Issue 50, page 56

The Whisky Sour
It's all a question of balance. Ian Wisniewski explains how a good Sour can put a smile on your face

September 2005, Issue 50, page 59

Magic in the mix
Why is it that the reverence for single malts can turn into disappointment, or disdain,when single malts are mixed together? Is this based on knowing what blending can achieve,or just unenlightened pr...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 72

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 At an ‘all you can eat' buffet in Chicago, a woman piling her plate said to me: “isn't this sinful?” This is temptation in a bottle.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Oloroso Finish, Cask 4704
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20%
8 Nothing too elaborate here. Good honest Islay whisky. Have this with breakfast and you will live forever, or feel that way.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Chivas Brothers Glenallachie 15 Years Old, Cask Strength Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00%
8 Perhaps too sweet for some malt lovers but packed with flavour. Bland it ain't.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfarclas 1955
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60%
8 The russet colour promised something more luxurious, but this whisky is not as rich as it was.

Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
4 The same phenolic profile as in very young but more disciplined and rounder.

Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
3 The less phenolic of all the Ardbeg tasted in this session. Merging with oak, phenols have developed an enticing and original bouquet.

Ardbeg Very Young
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
4 great interplay of sweet and dry flavours. More phenolic at start, smoke is more integrated than in Bowmore or Caol Ila.

Bowmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
2 Peat is integrated in oak though wood is not overwhelming. Water changes the rules, bringing peat and smoke forward.

Bowmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 More integration but a real earthy presence. Water does not make a drastic change.

Bowmore 2000 (cask sample from bourbon cask)
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
2 Peat plays the major part in the aromatic display, with an assertive sea influence.

Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 A balanced expression of peat in this version. A lot of intricate aromas in this dram.

Caol Ila 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
2 Oak seems to have “digested” peat. The smokiness is restrained on nose as well on palate but surprisingly comes back on the finish.

Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
3 Wood shows up more. Smoke is heavier and less sea-sprayed than the Bowmore.

Chivas Brothers Caperdonich 16 Years Old, Cask Strength Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
7 Promises more than it delivers. Try it with sweet Turkish coffee or espresso.

Douglas Laing Laphroaig 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
3 An unusual Laphroaig. No trace of the medicinal character. Water brings out sweet malty notes and more smoke. Why such a difference? Cask influence? Different peating level in the malt? Puzzling.

Duncan Taylor Bowmore 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.50%
1 An almost unpeated version of Bowmore? A (too) perfect integration of peat in wood? Unusual.

Glen Moray 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 So beautifully composed that it left me craving some imperfection.

Glen Moray 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50%
7 Bonus points for knowing its own mind.

Gordon & MacPhail Bowmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
1 Old age has completely integrated peat and smoke. Oak overpowers the marine character. A splash of water does not help.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
3 Surprisingly, the distillery character resists in this oldie. And peat “revisits” the aromatic palette. Integration again but no fusion.

Laphroaig 10 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70%
4 The tough guy. Medicine man? Muscular, solidly built. Dominated by camphor.

Laphroaig 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 Age acts as a melting pot. All the distinctive Laphroaig features are there but combined into oak. Interesting.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
3 Smokiness takes time to rise up. No medicinal contribution from the peat. Keeps on smoke.

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