Fight back now!
Are whisky drinkers getting the sort of service standards they – and the product – deserves? Not according to Dominic Roskrow they're not.And enough's enough
October 2005, Issue 51, page 5
Elegy for the ‘Easy'
The death of New Orleans has been exaggerated
October 2005, Issue 51, page 11
Spicing up the industry
Compass Box's new product is a cracker. But will it upset the traditionalists?
October 2005, Issue 51, page 12
How do the Scots like their whisky? They love it LIVE
The water of life flowed freely at this year's Whisky Live show in Glasgow, with thousands of dram hunters making the pilgrimage to the event held in the main square of Scotland's biggest city. With ...
October 2005, Issue 51, page 15
Are they coming to get us?
Smokers are facing ever increasing restrictions.Will the alcoholic drink sector be next?
October 2005, Issue 51, page 16
Fuelling affairs of the state
Whisky has often served as a lubricant driving the cogs of diplomacy and politics. But as Chris Hill reports,it has also been a hinderance as well as a help
October 2005, Issue 51, page 18
A matter of art in a glass
What makes a great blend,and why do the biggest brands command such loyalty? Ian Buxton reports
October 2005, Issue 51, page 22
Still hot for Teacher's
Teacher's is celebrating its 175th birthday with a new owner. And the brand's still bullish
October 2005, Issue 51, page 27
Carving out a niche (Karuizawa)
Karuizawa is one of Japan's smaller and lesser known distilleries.But as Dave Broom found out, it's producing some fine and unusual whisky
October 2005, Issue 51, page 32
Ian Wisniewski on the most refreshing of all whisky cocktails
October 2005, Issue 51, page 35
Liquid thunder, storm in a glass
Talisker is an icon malt and it's celebrating its 175th anniversary. Dave Broom takes a walk on its wildside.
October 2005, Issue 51, page 36
In need of good loving (Glen Grant)
Our mystery visitor discovers a melancholy garden at Glen Grant
October 2005, Issue 51, page 40
Arran flying like an eagle
The Isle of Arran Distillery is 10 years old. Dominic Roskrow joined the celebrations
October 2005, Issue 51, page 42
Licensed to still
They fought the law,and they won. Dominic Roskrow visits Drumchork Lodge
October 2005, Issue 51, page 43
Pascal Barbot is a young award-winning chef in Paris who wasn't too familiar with whisky before Glenfiddich challenged him.Martine Nouet reports
October 2005, Issue 51, page 44
How black can black be? Blacker...
This issue Jefferson Chase on Terence Blacker's bleak novel 'Kill your Darlings'
October 2005, Issue 51, page 47
From Bardstown to Brooklyn
Charles Cowdrey reports on a one-woman crusadeto bring Kentucky's finest in to the Big Apple
October 2005, Issue 51, page 48
Malice in the mix
A book on the great Glasgow whisky scandal of 1872 is set to be republished.According to Ian Buxton,it makes essential reading
October 2005, Issue 51, page 52
Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail
October 2005, Issue 51, page 55
Mixing the grain with the grape
Ian Wisniewski looks at wine finishes
October 2005, Issue 51, page 64
Elmer T. Lee
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A superbly balanced giant. More on the sweet side than the spicy one. Should marry so well with my pecan pie! Avoid water.
The Wee Dram Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I like this young man: he's showered and shaved, suited and booted, and off for a night on the town.
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50% 8 A complex, rich and interesting character. Water cuts the edges and adds creaminess. A real delight.
Cooper's Choice Caol Ila 1992, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Incredibly appetising. Perhaps a touch more acidity somewhere would balance the sweetness.
Dewar Rattray Invergordon 40 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.10% 8 A strange, huge, dark and dense whisky. Try with Pecan pie or scallops seared in burnt butter. Surely a nod to the Ozarks?
Old Fitzgerald Very Special
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Surprising. Seems subdued at first, then shines through when oxygenated.
Pappy Van Winkle 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 A big guy. On a frosty Christmas Eve maybe, waiting for Santa Claus by the fireplace. No risk of falling asleep with this fellow!
Basil Hayden's 8 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 Has an aromatic profile close to a rye whiskey. Quite charming. Too bad it has been emasculated by an excessive dilution. A handsome eunuch?
Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A teasing early freshness is the overture to a richer, modestly structured, conclusion.
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.40% 7 An enticing nose but quite a rough palate. Water does not seem to tame the firewater much as it enhances spices. And don't say it is too virile for a female palate. It is NOT that!
Cadenhead's Classic Range, Highland
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 How nice this would be with one of those tasteful desserts that involves a ‘sugar nest' and some fresh fruit.
Chieftain's Choice Banff 1978, Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Too burnt and dry. Not for everyone. Reminds me of a particular espresso and grappa, standing outside the Arsenale, on a winter's morning.
Elijah Craig 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00% 7 Oak (and age) has lessened the creaminess and sweetness of the spirit. Would probably tune in with a cigar, but too oaky for me.
Evan Williams Black
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00% 7 Reminiscent of an old calvados at first. Palate is less creamy than the nose. For those who like it spicy. Water tames spices a little though.
George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 65.90% 6 Where is the pleasure? Even with water, one feels the burn, which covers the flavours. I am no masochist, thank you.
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach 22 Years Old, Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Should the pink tangerine blush of this whisky hint at Bacchus? He may have glanced at the cask, but I can't find him in the glass.
Jon, Mark and Robbo's The Smooth Sweeter One
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A curious whisky. Not sure where it's coming from, or going to.
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 A pleasant balance between oaky and creamy notes. The finish is surprisingly long for the alcoholic strength. The mid palate is a bit watery.
Old Islay Single Malt Bunnahabhain 33 Years Old selected by Royal Mile Whiskies
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.50% 7 Caramel and creamy notes dominate this whisky, which could be boring were it not for the intriguing hints or ripe fruit and Calvados.
Queen of the Moorlands 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Has nothing to be ashamed of, but could do with more action at the front end.
W.L. Weller 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 The nose delivers more than the palate. Once more, oak overwhelms fruit and bitterly dries the finish.
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