Chinese New Year?
As we enter 2006, China and the environment are going to be key issues for the world of whisky
November 2005, Issue 52, page 5
A memorable moment with the Minister
A kiss is just a kiss. Or does it count as sexual harassment?
November 2005, Issue 52, page 11
Whiskey town weirdness
Louisville,home of bourbon,is under threat from the globalisers. Its quirkiness needs defending
November 2005, Issue 52, page 12
Whisky Live across the globe
Hosted for the second time in the magnificent Palais Brongniart, the old Stock Exchange, Paris Whisky Live welcomed 60 distilleries from all other the world including the newcomers from India, Wales a...
November 2005, Issue 52, page 15
Special finishing school
Whisky Magazine and The Glenlivet hosted a readers' round table in London. In the first half we asked about wood finishes and innovations
November 2005, Issue 52, page 16
Fast cars and wild whiskey
Once upon a time,moonshine was big business,and the American South played out a daily game of cat and mouse as fast cars raced for the border. Jim Leggett goes in search of an American institution
November 2005, Issue 52, page 18
Small but perfectly formed (Oban)
Oban is a wonderful but compact distillery in a picturesque port town. Ian Buxton visited it
November 2005, Issue 52, page 24
Time to raise its game (Glen Moray)
Glen Moray is Glenmorangie's third distillery and is somewhat forgotten,lying as it does in the shadow of Tain's finest and the wonderful Ardbeg.But is it underrated? The mystery visitor had a look…
November 2005, Issue 52, page 30
Praise where praise is Dew
Tullamore Dew is reasserting its Irishness and it's paying dividends. Dominic Roskrow reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 32
Jack meets, shoots, and leaves
Jack and Jean Oswald have turned their passion in to a hobby and business. Dominic Roskrow reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 34
A tasteful way to understand whisky
Pip Hills explains how his Scotch Whisky Directory can help you improve your tasting skills
November 2005, Issue 52, page 36
Full steam ahead in Kentucky
The times they are a-changing in Kentucky as the bourbon producers enjoy a renewed interest in their products. Dominic Roskrow reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 40
Dinner down under
Whisky and food is a new concept in Australia,but trendy Sydney restaurant China Doll was prepared to give it a go. Naren Young went along
November 2005, Issue 52, page 44
The Truman snow
Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory recalls a fond seasonal ritual. Jefferson Chase reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 47
The missing link
The recent Pernod Ricard-Allied deal reunited two great whisky names. But they were linked once before by whisky entrepreneur Jimmy Barclay. Iain Russell reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 48
The Hot Toddy
Ian Wisniewski on a very old classic
November 2005, Issue 52, page 50
Who's a pretty ploy then?
The Pattison brothers could have taught media guru Max Clifford a thing or two about promotion.They even used parrots to promote their whisky. Ian Buxton reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 52
Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail
November 2005, Issue 52, page 55
America - the stave
Ian Wisniewski looks at how the bourbon barrel influences the taste of whisky
November 2005, Issue 52, page 64
The forgotten blend
Tynron is a sleepy Scottish town and it once had its own whisky. Dave McFadzean goes in search of this unusual blend
November 2005, Issue 52, page 67
Celtique Connexion Vin de Paille du Jura Wood Finish 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A rich and comforting character. Complex but not complicated. To warm you up on a dull evening. Play Beethoven Symphony N°7 (second movement) and you'll be in heaven.
Royal Mile Whiskies Bowmore 1999, Young Peaty Islay
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50% 8 Bring on the kippers.
Auchentoshan 17 Years Old, Bordeaux Wine
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 The wine finish brings in sweetness and fruitiness but without masking the delicate grassiness and lightness of the Lowland style. A real cracker, perfect for a wake up call.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lots of flavour but restrained and well balanced. Very confident. If there is a Speyside style, surely this is it.
Bruichladdich Second Edition 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I seem to have fallen into a breakfast reverie. This would be best with a Japanese breakfast.
Celtique Connexion 1993 Monbazillac Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Quite a strong character. Uncompromising warmth. Good balanced. You need to like it hot to enjoy the dram.
Celtique Connexion Cadillac Wood Finish 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A whispering dram. Nothing wrong with that. You've just got to tune in to its delicacy. The character is full and complex. Dangerously enticing especially with a dash of water.
Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90% 8 Not as elegant and complex as some in this flight, but the breakfast it evoked was hearty and delicious.
Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 8 A deft, attractive, dram.
Rare Malts Glendullan 1978 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50% 8 In the crush bar at the opera?
The Dalmore 1991, Madeira Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 The wine smoothes but it is not there yet. Too young? Not enough finishing? It should have gone back to sleep.
Benromach 21 Years Old, Old Tokaji Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Rather unbalanced. The nose is far more promising than the palate. What's the point of the finish?
Chieftain's Choice Auchroisk Medoc
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A port finish? Rather brutal and overwhelming. Was the distillery character so bland?
Glenmorangie Cote d'or Burgundy Wood Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A beautifully balanced Highlander. Serious, reliable, pleasantly displaying a good array of flavours. Maybe the wine cask has imparted more intensity.
James MacArthur The Glenrothes 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 7 Sophisticated flavours in a delicate structure. Like elaborate petits-fours.
Rare Malts Glen Mhor 1976 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 7 A straight-ahead, fruity, creamy, Speysider.
The Dalmore 1973, Cabernet Sauvignon Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.00% 7 A charming old lady with her pockets full of candies. Who can resist?
The Wee Dram Craigellachie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Metallic flavour seems dominant, and the rest doesn't hold together.
The Wee Dram Rosebank 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Once a vamp. Now a trouper. She is a little astringent, but I am blind to her faults. I could fall for her all over again.
Tullibardine 1993, Marsala Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A lovely dram. Fresh, natural, cheery. The perfect companion for a cheese party. Preferably undiluted.
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