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Whisky Magazine Issue 53

Whisky Magazine Issue 53

Whisky Magazine Issue 53

In this issue - On the roll - How malt made social gambling cool - Visiting Speyside - Isle of Jura - Auchentoshan - George Washington - Russia's whisky elite - Lowland malts tasted

Published January 2006

Image is everything
When you think of poker, what is the dominant image before you? I ask because when we were discussing the cover story, one of the team talked of smoke-filled rooms, male only events where the players...

January 2006, Issue 53, page 5

Bottling the Holy Ghost
What happens when you have a Mass at the mash-tun?

January 2006, Issue 53, page 11

Why Glenfiddich stands for a load of tripe
South Africa provided Dave Broom with a whisky magic triple whammy

January 2006, Issue 53, page 12

A slice of paradise
We recently asked for nominations for our ‘great whisky bars of the world' award. On the opposite page is the list of the first recipients. Here Damian Riley Smith reports on one of the best

January 2006, Issue 53, page 14

Great whisky bars of the world
A couple of issues ago we launched a new scheme to honour the world's best whisky bars. Here are the first recipients – congratulations to them all

January 2006, Issue 53, page 15

Tomorrow's world
We recently teamed up with The Glenlivet for a readers' evening to discuss the world of whisky. We asked them about the future

January 2006, Issue 53, page 16

A big hand for gambling nights
Social poker nights both at home or at style bars and clubs have been the fad trend of 2005 – and whisky has been the drink of choice. Rob Allanson reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 18

Worth rediscovering (Jura)
Jura makes no economic sense. But when it comes to putting quality before profit it stands like a beacon. Ian Buxton made the long journey

January 2006, Issue 53, page 24

Recreating history
What happens to United States Presidents after they leave office? The first one made whiskey. Charles K. Cowdery reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 28

How Low can you go? (Auchentoshan)
The mystery visitor turns his sights on iconic Lowland malt Auchentoshan. Surely he won't savage that, too?

January 2006, Issue 53, page 30

Spey Pride
The Speyside region is getting its act together and making life easier for the visitor. Here Dominic Roskrow reports on its changing face. And on page 34 we provide the complete visitors' guide to the...

January 2006, Issue 53, page 32

The visitors' guide to... Speyside
In each issue of Whisky Magazine this year we will look at a whisky region from a tourist's point of view. First up, Speyside

January 2006, Issue 53, page 34

The beautiful South?
Lew Guthrie III on Southern Rock Opera by Drive-By Truckers – an epic concept album on the life and times of Lynyrd Skynyrd

January 2006, Issue 53, page 37

Russians seek out a taste of luxury
A new elite in Russia is demanding the world's very best products, quality single malt among them. Marcin Miller reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 38

Heather, honey and whisky's future
Jamie Forbes is Albannach's young, gifted and enthusiastic bar manager, and he's bringing malt whisky to a younger audience. Rob Allanson spoke to him

January 2006, Issue 53, page 42

There's something about Mary
If you visit Islay you have to try the cooking of Mary McKecknie and the outstanding visitor centre at Ardbeg Distillery. Richard Jones reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 44

A cut (or two) above the rest
After reading this disturbing Scotland-based offering from Christopher Brookmyre you'll never look at school reunions the same way again says Jefferson Chase.

January 2006, Issue 53, page 47

The crazy world of James Grant
With Glen Grant up for sale it's timely to look at the man behind the distillery. Iain Russell reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 48

Irish Coffee
Ian Wisniewski on a winter favourite

January 2006, Issue 53, page 50

Working in harmony
The new Whisky Exchange shop at London's Vinopolis is part of a new project that shows how grape and the grain can make a harmonious blend. Kate Ennis reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 52

A true touch of glass
Glencairn Crystal is playing a major role in promoting dedicated whisky glasses. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, there is more to the company than that

January 2006, Issue 53, page 54

Whisky's coming home
Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail

January 2006, Issue 53, page 55

No Spain no Grain
In the last issue we looked in depth at bourbon casks. Here Ian Wisniewski considers how sherry ones perform

January 2006, Issue 53, page 58

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Cute as a button.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glengoyne 32 Years Old, Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70%
8 Complex, old, not perfect, but good darned fun!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Auchentoshan 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A fruity rumble in the hay. Oo arr missus.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Auchentoshan Three Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Lowlands just as aperitifs? Pah! A well constructed malt with varied wood flavour, although the prevalence of sherry flavours makes it atypical of the region.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Dun Bheagan Lowland 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A pretty face with muddy feet.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail St Magdalene 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Typically lowland, with a nice progression of sensation: sweet, malty then zingy.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

W.L. Weller
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.95%
8 Remarkably drinkable at full strength, which is just as well as I didn't enjoy it as much once diluted. Impressive: but you must like 'em woody.

Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Lots of American Oak, and a super clean character. Nowt wrong, but not quite enough right.

Berry's Best Lowland 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A fine dram to start off a tasting, but not enough interest to engage you the whole night long.

Berry's Own Selection Bladnoch 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 So subtle it's barely there, but an intriguing mystery.

Bruichladdich 'Islands' Third Edition, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Surely a finish, but I couldn't quite place the influence, despite it having the malt in a half-nelson. Curious, but I liked it.

Cadenhead's Classic Range, Islay
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 You can see why the Germans get so obsessed with this stuff. A peaty happy-slap.

Carme
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Put off slightly by a fatty edge, but otherwise a balanced and satisfying malt.

Dewar Rattray Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 51.30%
7 A pretty bundle of US oak, slathered in silky creaminess. Impossible not to like.

Glenkinchie 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Very much in its regional style, but lacks finesse or genuine interest.

John McDougall's Bladnoch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80%
7 Distinctive and fascinating sourness: a complex, tangy old tart.

Littlemill 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Marked down for that cabbagey character – right back to school dinners.

MacLeods 8 Years Old Lowland
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A pleasing balance of spirit and wood, but lacked complexity. Young spirit in active oak?

Old Masters Bladnoch 1992 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
6 I know, I know – it's a Lowland! Still, I want a little more from a whisky. Full stop.

Rare Malts Linkwood 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
7 I couldn't decide if this lacked a little, or was just subtle. Pleasing enough, aging with prettiness, but didn't do enough for me.

Signatory Straight from the Cask Edradour 11 Years Old, Madeira Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60%
7 Bags of cask character, and fine if you find finishes fun.

Single Malts of Scotland Ardmore 1994 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80%
7 Speyside you say, eh? A real region buster, and I loved that sootiness.

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Youthful, but without the lip-smacking class of the older vintages.

Wild Turkey Single Barrel 101 Proof
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50%
7 Good dram, lacked the greatness you'd hope for with such age.

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