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
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
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
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
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
Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Cute as a button.
Glengoyne 32 Years Old, Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 Complex, old, not perfect, but good darned fun!
Auchentoshan 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A fruity rumble in the hay. Oo arr missus.
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.
Dun Bheagan Lowland 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A pretty face with muddy feet.
Gordon & MacPhail St Magdalene 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Typically lowland, with a nice progression of sensation: sweet, malty then zingy.
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.
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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