A China crisis?
Dominic Roskrow considers what the long term effects of an increased demand for whisky might be
March 2006, Issue 54, page 5
On the Queen's yacht,Michael Jackson is back in Leith and heading for Islay
March 2006, Issue 54, page 11
A world all of its own
Whisky Live Tokyo has just taken place.Dave Broom tries to make sense of it all
March 2006, Issue 54, page 12
All up for grabs?
Are premium bourbons better positioned to snap up new drinkers, or can Scotch and American whiskey both flourish side by side?
March 2006, Issue 54, page 16
The best year yet
This year's Icons of Whisky were the toughest yet. Drawing up the shortlists was a nightmare.And the voting in nearly all categories was painfully close. Dominic Roskrowreports
March 2006, Issue 54, page 18
It may be ‘compact, cosy and bijou' , but The Lincoln Whisky Shop is now packed to bursting with unusual and exciting whiskies. Richard Jones reports
March 2006, Issue 54, page 26
Ask the expert
In a new series John Roseanswers some of your most commonly asked questions
March 2006, Issue 54, page 29
A forgotten gem (Deanston)
Deanston is the least-known of Perthshire's six remaining distilleries. Ian Buxton visited it
March 2006, Issue 54, page 30
A troubled troubadour
Ryan Adams has produced a huge volume of great music. Lew Guthrie III casts his eye over it, particularly last year's Jacksonville City Nights
March 2006, Issue 54, page 35
Our Mystery Visitor thinks he has been unmasked so he's taking a break. Here he recalls some of the stranger moments from distillery tours
March 2006, Issue 54, page 36
In the latest in our series on visiting distilleries Caroline Dewar looks at Islay and Jura
March 2006, Issue 54, page 38
Anot so auld
Did our Mystery Visitor really call Speyside a catering desert? Martine Nouet reports on a restaurant
March 2006, Issue 54, page 42
Jefferson Chase on an extreme independent novel that rode in through the back door
March 2006, Issue 54, page 45
A reluctant whisky hero? (Bill Smith Grant)
Bill Smith Grant wasn't meant to inherit The Glenlivet. But as Iain Russell reports, his bold business decisions once he did revolutionised the whisky and made it famous
March 2006, Issue 54, page 46
Don't go against the grain
Despite views to the contrary,grain whisky can be pretty sensational - and great value for money.
March 2006, Issue 54, page 50
Elements of success
Glengorm Castle is becoming a remote whisky paradise. Rob Allanson visited it
March 2006, Issue 54, page 54
Dubai's whisky paradise
Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail
March 2006, Issue 54, page 55
Are we running out
Probably not, says Charles Cowdery, but supplies are as tight as they have been in many years
March 2006, Issue 54, page 56
Ian Wisniewski on the nearest thing Scotland has to a national cocktail
March 2006, Issue 54, page 59
Australia's best kept secret? (Fidel's)
Fidel's in Melbourne is giving Australia's finest city a taste of true luxury – but don't tell anybody. Naren Young reports
March 2006, Issue 54, page 60
All in the mix
Ian Wisniewski explains how oxidation affects maturation
March 2006, Issue 54, page 64
Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 9 An enticing expression of old age. Forever young! With elegance and style.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old, Special Release 2005
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Old, intense and busting for an olifactory fight. Complex and grizzly, like Clint Eastwood in The Unforgiven.
BenRiach Authenticus Peated Single Malt 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Another region-buster and a good one too.
Dewar Rattray Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 52.10% 8 Shy at first but cheering up on cake aromas. A liquid pudding.
Douglas Laing Caol Ila 1979 26 Years Old, The Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 8 Should have been taken out of the cask a few years back. Easy to say now of course.
Glenmorangie Truffle Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50% 8 A superb fruity expression, with a summery aromatic profile. Water makes it even more sensuous. Definitely morish.
Queen of the Moorlands Caol Ila 10 Years Old, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Very good, but better without water. Is Caol Ila the most consistent distillery ever? So many indies, so few duff drams.
Single Malts of Scotland Balblair 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.80% 8 Old and complex but keeping fit. A rich character, to be enjoyed right now.
Talisker 25 Years Old, Special Release 2005
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 7 Excellent, although I was slightly put off by the fishiness. I think all fish are stinking, slimey creatures however, so I am admittedly biased.
Adelphi Clynelish 1995, Cask 12783
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 8 Quite a character. Water mellows the spicy burn. Would match well with a chicken “à la crème”.
Adelphi Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 47.10% 7 A rich grain whisky on the fruity side. Interesting.
BenRiach Bottled for Craigellachie Hotel 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 8 Very enjoyable and marked up for balance and poised integration.
Bunnahabhain 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 I couldn't get past that taste of overfried bacon. This is a great malt distillery, and one of my favourites, so I am a little disappointed.
Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A bold spirit, tempered by well-timed maturation. A little flat to be truly great.
Dewar Rattray Balblair 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.90% 7 The strength is a bit aggressive. And oak is not well-integrated. Tastes like a too young fellow.
Dewar Rattray Bruichladdich 1993 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 7 Complex, subtle and interesting, but not a dram to stay at home for. Go out, have fun!
Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1984 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 Very pretty and summery. A good antidote if you feel you might be turning into a phenol-guzzling loony.
Glengoyne 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 7 Lacks elegance and complexity. Oak dominates, with a bitter grip. Water does not help.
Glengoyne 37 Years Old, Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60% 8 Sweet, filling, rich and satisfying. An impressive afterdinner drop.
Gordon & MacPhail Ardmore 1990, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 7 A hidden complexity on the palate. A malt to give you a tender kick on “one of those days, you know…”
Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 1990 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 7 So sherry… Dark Oloroso wipes out all maltiness. Unbalanced but sherry fanatics will love it.
Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Pleasant but undramatic. I was a little disappointed to find out it was Highland Park… surely we can do better than this?
Highland Park 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 7 A touch astringent for my tastes, but respectable. Ambassador, surely you should be really spoiling us?
Kirin 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Pretty, light in body, with the smoky/savoury element providing interest.
Mackmyra Preludium 01
Single Malt - Sweden - 55.60% 7 Lowland-like, extremely pretty and characterful. Good by any standard, excellent given its youth. Welcome to the gang Mackmyra!
Signatory Edradour Burgundy Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 6 Not to my taste. Only useful as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat.
Single Malts of Scotland Clynelish 1972, Cask 15619
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90% 7 Good, mature but still lively.
Single Malts of Scotland Linkwood 1993, Sherry Butt, Cask 3517
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 7 Big cask character, with spirit style just poking through. The spirit seemed at odds with the cask perhaps.
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 6 Didn't do enough. A badly named whisky if you ask me… I've met wilder Scotsmen at a Morningside tea party.
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