In this issue - American idols - The legends behind the great brands - The Highlands - The Sma' Still - Speyside history - Sir Iain Noble - Cooley - Silent Stills Tasting - Gotemba - Johnnie Walker Blue
Published July 2006
Daleks, dogs, drink
Rampaging huntsmen,under-achieving daleks,lots of whisky.Whatever's going on, asks Dominic Roskrow
July 2006, Issue 57, page 5
Come, fly with me
In Old Manhattan,Michael Jackson,and cousin Tessa,too…have fun with books,and booze
July 2006, Issue 57, page 11
In the midnight hours
Dave enjoys a spot of midsummer madness in Orkney
July 2006, Issue 57, page 12
The state of Japan
For this issue's round table we hand over to Dave Broom, who recently hosted a live debate in Japan with representatives of three leading companies. This is his summary of that event
July 2006, Issue 57, page 16
The name game
The names of many American whiskey pioneers are still with us today on the labels they started. Charles K. Cowdery here looks at the men behind the labels and on pages 24 and 25 considers how other br...
July 2006, Issue 57, page 18
Most single malts are named after their distilleries, which in turn are mostly place names. Most blended Scotches are named after the merchants who created them although a few, such as Cutty Sark (a s...
July 2006, Issue 57, page 24
Pick and mix
Hayseed Dixie mix heavy metal with bluegrass music to novel effect.And as his name implies,the band's frontman Barleycorn Scotch enjoys a whisk(e)y too.Rob Allanson joined him for a tipple
July 2006, Issue 57, page 26
A Noble view point (Sir Iain Noble)
In the first of a new series in which we talk to leading business figures, Richard Woodard talks to Sir Iain Noble
July 2006, Issue 57, page 28
In the shadow of Mount Fuji (Gotemba)
Gotemba Distillery enjoys special status in Japan. Dave Broom visited it
July 2006, Issue 57, page 32
Man in search of the wrong-eyed Jesus
Jim White goes to some pretty out there places,both in his mind and in the American Deep South. Lew Guthrie III walks the line between good and evil
July 2006, Issue 57, page 35
A Highland affair
Caroline Dewar takes a stroll through whisky's heartland
July 2006, Issue 57, page 37
The Ardbeg candelight dinner is becoming an institution. Martine Nouet, who is at the event's core, reports on this year's event
July 2006, Issue 57, page 42
Driven round the bend
The Last American Hero is an affectionate, whimsical and admiring snapshot of an independent American South. Jefferson Chase reports
July 2006, Issue 57, page 45
Whisky writing's finest moment
Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald is being republished. But who was the writer shielded behind the author's pseudonym? Ian Buxton solves the mystery
July 2006, Issue 57, page 46
Return of the Mac
This issue Ian Wisniewski turns his attention to the simplest of cocktails,the Whisky Mac
July 2006, Issue 57, page 48
Blue is the colour
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a thoroughbred whisky but does it live up to the hype? Ian Buxton got close and personal
July 2006, Issue 57, page 50
Irish guys still smiling
Ireland's only independent distillery has had a rollercoaster time since it was established at the end of the '80s. Now it's time to deliver,its chairman tells Dominic Roskrow
July 2006, Issue 57, page 52
Dublin's Celtic Whiskey Shop is driving an interest in Irish whiskeys but Scotch is benefiting too. Iorweth Griffiths reports
July 2006, Issue 57, page 54
The best of blends
Joe Bates on the Regency Duty Free, Auckland,New Zealand
July 2006, Issue 57, page 55
Still crazy after all these years
The small illegal stills of Speyside have been romanticised time and time again. But what was distilling really like way back when? Jim Cryle of Chivas Brothers decided to find out, and Dave Broom jo...
July 2006, Issue 57, page 56
Mark of distinction
The Harris Whisky Company is the latest company to bring quality whisky to the English market. Dominic Roskrow reports
July 2006, Issue 57, page 59
The Pilgrim Fathers who left the area for North America via Holland may or may have approved, but the East Midlands is now home to a thriving whisky shop. Richard Jones reports
July 2006, Issue 57, page 61
Is it a bear or a bull?
John Rose with another selection of outstanding collectible bottles
July 2006, Issue 57, page 62
It all comes out in the wash
Every part of the distillation process is crucial to making good whisky. Ian Wisniewski explains
July 2006, Issue 57, page 64
Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.
Cadenhead's Dumbarton (Inverleven Stills) 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 A great delicacy but the strength needs to be put down by a good dash of water. But it is not enough to cut all the edges off.
Cadenhead's Millburn 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 8 Not a great aromatic display. A cardboardy touch on the palate. Water soothes alcohol a little while underlining the unidimensional aniseed/minty profile.
Clan Denny Lochside 1963, Great Single Grain
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.20% 8 A liquid pudding! Rich and old.
Douglas Laing Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 For the end of the evening. Of considerable complexity and will require several attempts before it's cracked. Not for everyone.
Douglas Laing Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Forget your herbal tea. Go for this fantastic Islay potion!
Duncan Taylor Inverleven 26 Years Old, Cask 1873
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10% 8 An interesting character. Much sweeter on the palate than expected from the nose. Water brings out an unpleasant cardboardy touch.
Longmorn 31 Years Old Bottle for the Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.80% 8 An extremely complex – and for me, pleasant – nose is matched by a dense and demanding palate.
Michael Collins Blend
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Visually, a very attractive whisky – rich amber and gloriously viscous. If my suspicions are correct, an earlier expression of this whisky reminded me of a Peshwari Nan. Must be shared and discussed...
Brechin 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.30% 7 A warm character, just a little too assertive when it comes to oak but so uplifting.
Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 7 Dour at first then opening up in a delightful way. Take your time to get acquainted with this fellow and you'll like it.
Convalmore 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 7 Interesting, not very well balanced but enjoyable on a cold frosty morning (or after having vacuum cleaned !).
Cooper's Choice Inchgower 1980, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Mature. Complex. A little woody for sure, but plenty of pleasant things going on elsewhere in this contemplative dram.
Dewar Rattray The Macallan 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30% 7 Puts me in mind of an aged Tequila, with a big splash of lime.
Douglas Laing Rosebank 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A straightforward refreshing dram. To be sipped on a summer afternoon. I would easily drop one or two ice cubes in my glass.
Duncan Taylor Caperdonich 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.90% 7 A well knitted dram. On the fruit side. More complex than it appears. Oak is well integrated. A pity such a treasure is lost!
Duncan Taylor Glen Grant 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.40% 7 A reticent nose is completely eclipsed by a huge but uncomplicated palate. Benefits greatly from water.
Gordon & MacPhail Glenugie 1968, 43 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 Oak is not as prevailing on the nose as on the palate. An exotic profile. Reminds me of Irish whiskey. Interesting richness. Avoid water.
Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1990, 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 The nose is appealing but the palate far tougher. Water eases the release of grassy notes. But the aromatic profile keeps shallow.
Harris Whisky Benrinnes 13 Years Old, Cask 7014
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90% 7 This youngster has some hidden depths. Promising.
James MacArthur Allt-a-Bhainne 1995 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 6 Quite harsh and burning. Alcohol is not tamed at all.
McGibbon's Port Ellen 23 Years Old, Provenance
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Reminded me of old Calvados. Oak tends to overwhelm fruit but a wee dash of water tones it down. Very unpeated for a Port Ellen!
MWBH Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 7 A refreshing young whisky that would make a great aperitif when neat, or mixed in a classic Manhattan.
Old Ballantruan The Peated Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A number of surprising, and perhaps contradictory, characteristics that actually come together quite nicely in the end.
Port Ellen 1979, 25 Years Old, 5th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 A very good balance between nose and palate. An island character with a pleasant earthy background.
Rarest of the Rare Mosstowie 1975 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 7 Tempting nose, the palate is somewhat tougher. A good example of classic bourbon maturation. Pleasant.
Single Malts of Scotland Rosebank 14 Years Old, Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A surprising character. A light aromatic profile with a heavy mouthfeel. A touch of water keeps the balance right.
The Balvenie 17 Years Old, New Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Attractive in the glass, with a pleasant nose, rich in dessert notes, but is let down by a slight astringency in the palate.
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