In this issue - Independent Bottlers Challenge - Setting up your own distillery - World of the whisky ambassador - Royal Lochnagar - Guide to Ireland - Goat Fell - Distillery Ghosts - Canadian Blends
Published August 2006
Here's to a bright whisky future
Dominic Roskrowis leaving the building. Here he says goodbye after four years as Editor
August 2006, Issue 58, page 5
A question of choice
Michael Jacksonponders the age old question of what's your favourite
August 2006, Issue 58, page 11
There to be broken
Dave finds a high flying attitude to malt whisky at altitude
August 2006, Issue 58, page 12
Looking to the future
In this issue we look at how other spirits have far more flexibility to experiment and are therefore able to reinvent themselves to appeal to new drinkers,and ask is this damaging the future of whisky...
August 2006, Issue 58, page 16
Whisky ambassadors travel the world promoting whisky. The ideal job? Martine Nouet went to find out
August 2006, Issue 58, page 24
Beware bargain barrels
Just when you thought you'd heard the end of whisky investment scams, Ian Buxton says the true story will be in the drinking
August 2006, Issue 58, page 27
There are numerous financial risks involved in establishing a new malt whisky distillery. But how do you make sure the whisky you produce is any good? Richard Jones reports
August 2006, Issue 58, page 28
On her Majesty's service (Royal Lochnagar)
Royal Lochnagar is an iconic distillery that ticks all the whisky lovers' boxes. Ian Buxton visited it
August 2006, Issue 58, page 32
On his last day as Editor of Whisky Magazine,we sat Dominic Roskrow with a special whisky and let him speak to one of his sporting heroes, All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick
August 2006, Issue 58, page 35
A slice of heaven
Ireland doesn't have a lot of distilleries but what it has are all worth a visit. Iorwerth Griffiths reports
August 2006, Issue 58, page 37
A right pair
Is whisky really suited to food? Ontario-based writer Andrew Coppolino finds out
August 2006, Issue 58, page 42
Too much monkey business
Jefferson Chase on how drink can bring the animal out
August 2006, Issue 58, page 45
Gorilla in the Mist
Canada's blends are respected across the world,William M.Dowd found out why they're so good.
August 2006, Issue 58, page 46
Ahead by a neck
Ian Wisniewski saddles up for a challenging cocktail
August 2006, Issue 58, page 48
Ghosts in the works
Ghosts are a common feature in whisky distilleries. Robin Laing goes in search of some of the most famous onces
August 2006, Issue 58, page 50
Ask the expert
John Rose answers another selection of our readers' letters
August 2006, Issue 58, page 53
Dave Broom is writing a book on distillery-related walks. Here he confronts Goat Fell
August 2006, Issue 58, page 54
Vodka takes a back seat
Joe Bates looks at Kiev airport and brings the latest news from travel retail
August 2006, Issue 58, page 59
Foreshots and Feints
The quality of a new make spirit is crucial to making good whisky. Ian Wisniewski delves deeper into the process
August 2006, Issue 58, page 61
The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.30% 8 This oozes class and, for me, is streets ahead of everything else in this group.
Berry's Own Selection Girvan 1989
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An excellent refreshing dram. Well balanced, rich and light at the same time. Very enjoyable with chilled water.
Dewar Rattray Highland Park 24 Years Old Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 8 Decent enough, and the palate is lovely, but somehow you expect more after 24 years in the cask.
Duncan Taylor Invergordon 40 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 50.30% 8 An interesting profile. Well matured. The butyric note on the nose does not echo on the palate.
Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 8 Have this without water. Hinting at complexity.
80 Strong Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 All very light and clean and highly quaffable, but just lacks a little mid-palate depth.
Auchentoshan 18 Years Old, Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 7 An underrated malt. Check it out.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 This suggests a young spirit and lots of oak. Not balanced.
Berry's Own Selection Caol Ila 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 7 Intense and in character. A fairly simple Caol Ila but a goody.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 This is a big mean mother whose youthful charms have been lashed into submission by oak.
Bowmore 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 7 The nose is fantastic, like the fug in an old Scottish pub: coal fires, cigarette smoke, damp clothes. The perfume pulls the score down.
Cadenhead's Invergordon 12 Years Old, Whiskies of the World
Single Grain - Scotland - 65.30% 6 The sweetness on the palate can't tame the alcohol harshness. It has not benefited from the casks as its pale colour confirms.
Distillery Select Loch Lomond, Organic Single Highland Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Unusual profile for a grain whisky. More reminiscent of a calvados. Oak is too blatant. Water wipes it out.
Duncan Taylor North British 27 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 52.80% 7 The palate does not have the refreshing appeal of the nose. Water tames it but not enough to make it really palatable.
Duncan Taylor The Glenrothes 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.20% 7 Old with a certain sexy, slinky quality.
Harris Whisky Macduff 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 No great complexity and a little green.
Michael Collins Single Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 A little lacking in impact after such a big nose. Worth a look though.
Old Malt Cask Aultmore 1989, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad with this it's just amazingly bland.
Old Malt Cask Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.60% 7 Another whose palate runs counter to its nose.
Old Masters Girvan 16 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.00% 7 Unrefined wood spoils the aromatic display. It does not leave a clean feel. A rather grumpy character.
Old Masters Glen Garioch 1988, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 7 A big warming dram whose generosity of flavour comes as a relief after a couple of meanies.
The Arran Malt 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Have this before lunch and maybe chilled down.
The Balvenie Rum Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.10% 7 A disappointment after the class of the 1972.
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