In this issue - The Blenders Art - Kentucky Bourbon Festival - First look at reopened Scapa - Whiskey rebellion - The price of malts - 40 whiskies reviewed - Milling Malts - American Ads - Glenrothes Dinners
Published October 2006
It ‘s a big world out there,new Editor Rob Allanson ponders the view
October 2006, Issue 59, page 5
The elephant parade
Michael Jackson on recurring dreams of the circus coming to town
October 2006, Issue 59, page 11
Footprints of history
Dave takes us on a walk through the Glasgow of his childhood
October 2006, Issue 59, page 12
The price is right?
In this issue we ask some of the industry's luminaries to discuss the sensitive issue of pricing and effect on the public's perception of whisky.
October 2006, Issue 59, page 14
The perfect marriage
Blending is about combining ingredients that stand the test of time,Rob Allanson finds out more
October 2006, Issue 59, page 17
The best of blends
Is a passion for blends on the rise? Ian Wisniewski looks at what is being done to promote blended Scotch.
October 2006, Issue 59, page 21
Late night tunes and soulful drams
What makes great whisky music? Our new music brain Rocky McCabe ponders the issue and recommends a Mercury prize nominee
October 2006, Issue 59, page 25
The Orcadian phoenix
The Scapa Distillery is producing spirit regularly again after a two year renovation programme. Dominic Roskrow reports
October 2006, Issue 59, page 26
Ian Buxton looks at turbulent times during whiskey's history
October 2006, Issue 59, page 31
Out of the ordinary
Dave Broom gives us his guide to staying ,eating,drinking and visiting in Japan
October 2006, Issue 59, page 34
Two of the greatest shows on earth.We provide an overview ofWhisky Live in Glasgow and Paris.
October 2006, Issue 59, page 41
Scotching the myth
The concept of whisky and food has come a long way in recent years. Dominic Roskrow charts its progress
October 2006, Issue 59, page 44
The curiosity of travel
Jefferson Chase on the drinking culture in Georgia
October 2006, Issue 59, page 47
Back in business
After 200 years,George Washington's distillery has been restored to its former glory, Charles K. Cowdery looks at the history and takes us behind the scenes
October 2006, Issue 59, page 48
Whisky with water
Sounds simple enough,but there is more going on as Ian Wisniewski finds out
October 2006, Issue 59, page 50
Whisky musician Robin Laing experiences the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for the first time and finds a home from home.
October 2006, Issue 59, page 51
A free sofa with every case
The dignified advertisements you see in this publication belie the rough and tumble past of American whiskey promotion. Charles K.Cowdery reports
October 2006, Issue 59, page 52
P&O Ferries still offer dram fine savings at sea
Joe Bates sets sail in search of a bargain
October 2006, Issue 59, page 55
Grist to themill
Ian Wisniewski gets to grips with an often overlooked yet vitally important stage of the production process – milling
October 2006, Issue 59, page 56
Ian Buxton gets his taste buds tickled with the latest releases
October 2006, Issue 59, page 59
As easy as A,B,C
New to whisky? Then this new series goes back to basics. Dominic Roskrow explains
October 2006, Issue 59, page 74
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.40% 9 What a start! A truly magnificent dram and for me miles ahead of the competition.
Dewar Rattray Bowmore 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 A beautiful Islay malt in a sherry refill dressing. Rich aromatic development, great combination of strength and sweetness.
Dewar Rattray The Macallan 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 8 A beautifully combined aromatic display with a caressing texture. Delicious.
Glenfiddich 1973 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 8 Beautifully calm and seamless after the rugged attack of the Laphroaig.
Berry's Own Selection Aberlour 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Kicking up your heels as well as soothing. To be sipped far from the city buzz.
Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20% 7 A sunny malt. Quite sharp and spirity but a pleasant aromatic freshness. Could be a thirst quenching for some. Water does not cut all edges.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Very elegant and balanced on the nose. Oak tends to show off but the dram keeps its charm though.
Berry's Own Selection Imperial 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A classic malty malt. Good balance, interesting dry spiciness. Well structured, hexagonal like Bach music. For those who don't like the unexpected. I don't mean boring though.
Dewar Rattray Auchentoshan 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 7 A well-balanced dram, as malty as fruity with a luscious toffee tempting character.
Dewar Rattray Bowmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 7 The nose is more interesting than the palate. A full bodied character which has flirted a bit too long with wood. Might suit cigar palates.
Dewar Rattray Teaninich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80% 7 The high strength makes it difficult to tame even with water. Some like it hot. But my palate waves a white flag.
Douglas Laing Bladnoch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Not a very exciting whisky. Too edgy. Not delivering much on the palate. And lacking finesse. A bland cask?
Douglas Laing Linkwood 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A classic malty beast. Well balanced. A winter warmer to enjoy with nuts and crispy nibbles.
Douglas Laing St Magadalene 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Interesting but a sweet note too far maybe but the finish gets a grip on itself and leaves a clean minty freshness. Recommended for sweet tooth.
Feis Isle 2006 Laphroaig 94
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 The reserved nose is compensated by a lively, palate. Laphroaig is bang on form.
Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 That malt could easily be thrown in a calvados blind tasting, with aged oaky individuals.
Harris Whisky No Ordinary 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10% 6 A wake up call dram for those who like action on the tongue. A classic bourbon maturation which outlines a buoyant character.
Harris Whisky Tamdhu 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 7 More interesting without water. But then, alcohol prevails. The nose is appealing.
Hazelburn 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Good impact for a ‘light' whisky. Highly recommended.
Old Masters Glen Garioch 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 8 A rich aromatic profile and a soft texture give that whisky a sensuous feel. The perfect afterdinner dram to enjoy a moment of calm and of solitude maybe…
Provenance Lochnagar 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 That guy hides a tender heart under a reserved manner. Give it time and a dash of fresh water. Definitely an outdoor dram.
Rittenhouse Rye 21 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 50.00% 7 Rye is a love or hate thing. I happen to love it. I usually prefer my ryes young, this works.
Signatory Glen Garioch 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 The cask was too tired to give roundness to that elegantly grassy malt. Alcohol needs to be tamed by water but still…
Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A perfectly pleasant dram, but lacking the finesse and complexity of the best on show here.
Springbank Marsala, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 8 These strange combinations make me think of an unconventionally beautiful model like Erin O'Connor.
The Glenrothes 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A teasing mix of aromas and flavours.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 It was all going so well...
Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Best neat.
Whisky Fair Clynelish 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60% 8 A muscular yet elegant old malt. Brisk and complex. Alcohol is somewhat insistent.
Whisky Fair Glen Scotia 'Heavily peated'
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.70% 7 This is just too odd.
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