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Whisky Magazine Issue 6

Whisky Magazine Issue 6

Whisky Magazine Issue 6

In this issue - Isaly tasting - Travels in Speyside & Kentucky - Talisker - Bourbon uncovered

Published October 1999


With this issue Whisky Magazine celebrates its first anniversary. The birthday party will be held in New York because this issue also marks our arrival in the US, the largest consumer of whisky and wh...

October 1999, Issue 6, page 5

Mordecai's Macallan
Which whisky wins the bookish prize? Self's Laphroaig, Black's Glenfiddich 18 ...or Michael Jackson's Bellow Bourbon?

October 1999, Issue 6, page 7

A little taste of heaven
Why Jim Murray is talking to the phoenix

October 1999, Issue 6, page 8

My dark mistress (Ralph Steadman)
The artist and former wild man Ralph Steadman enjoyed a 30 year old love affair with whisky. It was brilliant fun, and so good that it had to stop, he told Jane Slade

October 1999, Issue 6, page 12

The big malt of Skye (Talisker)
Powerful but elegant, Talisker is a prince among whiskies. Margaret Rand went over the sea to discover what makes the magic

October 1999, Issue 6, page 28

Toasting New York
The Big Apple has some star whisky bars as tried and tasted by Dave Broom

October 1999, Issue 6, page 34

Festive Food
Even though Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday each year, which means we do not have the luxury of a week-end immediately beforehand to prepare for it or one straight after to recover, it does not mean ...

October 1999, Issue 6, page 37

Double identity
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is riding high again with a trendy new bolt-hole in central London. Margaret Rand takes a closer look at this revival in fortunes

October 1999, Issue 6, page 38

Voyage to the Western Isles
Andrew Jefford took the slow boat around Scotland's most famous distilleries and discovered that malt whisky is the best antidote to bad weather

October 1999, Issue 6, page 42

Lessons with the cask force (Bowmore)
Making whisky is all about rolling up your sleeves and getting down among the peat as Dave Broom found out at Bowmore distillery

October 1999, Issue 6, page 46

Bourbon uncovered
Gary Regan & Mardee Haidin Regan guide us through the process of whiskey-making American-style

October 1999, Issue 6, page 54

Fit for kings
Noble qualities created Chivas Regal, the 'Chieftain's Tipple' and royals' favourite. Charles MacLean explores the history of the Chivas brand.

October 1999, Issue 6, page 60

Kentucky where the good times roll
There's nothing like a heady blend of sunshine, history and great hospitality to create a great drink, as Marcin Miller discovered

October 1999, Issue 6, page 64

The Splendour of Speyside
Nature and native cunning have nurtured the distillery industry on the banks of the Spey. Tom Bruce-Gardyne took a trip through a whisky wonderland

October 1999, Issue 6, page 68

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Ardbeg Provenance, 1974, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60%
9 Rich and creamy, with huge flavour development.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenmorangie Original
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Made when the distillery had its own maltings, and an eloquent advocate for such an arrangement.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 The driest of Islay malts, and an established classic.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 1948 Select Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Paler in colour and lighter in body, but what a palate...great Speyside whiskies once tasted like this.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Not the most muscular Ardbeg, but still robust.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg 1976, Distillery Manager's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
9 Real Ardbeg peatiness and smokiness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Black Bottle 10 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
9 A delicious, appetising, new expression of Black Bottle. As a blend, it is a star.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Darkest
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Not that dark – just tawny. Whisky in its mid teens, I would say, but from superb sherry casks.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A distinctively Laphroaig-led blend, even though that distillery and this blend are now owned by separate companies.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 1979 Distillers Edition, Pedro Ximenez Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 The wrestling match between distillery character and Pedro Ximinez finish ends, at length, in a draw.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 The most medicinal of Islay malts. I love it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Lively. Full of flavours. Multi-faceted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Murray McDavid 1987,
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Both the name and the medicinal character suggests the distillery of origin.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.

Aberlour 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Great to see this once-reticent distillery releasing some really expressive bottlings.

Adelphi Bruichladdich 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Interesting, but not typical.

Adelphi Caol Ila 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 A curiously insipid bottling.

Adelphi Port Ellen 1975, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%
8 Seems to have faded slightly with age.

Bowmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A touch of astringency that seems to be more than Islay iodine.

Bowmore Legend
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A light, young version, at a competitive price.

Bruichladdich 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Very slightly spirity, but appetising.

Bruichladdich 15 Years Old, (JBB Bottling)
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 An easily drinkable yet satisfying malt. Has definitely benefited from the extra five years.

Buffalo Trace American Straight Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Some very interesting flavours, but lacks roundness and length.

Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Appetising and remarkably refreshing.

Cadenhead's Caol Ila 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Youthfully powerful. Almost raw flavours, without being in any way spirity. Many Islay-lovers enjoy their whiskies young. This is a robust example.

Caol Ila 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A wonderful aperitif. Smoked fish to follow?

Finlaggan 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 As a single, it must come from one of the Islay distilleries. Reminds me of Port Ellen, but there is surely not enough stock of that?

Glenmorangie 12 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Very evident first-fill Bourbon character.

Gordon & MacPhail Bunnahabhain 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A breakfast whisky for the truly decadent.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.70%
7 A beautifully balanced, rounded, example of this distinctive malt.

Hart Brothers Caol Ila 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 For its age, not at all woody, but lacking in roundness. The flavours seem to be coming apart.

Ileach Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Like Finlaggan, this must come from one of the Islay distilleries. It seems bigger, more rounded, but less assertive, than Finlaggan.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 Surprising peatiness, but without smokiness.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 For an allegedly light malt, the flavours sing through but, as the dark colour suggests, there really is too much wood.

Murray McDavid Caol Ila 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.70%
8 On the light side, but with some delicacy and complexity.

Old Malt Cask Bruichladdich 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50%
8 Shows that this whisky can handle some age and sherry.

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