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Whisky Magazine Issue 62

Whisky Magazine Issue 62

Whisky Magazine Issue 62

In this issue - Macallan Oak - Cask Strength - Canadian Whisky - Pagodas - Rankin on Rebus - Icons of Whisky 2007 - Ledaig - Glen Grant - Glenmorangie

Published March 2007

A global community
Rob Allanson dips his toe in the world whisky waters.

March 2007, Issue 62, page 5

Casting off with Benromach
The Benromach name will take to the high seas this year as whisky producer Gordon & MacPhail backs the Glasgow crew competing in this year's Round the World Yacht Race. Speaking about its involvement...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 7

In brief
Glenrothes loss Tributes have poured in for John Sutherland distillery manager of Glenrothes who died recently. Luke Tegner, Glenrothes brand director said: “John was taken into hospital, initiall...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 7

Packing a punch
Four Roses Bourbon and Rocky Balboa have a lot in common. They're both well-aged winners with a lot of fans. And now they've crossed paths in the latest Rocky Balboa movie. Four Roses Yellow Kentucky...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 7

Jack's new look
The Jack Daniel's Distillery, the famed Tennessee Distillery has unveiled a new bottle for its twice mellowed premium whiskey, Gentleman Jack. But they were quick to point out one thing that has not ...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 8

Newspirit
Kilchoman, Islay's farm distillery, has launched miniatures of its ‘New Spirit' which can be bought at the distillery shop or on line at www.kilchomandistillery.com. Jim Swan, production consultant...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 8

Pioneer Photos
She blazed a trail that many women in whisky have followed, but a chance discovery has shed more light on a woman who is still a legend in the whisky world. These previously unseen photographs offer ...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 8

Heart of oak
Macallan has unveiled a £1 million development on its estate, Rob Allanson went to investigate

March 2007, Issue 62, page 10

Not drinking, flying
Michael issues a wake up call before the whole of Scotland vanishes...or is re-branded

March 2007, Issue 62, page 11

The roots of home
Dave uses four whiskies,the Washington cityscape and some stunning photography on a Celtic heritage trail

March 2007, Issue 62, page 12

Can the price be right?
In this issue we wanted to look act the effect of discounting. Who better qualified to pass comment than drinkers themselves. So we put two questions to members of the WhiskyMag.com forum about how th...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 16

The United Nations of Whisky
With a few changes to previous years' events, the Icons of Whisky 2007 shows what a broad church the whisky community is. Rob Allanson reports

March 2007, Issue 62, page 18

Spirit of the architect
Ian Buxton looks at the man behind the iconic pagoda,his contemporaries and his legacy

March 2007, Issue 62, page 26

Rough diamonds
Our music guru showcases one of the bright new talents to break out of America. More perfect whisky music

March 2007, Issue 62, page 31

Jack's No.7 heaven (Jack Daniel's)
Jack Daniel's is bucking the trend in many markets and going from strength to strength. Dominic Roskrow went to Lynchburg to find out why

March 2007, Issue 62, page 32

Sweet smell of jasmine
Iorwerth Griffiths finds a comfortable seat at one of Dublin's great whisky havens

March 2007, Issue 62, page 37

Celtic resurgence
Is the Emerald Isle worth a visit for whiskey fans? You bet – and particularly in 2007

March 2007, Issue 62, page 38

Tempting suggestions
Diageo is making a fresh assault on our taste buds with a new approach to pairing whisky and food. Dominic Roskrow reports

March 2007, Issue 62, page 43

A ward of the bar
Jefferson Chase unearths a gem of whisky writing

March 2007, Issue 62, page 45

Fields of Gold
Barley is one of the vital ingredients in whisky,but with shortages and price increases is there going to be a knock on effect?

March 2007, Issue 62, page 46

Raising the bar (Gordon & McPhail)
Gordon & McPhail is something of a ‘one stop shop'f or whisky enthusiasts. As it celebrates 10 years as a distillery owner our man looks at why it continues to surprise and delight

March 2007, Issue 62, page 50

Lochside no more
In the first of a new series Gavin D. Smithgoes in search of whisky's lost heritage

March 2007, Issue 62, page 52

Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions

March 2007, Issue 62, page 53

Edinburgh detective ages aswell as his whisky
Roddy Martine shares a dram with Ian Rankin as he celebrates 20 years of his most famous creation,Inspector Rebus

March 2007, Issue 62, page 54

Classic Burns
Ian Wisniewski goes in search of Bobby Burns

March 2007, Issue 62, page 56

Gateway to exclusive whiskies
Joe Bates checks out the latest offers

March 2007, Issue 62, page 59

Cask Strength Malts
The tradition of high strength bottlings was a natural launch pad for cask strength malts,which have gathered momentum since the late 1980s. Ian Wisniewski finds out more.

March 2007, Issue 62, page 60

By the letter
In the latest in the series Dominic Roskrow looks at the letter ‘D'

March 2007, Issue 62, page 78

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Whisky Exchange BenRiach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70%
9 Complex with excellent balance. A typical for a Speyside, but it's one hell of a dram!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

BenRiach Madeira wood finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Balanced and with good weight. A good addition to the range.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A great wee aperitif. Fresh and fun.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90%
8 You'd never guess this was 35. Great life, balance and bags of character. A beauty.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenturret 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70%
8 Only 14. I'm amazed. A must try.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenturret 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60%
8 An underrated distillery which, when on form, is up there with the best. More please!

Ballechin Edradour Burgundy matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 It is young and showing great promise. Keep watching this with interest.

Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant 1972, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 After a nose that can only be described as “hairy” it rather loses focus.

Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Just lacks a little length. Not as pure as the 74, but I like its weirdness.

Berry's Own Selection Longmorn 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Well balanced. A real wee sweetie.

Bunnahabhain 14 Years Old Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.00%
7 Front-loaded, clumsy and forced. Bunna's good enough on its own.

Cadenhead's Canadian Indian Corn 15 Years Old
Single Grain - Canada - 54.90%
7 Quite young and green, with a nice fresh tang, especially when diluted. But this cardboardy flavour hangs on.

Canadian Club 6 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
6 Hard to believe this is a whisky. Closer to a rum.

Canadian Club Classic 12 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 Again, this rum taste, in a sharper and richer version than the first one.

Canadian Club Reserve 10 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 The sweet Demerara taste is still there but “enriched” with a spicy note.

Canadian Club Sherry Cask
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A fruity/spicy profile. Rye whisky shines through. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

Canadian Mist
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 Probably rich in rye. Quite a nice sweet and sour profile. With a good oaky frame. An unusual taste which reminds French gin spirit.

Centennial Premium Rye 10 Years Old
Rye - Canada - 40.00%
7 The nose makes you expect a more original profile. Lack of balance. Too much of that “rummy” sweetness.

Century Reserve 15 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A very pale whisky, tastes young but has got a fresh citrussy elegance which would make it a nice dram to be enjoyed on a summer evening. Why not on the rocks?

Chieftain's Choice Laphroaig 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A good, clean Laphroaig. Not exceptional, but true to character.

Crown Royal
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A characterful and clean whisky, with a rich proportion of rye in the mashbill. Oak is well integrated. Would be pleasant with a pecan pie.

Crown Royal SR Special Reserve
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A mild character, soft and pleasant but lacking nerve. Fine for a sweet tooth.

Crown Royal XR Extra Rare
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 That maple syrup taste works more like an additive than a natural aroma gained through maturation.

Deanston 30 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.70%
7 An old malty number just about holding its own, but it hasn't gained hugely in terms of complexity.

Forty Creek Barrel Reserve
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A gentle dram. Soft and rich. Soothes your worries away.

Forty Creek John K Hall Small Batch Reserve
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 Interesting nose but the palate does not quite fulfil the expectations. Oak speaks too loud at times.

Glenmorangie Margaux Cask Finish Vintage 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 This starts so promisingly, but the soapiness knocks it for me.

Glenturret 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 The balance is just tipping in favour of the cask. Glad this was bottled now.

Ledaig 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Another that's growing in character. I'm looking forward to the 12 Years Old.

Mackmyra Preludium 02
Single Malt - Sweden - 54.20%
7 Another nipper. That tropical fruit will develop over time as everything settles down. Like Ballechin, this is one to watch.

Seagram's VO
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 A well put together dram with a solid oak frame.

Seagram's VO GOld
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 Rye is well brought in without oak overwhelming. Water brings in a nice minty freshness.

Square Barrel Aultmore Vintage Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.00%
7 Hardly the most subtle whisky you'll ever meet, but if you love em big and bouncy, this is for you.

Windsor Canadian
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
6 Another example of a “worked upon” whisky. Rather dismantled in its sweetness.

Wiser's 18 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
8 A well integrated combination of fruit and oak. A dram for uplifting hikers back from a wet walk.

Wiser's Deluxe
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
7 Does not reflect a quality spirit. Looks as if it had been sweetened.

Wiser's Reserve
Blended - Canada - 43.00%
7 All that caramel dress up seems to hide an immature spirit. Has it been aged in decent wood? One can wonder.

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