Rob Allanson ponders that eternal question:what's your favourite?
April 2007, Issue 63, page 5
Dancing with Donleavy
Michael talks about the joys of Irish whiskey and the dangers of method acting
April 2007, Issue 63, page 11
New builds and buses
Are we coming in to another golden period for whisky – Dave gives his views on the latest news
April 2007, Issue 63, page 12
Out of the box
There have been several high profile repackaging of famous brands recently. We are beginning to see more attention paid to bottle shapes and presentation boxes. We decided to ask members of the Whisk...
April 2007, Issue 63, page 16
World's best whiskies honoured
More than 150 whiskies, three rounds of judging and there can be only five...we reveal the winners
April 2007, Issue 63, page 18
Two new distilleries announced in as many months...are we on the brink of a golden time for whisky? Ian Buxton finds out
April 2007, Issue 63, page 26
Tasty trio (Balblair)
Inspired by a 4,000 year old Pictish standing stone overlooking the distillery,the new Balblair range is bound to set pulses racing. We find out what's been going on
April 2007, Issue 63, page 28
The Arcade Fire are on the verge of superstardom.Lew Guthrie III checks out their credentials and reviews new album The Neon Bible
April 2007, Issue 63, page 31
Cutting no corners (The Macallan)
The Macallan is one of the truly iconic distilleries but it is not resting on its laurels. Dominic Roskrow went to stay there
April 2007, Issue 63, page 32
To really enjoy the bourbon experience of Kentucky you must immerse yourself in the character and culture of the state itself. Our man does exactly that
April 2007, Issue 63, page 36
Raising the stakes
The Spirit of Speyside Festival has grown in to a major celebration of the region's food and drink. So how do you set about catering for such an event? Dominic Roskrow went to find out
April 2007, Issue 63, page 42
Caroline Dewar meets the latest in the line of Dewar's master blenders
April 2007, Issue 63, page 46
Jefferson Chase offers us another recent whisky read
April 2007, Issue 63, page 48
Gone but not forgotten (Port Ellen)
In the latest of our new series,Gavin D Smith delves in to Port Ellen's past
April 2007, Issue 63, page 50
Naren Young packs his library card and is welcomed to one of New York's newest centres of higher learning
April 2007, Issue 63, page 52
Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions
April 2007, Issue 63, page 53
A region once again (Campbeltown)
Robin Laing packs his bags and heads out to Campbeltown to find whisky production is thriving again
April 2007, Issue 63, page 54
The Fair City (Dublin)
Joe Bates checks out the latest offers in Dublin
April 2007, Issue 63, page 57
It's show time!
The greatest shows on earth. We provide an overview of Whisky Live in London and Tokyo
April 2007, Issue 63, page 58
Barrels of innovation
Ian Wisniewski looks at how companies are pushing the boundaries with casks
April 2007, Issue 63, page 62
In the latest in our series looking at the language of whisky, Dominic Roskrow looks at the letters E and F
April 2007, Issue 63, page 78
BenRiach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Reveals a rich profile by a succession of aromatic layers. Alcohol is perfectly tamed.
Chieftain's Choice Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 8 Complex stuff going on here. A really rewarding Port Ellen.
Bruichladdich Celtic Nations
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Seems to have stored all the ingredients for a healthy breakfast. A morning dram? Quite inviting.
Bruichladdich Infinity Second Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 Alcohol is perfectly tamed. No burn or tang. A cheery dram for a sunny afternoon.
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 A success.
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Too chimney-like for me. Lacks the balance between sweetness and dryness you need in such a peaty dram.
Old Malt Cask Clynelish 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 All comes together at the end.
Old Malt Cask Director's Tactical Selection, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 This has it all but goes about it in an unflashy manner. Good.
Tyrconnell Madeira Finish 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 46.00% 8 Well put together, the finish not too obtrusive.
BenRiach Curiositas 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Quite a nice dram but a bit edgy.
Berry's Own Selection Benrinnes 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Bizarrely, the nose reminded me of an Argentinian Torrontes. Where's the famed Benrinnes meatiness?
Berry's Own Selection Glencadam 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A ripe dram which seems to have headed across to Kentucky. Big and lush.
Bruichladdich 15 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 The nose puts you off, the palate tries to make it up but the result is not exciting.
Caol Ila 8 Years Old Unpeated
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.80% 7 A straightforward example of a bourbon cask maturation. A bit burning on the tongue for me but some like hot, don't they?
Chieftain's Choice Benrinnes 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 For me this has been bottled too early and before the sulphuriness of youth has been fully matured out.
Chieftain's Choice Imperial Speyside 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 One for the palate and not the nose.
Connemara 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 That lactic note overwhelms nose and palate. Not sure that a dairy whiskey is something to look forward to! Surprisingly, a dash of water makes more palatable.
Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Characterful, vivid but not complex. “Tastes” stronger than 40%. A body warmer for cool evenings.
Old & Rare Lochnagar, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 7 Full but very well balanced for such an ancient character.
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A charming nose with a less delicate palate but altogether a refreshing dram.
Old Malt Cask Glen Grant 12 Years Old Wine Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 6 Seems cobbled together.
Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 This has balance. Like it.
Old Malt Cask Scapa 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Light and discreet. Perfectly pleasant but not exactly exciting.
Old Malt Cask St Magdalene, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 5 If this was in a better cask it would have been a rather pleasant whisky.
Penderyn WRU 125th Anniversary Limited
Single Malt - Wales - 50.00% 7 The oaky start leads way to a cheerful fruity and floral profile. Marked by the sherry but not on the dark (woody) side. Avoid water.
Tyrconnell 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 46.00% 7 A decent drink, but the port finish is the winner out of the trio.
Tyrconnell Port Finish
Single Malt - Ireland - 46.00% 7 This just balances the whiskey and the finish.
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