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Whisky Magazine Issue 63

Whisky Magazine Issue 63

Whisky Magazine Issue 63

In this issue - World Whiskies Awards - The Best Whiskies in the World - New distilleries - Balblair Vintages - Kentucky Visitors Guide - Whisky and Food - Port Ellen and more...

Published April 2007

Weather watching
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

Boom time
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

Arcade classics
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

Kentucky calling
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

Dewar's guardian
Caroline Dewar meets the latest in the line of Dewar's master blenders

April 2007, Issue 63, page 46

Split personality
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

Sssshhhh....!!
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

Key processes
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

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

BenRiach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70%
8 Reveals a rich profile by a succession of aromatic layers. Alcohol is perfectly tamed.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Chieftain's Choice Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
8 Complex stuff going on here. A really rewarding Port Ellen.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 A success.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Malt Cask Clynelish 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 All comes together at the end.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Old Ballantruan
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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