In this issue - Mixing the Magic - Cocktails - Glengyle comes of age - The Glenlivet - 40 whiskies tasted - Kilbeggan - Duncan Taylor - Grain Whisky - Events - Music - Food and much more...
Published June 2007
The weeks have been just packed with liquid treasures and some great memories since I last sat down to write my column. A string of airport lounges, hotel rooms and copy filed from foreign climes has...
June 2007, Issue 64, page 5
At the ambassador's
Michael is invited for a special afternoon in Poland
June 2007, Issue 64, page 11
Prepare for a surprise
The recent World Whiskies Conference had its share of twists and turns.Dave gives his take on some of them
June 2007, Issue 64, page 12
The Innovation Game
With so much discussion going on at the moment about innovation,we decided to ask members of the whiskymag.com forum for their views
June 2007, Issue 64, page 16
Shaking it up
There is a revolution happening and whisky is at the cutting edge. We find out more
June 2007, Issue 64, page 18
You have to be sensible and balance passion with a business mind (Sukhinder Singh)
Ian Wisniewski interviews the man behind The Whisky Exchange
June 2007, Issue 64, page 23
Standing out from the flock (Spencerfield Spirits)
Ian Buxton dons his wellies and digs out his shepherd's crook
June 2007, Issue 64, page 24
Full House (Hanyu)
Dave Broom looks at the story behind this new Japanese whisky company which is upping the anté
June 2007, Issue 64, page 26
Richard Jones surfs the ‘net to find some of the more interesting sites of whisky comment and debate
June 2007, Issue 64, page 30
Rock to drink to
What would make the ultimate whisky rock album? Rocky McCabe dreams up the perfect compilation
June 2007, Issue 64, page 31
Where it all started (Glenlivet)
Situated in the heart of Speyside,The Glenlivet is a study of modern and progressive whisky making in the most historic of settings. Dominic Roskrow reports
June 2007, Issue 64, page 32
Coast to coast
You don't tend to think of Glasgow and Edinburgh when it comes to whisky. But if you dig about a bit and travel over to Campbeltown to the west there is plenty to enjoy
June 2007, Issue 64, page 36
Dinner is served
Whisky dinners are becoming more sophisticated and they are enjoying more popularity than ever before. Dominic Roskrow speaks to the doyenne of food and whisky pairing, Martine Nouet
June 2007, Issue 64, page 42
Life on the ocean wave
Valencia is currently hosting sailing's weirdest event. So what is Chivas Regal doing there? Our man went to find out
June 2007, Issue 64, page 44
Independently minded (Duncan Taylor)
Behind the scenes at one of Scotland's biggest independent bottling companies some of the world's rarest whiskies are stored. Our man joined Duncan Taylor Scotch's managing director Euan Shand in a bi...
June 2007, Issue 64, page 46
What would you do if you knew you only had one day to live? It's one of those questions we as a species dubiously blessed with the knowledge of our own mortality can't help posing from time to time. ...
June 2007, Issue 64, page 48
A good read
Ian Buxton peruses the library for some of the finest whisky books
June 2007, Issue 64, page 50
Highland survivor (Millburn)
In the latest of our series Gavin D Smith investigates another gem
June 2007, Issue 64, page 52
Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions
June 2007, Issue 64, page 53
Coming of age (Campbeltown)
Three years in the making but now the latest spirit from Campbeltown is ready to make its debut
June 2007, Issue 64, page 54
Cypriot sunshine (Cyprus)
Joe Bates checks out what the Mediterranean island has to offer the travellers
June 2007, Issue 64, page 57
The BIG Apple
America's east coast metropolis braced itself for the greatest whisky show on earth
June 2007, Issue 64, page 58
Back to life (Kilbeggan)
A unique occasion in the history of Irish whiskey took place recently – an old distillery came back to life –our man was on the spot for the first drops of spirit
June 2007, Issue 64, page 60
With the grain
Ian Wisniewski delves in to the role of grains in a blend
June 2007, Issue 64, page 62
Welcome the underdog
In the latest in his series looking at the whisky glossary, Dominic Roskrow turns to the letter ‘G' and to grain whisky
June 2007, Issue 64, page 78
Hibiki 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 An elegant and satisfying dram. Well educated, in good quality casks for sure.
Ichiro's Malt King of Spades, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 A liquid dessert. Reminds me of a rich Balvenie. Superb dram.
Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 8 Bold, subtle, sweet yet smoky. Class.
Ardbeg Almost There
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 8 This is seamless stuff and despite the smokiness is unshowy. Only 9 Years Old? Great things are on their way.
Balblair 1979 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Needs time to grow in the glass. A dream.
Balblair 1997 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A stunner.
Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 A big beast, but the butiric knocks its score down.
Caol Ila 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 8 Just one of a great clutch of smoky drams this time around.
Cragganmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Give this lots of time. Do so and you will be richly rewarded.
Ichiro's Malt Ace of Hearts, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Water cuts the edges a little but does not mellow the sourness.
Ichiro's Malt Two of Clubs
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Water tames it.
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 8 You can see into this like a rockpool. Clean and pristine. Complexity building.
Port Dundas 34 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 Lush and sexy. A truly delicious hedonistic dram.
Port Ellen 6th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 Takes no prisoners.
Balblair 1989 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Seems young, but very attractive.
Bowmore 1990, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 7 Water smooths it down, but the rugged edge is what makes this a winner.
Caperdonich Rum Finish, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.20% 7 They've done their best to improve a poor cask, but it's one note all the way.
Dalwhinnie 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 7 A soft hearted beauty. Cuddle up to it.
Fuji Sanroku 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 The complexity of the nose is not reflected on the palate. But the clean dryness makes it refreshing and enjoyable.
Hakushu 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 A perfectly balanced dram. Fruit and spices mingle gently.
Hakushu 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 A colourful character, lively and dancing on nose and palate.
Hibiki 21 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 Its wide aromatic palette is well displayed. Nothing is missing except a longer finish maybe. A second sip keeps the pleasure on.
Ichiro's Malt Three of Diamonds
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 7 Lacks balance. Alcohol is quite fierce. Water tames it down but needs to be strictly dosed as it enhances bitterness. Some character but quite sharp.
Karuizawa 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 Reveals more balance on the palate than expected. Certainly on the wood side but in a rich and complex way.
Karuizawa 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 6 A marine character but more whispering than speaking up.
Karuizawa 1988 Cask 3397
Single Malt - Japan - 59.80% 7 The nose does not say it all. The old man is still sprightly.
Karuizawa 1992 Cask 5978
Single Malt - Japan - 62.80% 7 A sharp character which needs a good dash of water. Quite refreshing.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 An aperitif dram.
Yamazaki 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 A charming summery dram. The perfect “herbal tea” to savour while gazing at the moonlit sky.
Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 The palate does not keep what the nose promises. Disappointing. Sweetness does not make up for flavour.
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