Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Sometimes it's funny you know. After sitting watching companies sending out their new offerings into the wider world, the shoe is now on the other foot. I think I now have a greater understanding of ...
November 2007, Issue 67, page 5
The search starts to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. Scotland, Ireland and Canada have been scrutinised,we find out who is in the running.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 8
A great vintage
The fourth Whisky Live Paris saw an incredible gathering of rare and exciting drams,we find out more
November 2007, Issue 67, page 10
Harry's great bar game
Whisky Live Paris rekindles some fond memories for Dave,and sparks a few thoughts about pricing
November 2007, Issue 67, page 14
Drink less but better
Ian Buxton delves into the world of premium aged blends
November 2007, Issue 67, page 16
What are the best independent bottlings out there? Our tasters tried more than 160 of them to find out. Here are the results…
November 2007, Issue 67, page 21
Dave Broom concludes his two part investigation into the impact of climate change on whisky production by examining how the industry is meeting the challenge.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 26
All in the wash
Ian Wisniewski looks at the essential decisions behind choosing washbacks
November 2007, Issue 67, page 30
A giant culled
Gavin D Smithlooks at the recent loss of Dumbarton,a once vast grain distillery
November 2007, Issue 67, page 34
Dial M for malts
In our series looking at whisky terms we have reached the letter m. In the first of two features Dominic Roskrow looks at malts and malting.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 35
About the blends
This issue we decided to focus on and how they are viewed by the drinking public. We put two questions to Whisky Magazine's online community at www.whiskymag.com to see what they thought.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 36
Ask the expert
My father is a whisky collector and we also have a whisky shop.Some time ago I was in touch with you regarding whisky bottles,now I would like your advice again.We have a client who wants to buy whisk...
November 2007, Issue 67, page 39
Land of the rising sun
Dave Broom gives us his tips on places to go when in Japan.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 40
A brave new world
Using his knowledge and passion for wine,whisky maker John Hall is creating one of the most iconic Canadian brands, Rob Allanson went to find out why.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 45
The red carpet treatment
Whisky tourism continues apace and discerning enthusiasts continue to demand something special from their visit. Dominic Roskrow reports
November 2007, Issue 67, page 48
Change is certainly in the air in deepest Ross-shire, we investigate further
November 2007, Issue 67, page 50
Joe Bate shops across the Channel to check out the latest shopping opportunities
November 2007, Issue 67, page 53
We chat to two of Beam Global's top men, CEO and President TomFlocco and seventh generation master distiller Fred Noe
November 2007, Issue 67, page 54
A blue grass state of mind
Now in its 16th year, this annual event has become the gathering for bourbon fans. Rob Allanson went to find out more.
November 2007, Issue 67, page 56
Dutch whisky delights
Tell Wullie Macmorland that whisky doesn't go with food and he'll laugh at you. He'd know;he's been serving the two together in the Netherlands for nearly 20 years. Our man finds out more
November 2007, Issue 67, page 60
Absurdistan or bust
Jefferson Chase leafs through a modern classic
November 2007, Issue 67, page 79
I like to think I started malt whisky cocktails
Ian Wisniewski talks to Ranald Macdonald of Boisdale Restaurants,London
November 2007, Issue 67, page 80
Old & Rare Highland Park 29 Years Old 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Old, slightly grumbly but fascinating. Highly recommended.
Two Bobs Kentucky Bourbon 1994 Cask No. 65
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.70% 8 In line with cask No. 66, but with greater complexity. One for a cigar.
Parker's Heritage Collection 1996 Cask Strength Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 61.30% 8 Copes with high alcohol well. Great balance, poise and sophistication.
The Almond Tree Campbeltown 1970
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Great balance. Worth a look.
Two Bobs Kentucky Bourbon 1994 Cask No. 66
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.70% 8 Not exactly subtle, but has a certain bruising charm.
Yamazaki 1980 Vintage Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Big but balanced. Shows complexity.
Auchentoshan 1976 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.80% 7 Better on palate than the nose, but so fragile it shatters easily.
Auchentoshan 1976 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.60% 7 Old but still fresh. All very discreet. At its best neat.
Auchentoshan 1990 16 Years Old Bourbon Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70% 7 Draff mixed with whipped cream? It's a Glaswegian cranachan.
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 10 Years Old Zinfandel Aged
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 A finer structured example but the Zinfandel element seems a little bolted on.
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 6 Years Old Zinfandel Aged
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 Has blunt charm rather than complexity. A dancing bear, but don't give it any water.
Cadenhead's America Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.20% 7 Has an extra dimension. Recommended.
Chocolate Heaven Speyside 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Slightly disappointing until the finish which is worth the entry price.
Coconut Cream Speyside 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Light, but a good aperitif. Have it with ice.
Dewar Rattray 1982 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.50% 7 Perfect balance. An extremely good Caol Ila. Recommended.
Dewar Rattray Glenglassaugh 21 Years Old 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.40% 6 “Sweet and sulphury”now, there's a catchy brand name.
Dewar Rattray Highland Park 18 Years Old 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 7 Couldn't be more different from the other Highland Park. That's casks for you!
Dewar Rattray Strathmill 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.40% 7 All was going so well then the finish undoes all the good work. Ultimately unbalanced. Still at least my breath smells minty fresh.
Glace Fruits Speyside 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 There's a restrained quality about all of these. Amusing lunchtime companions.
Laphroaig 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 All the aromas are working against each other and it's incredibly muted. Why bottle this at 40%?
Laphroaig 27 Years Old Vintage 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 7 An acquired taste. Some will like it, but it's too woody and nothing on the 1974 bottling by la Maison du Whisky.
Old & Rare Caol Ila 28 Years Old 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 7 Good but pretty tired.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 13 Years Old 1994
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00% 7 Assertive but balanced.
Old Malt Cask Ardmore 1977 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Has maturity and presence. Ardmore: a complete package.
Old Malt Cask Convalmore 30 Years Old 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Shows maturity but very front loaded.
Old Malt Cask Dufftown 30 Years Old 1977
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Has a cleanliness and delicacy but lacking in impact overall. You expect complexity from old whiskies.
Old Malt Cask Glencadam 21 Years Old 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Well balanced and with real charm and some complexity.
Smoked Sausages Islay 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 It's young and seems to have been too heavily reduced.
The Balvenie 17 Years Old Sherry Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Good but the oak has leaned a little too heavily on the expressiveness of the whisky.
The Macallan Easter Elchies Seasonal Cask Selection Summer 2007
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20% 7 This is all about power, show and bravado and misses out on elegance depth and nuance. Some will love it.
Two Bobs Kentucky Bourbon 1994 Cask No. 64
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 64.00% 7 Out on its own. More finesse but less power.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Apples and Pears 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A strange package that almost works.
Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Finish
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.20% 5 Very poor. Still, after this and the Buffalo Trace experiments we can say that bourbon and Chardonnay don't mix. So, let's move on.
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