In this issue - Lowland perfection - Auchentoshan - History of the cork - Premium whisky - Glenury Royal - Dewars - Makers Mark - Mash Tuns - Glenlivet - Ben Nevis - Inverleven - 40 whiskies tasted
Published December 2007
Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well I am not sure about how the weather is with you, but here at Whisky Towers the faint hopes of any summer, Indian or not, have been dashed by cold, damp days and some startlingly crystal clear, co...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 5
American Icons 2008
This edition we present the Icons of Whisky for America.
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New venue,different time of the year and some fresh new features made for another great show in Glasgow.
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Maple leaf malts
The Toronto event goes from strength to strength. We report on the second gathering in Canada's largest city.
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Dave has an epiphany while lion watching in the bush.
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Whisky writer John Lamond delves into the issue of corks.
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A spirited career (Tom Aitken)
Ian Buxton looks back at the career of one of the whisky world's titans - Tom Aitken.
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Scotland's double pride
Ian R Mitchell looks at the relationship between two Scottish icons, the national bard and the national dram.
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Into the melting pot
The mash tun is a vital vessel,accommodating the conversion of starch within the grist into sugars,using a sequence of three,or even four waters at a progressively higher temperatures. But rather than...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 26
A royal loss (Glenury Royal)
In the latest in our series Gavin D.Smithtracks down the story behind Glenury Royal
December 2007, Issue 68, page 30
More with M
In our series looking at whisky terms we have reached the second part of the letter m. Dominic Roskrow looks at maturation
December 2007, Issue 68, page 31
After our Icons of Whisky America lunch we decided not to waste the opportunity of having some of the finest bourbon makers in one place.
December 2007, Issue 68, page 32
Ask the expert
A few months ago we started the renovation of an old house that we bought some time ago. In the basement we found a wooden box with several old bottles of whisky. I made a phone call to a whisky and ...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 35
Dave Broom gives us his tips on places to go when in Japan.
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Melbourne finds room for Scotch
Joe Bates travels down under to check out what's on offer.
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Lowland Perfection (Auchentoshan)
Auchentoshan is the nearest distillery to Glasgow but it is often criminally overlooked. Dominic Roskrow explains why it warrants closer inspection.
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For most of us, so-called premium whiskies remain firmly in the realms of fantasy, whisky jewels to be enjoyed vicariously through shop brochures, product images and tasting notes. But who buys these ...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 44
Dreamers in the grain
Health guru Galina Imrie looks at the health benefits of whisky and drinking.
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Four years after it opened the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge is an island of quality in a sea of garish neon. Our man took refuge there.
December 2007, Issue 68, page 52
Wallace and whisky
Jefferson Chase turns his attentions to Scottish grown authors.
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I think a lot more is known than people realise (Dr Gordon Steele)
Ian Wisniewski talks to Dr Gordon Steele,director of The Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI),located near Edinburgh.
December 2007, Issue 68, page 72
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Old Malt Cask Banff 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 What a lovely wee dram! Gentle, fragrant,open and lively. So comforting.
Ben Nevis 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A well-balanced dram. Sherry signs it but not in an assertive way.
Blue Hanger 3rd Release 30 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 45.60% 8 By definition vatted malts are designed to iron out blemishes but rarely rise above the good or very good. This is exceptional not just against this competition but in any categoryof whisky. Outstandi...
Caol Ila 1984 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 7 Awake up dram. Fresh,vibrant,wide open on the sea horizon. Bring bacon and eggs.
Cask Collection Bowmore 1998 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.30% 6 A solid dram. Rough and ready. The malty sweetness helps balancing the high strength. Invigorating.
Cask Collection Cooley 1992 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 58.90% 7 A rich nose and a somewhat restrained palate with an assertive oak print,which the high strength amplifies. But an elegant dryness.
Cask Collection Glenlivet 1977 29 Years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20% 8 A well-balanced dram. The age speaks but it has kept a vigorous freshness.
Chieftain's Cigar Malt 1996 11 Years Old
- Scotland - 54.90% 7 Alcohol is too assertive. Water eases the burning sensation and gives an oily feel.
Chieftain's Cigar Malt Classic 1994 13 Years old
- Scotland - 54.40% 7 The finish has given it a kick. Pleasant but not far reaching.
Chieftain's Cigar Malt Robusto 1997 10 Years Old
- Scotland - 55.10% 6 The smoky character is more expressive on the palate than on the nose. Goes with the season.
Duncan Taylor 1972 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 8 A fruit basket ! Needs water to keep alcohol quiet. Quiet a restless fellow. The nose delivers layers of fruit.
Duncan Taylor 1982 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.40% 7 Very strange. The nose and palate are miles apart.
Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 7 The nose opens like a rosebud on a sunny morning.Beautifully structured. A dram which demands time tobefully enjoyed.
Inverleven 1979 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.10% 7 This whisky definitely needs water to extinguish the fire. Would have benefited from a bottling at a lower strength.
Ledaig 1973 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 7 A marine dram but neither smokynor peaty. Just a briny profile. Another wake up dram but this time, bring the kippers!
Longmorn 1976 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30% 8 A natural beauty. Rich and elegant, without ostentation.As harmonious as a concerto from Mozart.
MacDonald's Glencoe 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 7 A warm comfort blanket of flavours.
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Immaculately attired and perfectly pleasant.
Nikka Pure Malt White
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 Very different,utterly beguiling and cleverly constructed.
Nikka Pure Malt Black
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 A delicatessen whisky which quietly earns your respect.
Nikka Pure Malt Red
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 A classy and sophisticated all-rounder.
Nikka Super Nikka Malt
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 7 A growling bear among a bunch of deer-like whiskies.This is a good thing. The mushroomy noteis one I associate with new Japanese whiskies.
Old & Rare Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 A bold character,delivering the whole package at once.Keeps spirity to the finish. Water cuts the edges but still tooharsh for me.
Old Malt Cask Macallan 1986 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A good deliveryof oak and fruit,well combined. Quite a spicy character.
Old Malt Cask Port Ellen Sherry 1982 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 A phenolic fellow. Tough on the nose, sweet on the palate. But the aromatic profile is not exciting.
Old Malt Cask Tactical 1990 16 Years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 6 Very thin. Not delivering much. Like a watercolour faded by sun exposure.
Provenance Macallan 1998 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Definitely a summer dram. Fresh like a lemon soda. To be enjoyed with a smoked salmon sandwich.
Taketsuru 12 Years old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 6 Beautifully presented with fruit and barley working together. But a tad polite and falls just short of superstar status.
Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 6 A savoury whisky to accompany smoked cheese of pickled fish?
Taketsuru 21 Years old
Blended Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Sweet enough to be attractive,sharp enough not to be cloying and spicy enough to prickle the tastebuds. A winner.
The Peat Chimney
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Not subtle but does what it sets out to do.
The Six Isles
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A classy introduction to island peated malts.
The Smooth Gentleman
- Scotland - 43.00% 6 Well constructed,very refreshing and quite complex.
The Speyside 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 An easy going dram. To be enjoyed with toasted chestnuts on a rainy day.
The Spice King
- Scotland - 43.00% 6 Zingy fruit salad,ordered and clean.
The Whisky Fair 1971 35 Years Old Olorosso Sherry Wood
- Scotland - 35.00% 6 Too old? Or too weak a new make to cope with the sherry influence. Or a poor cask ? Disappointing.
The Whisky Fair Port Ellen Sherry 1982 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 7 Anenticing nose,a gentle feel but the alcohol spoils the pleasure. It needs a good dash of water to be drinkable but then loses some aromatic impact.
The Whisky Fair Springbank 1971 35 Years Old Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 8 Incredibly well balanced .Aninviting complexity. Alcohol is tamed. As luxurious as a rum. Yummy.
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