Welcome to Whisky Magazine
The signs are lining up for a good year in 2008 here at Whisky Towers, and in the whisky world at large. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the magazine. Ten years of tasting, whisky facts and f...
January 2008, Issue 69, page 5
A fulfilling time
Owning your own cask of malt is arguably the ultimate whisky experience. Having selected his cask type Dominic Roskrow travelled to Glengoyne to fill it with new spirit.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 8
Bigger and better
We report from the recent Whisky Live Leiden in the glorious setting of the Pieterskerk
January 2008, Issue 69, page 10
Lost in a nation
Dave visits the new rebuilt Hanyu distillery and takes in some Japanese culture.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 12
Charles K. Cowdery meets the next generation of America's master distillers.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 14
The Irish question
In part one of a three part series, Dave Broom looks at the changing face of Irish whiskey.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 20
Blazing a trail
Liza Weisstuchmeets cocktail writer extraordinaire David Wondrich as he launches his latest tome.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 24
Taking over returns
Ian Wisniewski meets the nextgeneration of Scottish blenders who,like their American counterparts already featured in this issue,are taking the industry into the future.
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A table of two names (Brora)
Gavin D Smith delves into Brora's past.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 30
The eternal question
In the latest in the series on whisky terms Dominic Roskrowlooks at the letters N and O.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 31
Older and better?
In this issue we decided to focus on the increasing number of premium aged whiskies that are being released and how they are viewed by the drinking public. Who better to give us the answer than Whisky...
January 2008, Issue 69, page 32
Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,John looks at books for collectors and the whisky enthusiast. In questions,he fields your enqu...
January 2008, Issue 69, page 34
In the heartland (Speyside)
Speyside falls in to two halves:that reached by flying in to Inverness,and that reached from Aberdeen.In this issue we take the Aberdeen route.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 36
Small but perfectly formed
Joe Bates looks at the delightful London City airport.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 39
Fortune comes knocking (Knockdhu)
Knockdhu is an oddball distillery that defies categorisation.It's owned by Whisky Magazine Distiller of the Year,Inver House.Dominic Roskrow visited it.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 40
Down the years
In an epic tasting we tackle the entire family cask range, Rob Allanson reports.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 44
Kings of cocktails
To mark the fifth anniversary of its American bartenders' trip Brown Forman picked an elite group to take part in a cocktail event. Dominic Roskrow joined them
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Enter the keepers
Ian Buxton looks atone of whisky's more influential yet unassuming gatherings.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 51
Throughout 2007 Diageo has been matching its whiskies with food from countries including Spain and India. For the final event of the year the destination was Milan.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 52
Laying down the law
Jefferson Chase looks at another Scottish born crime writer.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 71
Every bar in the world is a natural home for Scotch Whisky
Ian Wisniewski talks to Jim Long,international public relations manager at Chivas Bros,based in London
January 2008, Issue 69, page 72
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January 2008, Issue 69, page 74
Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An absolute cracker. Delicate, elegant. More than a golden promise. A gem delivery !
The Glenrothes 25 Years Old
- Scotland - 43.00% 9 Slow,elegant and complex.
Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1996
- Scotland - 46.00% 8 Judging by the colour (pale chardonnay),has obviously not gained from the cask. Has got all the phenolic spectrum but not much more,especially on the nose.
Blair Athol Berrys' Own Selection 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Best neat. Slightly firm but well worth a look.
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A well-knitted dram,although suffering from being bottled at 40%.
Bruichladdich Berrys' Own Selection 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A summery whisky. Refreshing. Thirst-quenching.
Canto Over 10 Years Old Cask No 46
- Scotland - 53.20% 8 Oak-driven,but not oak-dominated. There's a difference.
Canto Over 10 Years Old Cask No 6
- Scotland - 53.10% 8 A more intense version. Highly recommended.
Caol Ila Berrys' Own Selection 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80% 8 Another marine fellow. Straightforward,muscular but not assertive. Invigorating.
Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1995
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 A charming nose which is not fully delivered on the palate. But an excellent dram all together.
Chivas Regal 25 Years old
- Scotland - 40.00% 8 Great blending,but it would be even better if bottled at a slightly higher strength.
Clynelish Distillers Edition 1992
- Scotland - 46.00% 8 A delicate yet full of character dram. For a relaxing evening watching a documentary on English gardens.
Blended Malt - Japan - 46.00% 8 Lightbodied,but fresh and fragrant. Japanese beginners start here.
Highland Park 21 Years Old
- Scotland - 47.50% 8 A drier expression of HP from the norm and all the more fascinating for that.Recommended.
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 Best neat. A sumptuous whiskey. Highly recommended.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1991
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 Peat and iodine are not all. There's got to be texture and complexity. And this one has got it all.
Oban Classic Malts Distillers Edition 1992
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 An appetizing dram like a dried fruit cake. Rich and malty. A drop of water will be enough to cheer it up. More knocks it down.
Rittenhouse Very Rare 23 Years Old
- U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 Fantastic balance. Highest recommendation.
Talisker 25 Years Old Special Release 2007
- Scotland - 25.00% 8 A well balanced dram. With a sweet profile.Has well aged.
Talisker 30 Years Old Special Release 2007
- Scotland - 50.70% 8 A well balanced and rich fellow. Water adds more layers .A beautiful aromatic voyage.
Talisker 57 North
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 8 The polar opposite to Talisker 18. Rugged and warming.
Bowmore 16 Years Old Port Matured
Single Malt - - 53.10% 7 Substantial and well balanced (bar that perfumed note).
Brora 30 Years Old Special Release 2007
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 7 The nose is off-putting,which knocks the score down, but the palate delivers.
Caol Ila Unpeated Special Releases 2007 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 64.90% 7 A taste of summer in winter.
Dun Bheagan Island Single Malt 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 An easygoing marine dram. Clean cut with a generous peat signature.
- Scotland - 40.00% 7 Just a little thin and lacking in substance
Lark Distillery Cask Strength
- Australia - 58.00% 6 The spirit is good but the cask seems tohaveoverlaid slightly odd aromas.
Lark Distillery Distillers Selection
- Australia - 43.00% 6 Decent spirit the oak has added a hard edge. Lacks interaction between oak and spirit.
Mackmyra Preludium 06
- Sweden - 50.50% 7 Seems slightly forced.Just not knitted.
MacLeods 8 Years Old Islands
- Scotland - 40.00% 8 A decent dram. Needs time to settle down and tone the oakiness on the nose down.
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A full bowl of stewed and dried fruit. For a breakfast treat?
Old Pulteney 21 Years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A two times dram. Fruity sweetness followed by a dry spiciness. The two faces meet up on time.
Smokehead Extra Rare
- Scotland - 40.00% 7 Strangely lacking in weight in the middle,this either needs to be bolstered a little - or bottled at a higher strength.
Strathmill Berrys' Own Selection 1974
- Scotland - 57.00% 6 A real shame.
Talisker Classic Malts Distillers Edition 1993
- Scotland - 45.80% 7 Difficult to taste a Talisker blind ! The strength tells all (though Lagavulin played a trick in this tasting).The legendary pepperiness is a memory.
The Arran Malt Fino Sherry Cask 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 50.00% 7 The type of maturation has deeply influenced the malt. Elegant and rich but may be a bit too much… like Xmas pudding!
The Arran Malt Tokaji Cask 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 55.00% 7 A well-balanced dram though quite muscular. The palate is not as rich as the nose.
The Dalmore Berrys' Own Selection 1997
- Scotland - 46.00% 7 The grassy profile of this whisky is too much.
The Glenlivet Berrys' Own Selection 1971
- Scotland - 46.00% 7 A little cramped on the palate but has personality.
The Macallan Gran Reserva
- Scotland - 45.60% 7 Good balance of high-impact oak and rich spirit. A powerful Macallan.
Tomintoul Oloroso Sherry Cask 12 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very shy almost embarassed. Don't be, Tomintoul.Shout it out!
- Scotland - 40.00% 7 An attractive dram for sure,but just lacks impetus.
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