From the Editor
As they tell you at every bus stop in Scotland come late afternoon at this time of year, “the nights are fair drawing in”. For some of us this is a legitimate excuse for pouring our evening drams ...
December 1999, Issue 7, page 5
Once a knight
Good things take a while, sometime decades to reach their best. Michael Jackson makes the case for prizing maturity... and animal warmth
December 1999, Issue 7, page 7
Jim Murray ponders the relationship between increased automation in whisky making and brand parity.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 9
Beautiful craft, adventure and the dram. What else is there? Cutty Sark have the perfect recipe, reports Brian Hennigan
December 1999, Issue 7, page 10
Top Gear (Jackie Stewart)
Champion driver Jackie Stewart OBE tells Jane Slade why motor racing and whisky make a classic blend.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 14
Dining with the duchess
The Duchess of Argyll whose husband heads up the Clan Campbell dynasty at Inveraray, has raided her family's recipe archives exclusively for Whisky Magazine. Her delicious dishes are perfect choices f...
December 1999, Issue 7, page 28
A bourbon thoroughbred
Stuart Maclean Ramsay was totally sedcued by Kentucky's smallest distillery, which uses Scottish copper pot stills and a rare method of distillation.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 30
Barrel Boom brings distillery gloom.
The bourgon barrel industry is on a roll, but that's not good news for the whisky industry Richard Neill reports on tough choices and smart solutions.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 34
In the second part of their American whiskey odyssey, Gary Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan uncover the traditional practices that makes each bottling unique.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 38
When the party's over
Fed up with feeling rough after a heavy session? Cheer up, Doctor Tom Stuttaford reveals some surprising- and comforting- facts about achieving a quality hangover.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 44
It was show time in Kentucky and Damian Riley-Smith found it very much to his taste.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 48
Small and perfectly formed (Dalmore)
Great whisky, great scenery, great climate. Dalmore has just about got it all, as John D Lamond reports.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 56
Dave Broom retraces an old smuggling trail and discovers why so many brigands got away with pedalling their illicit hooch.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 60
Sweet juice of success
Tom Bruce-Gardyne wades through the archives to discover the extraordinary story of two young brothers who spawned the great whisky dynasty of Dewar's
December 1999, Issue 7, page 64
Sweetness and light
There's a brave new world of drinkers and they are ordering whisky liqueurs. Maisha Frost reports on changing times at the soft end of the malt market.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 68
Chrisitie's whisky consultant Martin Green takes us down the malt vault and advises on what to buy now and drink or sell later.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 71
In conversation with Peter Russell
In this issue we begin a series of interviews with celebrated whisky people. Here Charlie Maclean gives the last-frank- word ot broker and blender Peter Russell.
December 1999, Issue 7, page 86
The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A beautifully balanced classic Speyside whisky.
The Macallan 1949, 50 Years Old, Millennium
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 A beautifully composed, luxurious whisky.
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 8 Darker, drier and more spicily assertive than the earlier version, despite only a slight difference in ages.
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Tightly combined flavours. Delicate. Elegant.
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 Some of the voluptuousness has sagged with age.
Glengoyne 2000 AD
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 Delicious example of maltiness in a whisky. I always enjoy Glengoynes very much, but they invariably leave me wanting a little more.
Glenmorangie 12 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The earlier, and less expensive, of two millennium bottlings. In this one, the emphasis is on first-fill bourbon barrels.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Illustrates the extra dimension in whiskies when most distilleries did their own malting.
Jameson Limited Edition, 15 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Distinctive. A very full pot-still Irish.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 9 Frighteningly good. Godzilla is alive and well and living in Campbeltown.
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.
Classic Cask Scotch whisky, 35 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Slightly woody in aroma, but develops nicely.
Glenfiddich 1967, Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 On the light side among older Glenfiddichs, but delicate and appetising.
Glenfiddich 21 Years Old, Millennium Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Lighter and more delicate than the 21 Years Old that appeared in a Wedgwood decanter in years past.
Glenmorangie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 If you like the classic flavours of the 10 Years Old but find it a bit light, this range-filler is for you.
Glenmorangie Cognac Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Crisp, but not as characterful as might be hoped.
Greenwich Meridian 2000 Blended Scotch
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Seems like an attempt at an old-fashioned blend, but a bit two-dimensional.
- Scotland - 46.00% 7 Not firing fully yet
Old Pulteney 15 Years Old Millennium Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 More distillery character than a 15 Years Old identified as “sherry-aged” that I tasted some months ago.
The Glenlivet 12 Years Old, French Oak Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The oak does not dominate, but is quite powerful for such an elegant malt.
The Glenlivet 21 Years Old Archive
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 Slightly sweeter, fuller and more structured than an earlier (younger) version with no age statement.
The Speyside Millennium
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 A fine malt, with great character for its relative youth. Greater ages are eagerly awaited.
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