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Whisky Magazine Issue 76

Whisky Magazine Issue 76

Whisky Magazine Issue 76

In this issue - Whisky Magazine Aged 10 Years - Grain whisky comeback - Top 10 lost distilleries - Visitors guide to the islands - Welsh whisky - Top 10 London bars - Tastings, blends - Lewis, new distillery - and more...

Published November 2008

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well readers of this column will have noticed I very rarely talk about what is actually going on in the magazine but this edition is somewhat different. Here we are and what a joyous occasion it is t...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 5

DISTILLING ART
A Drink To Us (When We're Both Dead) by Glenfiddich Artist in Residence,Dave Dyment, is an extraordinary piece of work that saw a 500l cask of newly distilled spirit entombed under the floor of wareho...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 6

GOLDEN YEAR FOR EXPERT
Whisky expert John Black is celebrating 50 years in the industry and with family links to the whisky business dating back over 150 years. Having worked at distilleries throughout Scotland, John began...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 6

Polaroid moments
The Macallan has unveiled an ambitious £1.3 million limited edition bottling produced in association with world famous, Scots born photographer Rankin. Returning to his homeland, Paisley-born Rankin...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 6

OTHER STORIES
Society birthday The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is celebrating its 25th anniversary in true style with the launch of a distinctive new look, and the chance to taste an exciting new range of 43 rare wh...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 7

Royal visit
The Earl of Wessex learnt more about the craft of coopering during a recent visit to Diageo's Dundashill Cooperage in Glasgow. During a tour of the premises, which employs around 50 staff, the Earl o...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 7

The Macallan join the celebrations!
As a fitting addition to our 10th Anniversary celebrations,we have teamed up with The Macallan to select a cask of their finest 10 Years Old,to be bottled and offered exclusively to Whisky Magazinerea...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 8

Whisky Live around the world
FORTHCOMING WHISKY LIVE EVENTS WHISKY LIVE NEW DELHI Saturday 31st January 2009 www.whiskylive.com WHISKY LIVE TOKYO Sunday 22nd February 2009 www.whiskylive.com WHISKY LIVE LONDON Friday 27th to Satu...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 8

Showtime at Glasgow
The world's premier whisky tasting show, Whisky Live visited Glasgow for the fifth time recently and sales boomed with a record attendance on the Saturday.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 10

Strange but true
Dave discovers a little piece of England in a corner of Japan.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 12

A decade of words
To mark our 10th anniversary we decided to dig into our archives and bring some of the wittiest, incisive and often poignant words from our two columnists, starting the late, great Michael Jackson.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 14

Discussing the decade
We decided to ask three members of the distilling community to sum up the last 10 years and then look to the future for whisky.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 18

Whisky's des res
Sally Toms explores the whisky bar at Glasgow's most luxurious hotel.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 20

The history makers
For our 10th anniversary issue,Ian Buxton profiles 10 people who have shaped today's global whisky industry.While these are only short biographical sketchs of individuals,all of whom deserve an articl...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 23

Want to know where you can go for the very best single cask malts? The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Born out of a love of whisky, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was formally established in Edinburgh in 1983. Now,25 years on, the Society is internationally recognised as the most reliable source of th...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 27

On the up
Is grain whisky on the verge of an exciting new era? Ian Wisniewski finds out.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 28

Ten of the best
Gavin D Smith looks at 10 lost distilleries we should all try and visit.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 32

Whisky worms
In the final part of our series looking at whisky terms we look at the final letters of the alphabet, and in particular worm tubs and yeast.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 34

Olympic big
Joe Bates heads to Beijing to see how this destination's duty free store.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 35

Ask the expert
Some time ago I found this really nice old whisky decanter. It is gallon Watsons Dundee Whisky, which shows a picture of a Highlander throwing a big rock.Well I have read a bit on the web, and I know ...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 37

Island life
From Orkney to Arran,Scotland's islands are home to some of Scotland's best distilleries.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 38

Welsh success
Welsh distillery Penderyn has been bottling its whisky for nearly five years now,and it's going from strength to strength.Dominic Roskrow travelled to the Brecon Beacons National Park to visit it.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 42

Painting the riverred
Gavin D Smith heads out to the the Outer Hebrides to see what's going on.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 46

Epic proportions
Ian Buxton meets the Brazilian collector with a record breaking collection.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 50

The best of times
With rare whisky very much in demand The Whisky Exchange is booming. But is it really such a great time to be investing in whisky? Dominic Roskrow spoke to Sukhinder Singh.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 54

Called to the bar
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 58

Join the debate
Star letter - In the footsteps Thank you for Rob Allanson's editorial in the December 2008 issue. It's amazing how the description of a familiar place can cut across years and thousands of miles. My ...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 79

“If anyone starts without any knowledge there are plenty of people to teach them”
Ian Wisniewski talks with Keir Sword,proprietor of Royal Mile Whiskies.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 80

Judging a book
Jefferson Chase looks at a whisky thriller

November 2008, Issue 76, page 82

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 A superb bourbon. As neat and perfectly dressed and combed as Richard Paterson!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Brora 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30%
8 A big boy. But if you give it time,you'll tame it. The fruity notes display is really scrumptious.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Buffalo Trace Thomas Hardy, Sazerac
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80%
8 A broad shouldered whisky. Not for the fainted-hearts.Some like it hot.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Four Roses Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 A well knitted bourbon. No sharp edges but no excess sweetness either.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 70.90%
8 An interesting character. Again a bourbon which does not drown your tastebuds with sweetness but you have got tolikeoakywhiskeys.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glen Elgin 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
8 Quite a dour character. I can't really find comfort with all this dampness !

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40%
8 An all-timer.Delivers Islay briny atmosphere.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Linkwood 26 Years Old, Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50%
7 A bourbon cask maturation followed by a rum finish ? Take your time to enjoy this sunny dram. Really subtle.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Linkwood 26 Years Old. Wine Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50%
8 Oak is leading the way but in an elegant way. A very spicy dram. To be matched with a beef stroganoff maybe.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.40%
8 A superb Port Ellen,more sophisticated than the Diageo one. Two styles. This one is more an indoor dram. Toeach his own.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Port Ellen 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
8 That dram gives you a briny hug. It warms you without burning. A zesty queen of the Hebrides.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Sting of a bee 42.5 1973 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50%
8 Very satisfying.A beautiful bourbon cask maturation. Superb to match with a cheesecake or lemon meringue pie. But the sting of the bee must be blunt,I did not feel it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Talisker 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20%
8 Anenticing combination of sweet and warm.AnHebridean welcome dram. Would also workas a wakeup call. Very more-ish.

Benromach 8 Years Old Maderia
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 The nose was promising but the palate did not deliver all. Water stresses the bitterness.

Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A bourbon for non sweet teeth. Rich, very well structured.

Linkwood 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
7 Some sort of a finish? It overwhelms the distillery character. Too bad, because the core is good.

Oban 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Harmonious as a water colour. A full display of soft flavours. A lovely springtime whisky to enjoy with red fruit.

Old Malt Cask Bruichladdich, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Aniceand pleasant summer dram. With the right amountof fruit. Five a day ?

Old Malt Cask Glenlivet, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 A delicious dram. As pleasant a s a walk in an orchard on a sunny autumn day. Crisp,fresh and sunny

Old Malt Cask Longmorn, 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 A nice dram but a bit thin. Easy to forget.

Talisker 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.50%
7 A pleasant dram but it does have the expected nerve. Alcohol is perfectly mastered though. But one could expect better from a 30 Years Old Talisker It does not taste Talisker.

The Arran Malt 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Really disappointing.Where is the fresh lively sweet character of Arran ? Has it lost its sparkle ? This whisky seems alreadytired.Or is it me ?

The Arran Malt Robert Burns 250 Years Anniversary, 10 Years Old, 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 Acharming but whispering dram, refreshing and comforting.

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