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Whisky Magazine Issue 79

Whisky Magazine Issue 79

Whisky Magazine Issue 79

In this issue - World Whiskies Awards Edition - Best Whiskies in the World 2009

Published April 2009

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
It has been a passion of mine for quite a while escaping on two wheels. Sometimes breaking free to anywhere, and other times making a concerted effort to get from A to B covering as much ground as pos...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 5

We bring you the news,show reviews and Dave's look at the whisky world.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 6

Whisky Live Glasgow 2009
Whisky Live Glasgow Scotland's greatest whisky tasting event of the year, Whisky Live Glasgow,comes back to Glasgow in 2009 with a new date and a new venue. Bringing all the best whiskies of the world...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 9

Boom time
A huge palm tree,immaculate croquet lawns,magnificent setting and impressive whiskies… we review Whisky Live London.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 10

World Whiskies Awards
This year's competition saw more than 150 whiskies put through their paces during three rounds of tastings to win the coveted titles of “Best in the World”.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 15

Taking the pledge
Ian Mitchell charts the rise and fall of the Temperance movement in Scotland.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 21

Suntory time
Dave Broom talks plum liqueur, the boom years and Japan's drinking culture with the quiet genius behind some of country's best loved whiskies.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 24

Spirit of the times
In the first of a two part series looking at new make spirit, Ian Wisniewski considers the range of characteristics that appear in new make spirit,and how they are created.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 28

A rare bird indeed
Gavin Smith looks at the history of Phoenix Park in Dublin.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 32

Power to the people
In the latest of our series celebrating some of whisky's lesser known personalities, Dominic Roskrow catches up with David Wood, owner of The Wine Shop in Leek,Staffordshire.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 33

Buying in Berlin
Joe Bates find his experience a little disappointing but there is hope.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 34

Bowled over
Whisky Magazine's barfly slips into her bowling shoes and hits the lanes.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 36

The lure of the Spey
In the latest in our series of places to visit we look at North Speyside.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 38

Under the spanish sun
The distillery in Segovia, Spain, is one of whisky's best kept secrets and yet this year it is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Dominic Roskrow joined the fiesta.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 42

The Gathering
As Jim Morrison nearly put it in the film Wayne's World, if you book them they will come. So that's what a group of whisky nuts in The Netherlands have done. Dominic Roskrow reports...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 46

Burning Issues
How often have we read in a distillery's history a phrase along the lines of “…the following year much of the site was devastated by fire…”? Gavin D Smith investigates in the first part of our...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 48

The big cheese
Whisky and cheese is one of the best pairings to grace a dinner table, Kate Portman investigates why...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 50

Working relationship
Jefferson Chase looks at a crime thriller that does it by the book.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 71

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April 2009, Issue 79, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Springbank 11 Years Old Madeira Wood 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10%
8 Substantial,multifaceted and complex. Highest recommendation.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glann Ar Mor 2005 3 Years Old
Single Malt - France - 46.00%
8 Amazingly good for its age. Great spirit. This is one to watch.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1960 Cask 1768 Sherry Hogshead 48 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.60%
8 Superb nose,but a little dry on the tongue. Still...!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 All very gentle and softly flowing. It just lacks a little grunt.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Heaven Hill Signature
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80%
8 Great personality. Seems to have age but has the weight to balance.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ichiro's Malt Ace of Diamonds 1986 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.40%
8 Intense and packs a considerable punch.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.51 Longmorn Sweet, Rich & Fruity 1984 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40%
8 Balanced and fine. Worth a look.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Easter Elchiles Cask Selecttion 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60%
8 A sherry bomb but has sweetness.

Bunnahabhain Manzanilla Sherry Wood 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.20%
7 Well controlled. Wood just coming into play and despite the sulphur it's a pleasing light,sweet spirit.

Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
Again it's all about balance here. Subtle and versatile.

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1995 Moscatel Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
I've lost the Caol Ila.[see Talisker conclusion]

Clynelish 14 Years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
Great balance and feel.

Clynelish Distillers Edition 1992 Oloroso Seco
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
All glammed up, but with nowhere to go.

Cragganmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
A very fine,and underrated mid-weight malt.

Cragganmore Distillers Edition 1993 Port Wine
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
The finish accentuates elements which are already in the whisky without dominating and obscuring the distillery character.

Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
Underrated and charming with surprising mid-palate weight.

Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
Slightly juicier and more interesting. Good balance. This works for me.

Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1957 Cask 2 Sherry Hogshead 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.20%
7 Just too much cask influence for the sake of balance.

Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1978 Cask 626 Plain Hogshead 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60%
7 Decently balanced.

Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
Attractive and with more substance than the old 10yo.

Glenkinchie Distillers Edition 1992 Amontillado
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
More interesting. Here the finish has added a new element while not killing the distillery character.

Ichiro's Malt Ten of Clubs 1990 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 52.40%
7 It has balance but needs to be approached with cautious respect.

Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
Superb balance and complexity.

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1995 Pedro Ximenez
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
For me the complexities have been diminished rather than enhanced. It's a good drink and may be more acceptable for newbies but since when did all whisky have to be acceptable to everyone?

Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
Clean and balanced.

Oban Distillers Edition 1993 Montilla Fino
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
This works best for me. The distillery character has been retained,given a little tweak and the result is excellent.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2008
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 A bit much on its own but a great cocktail spirit.

Royal Lochnagar 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
Fresh and appealing.

Royal Lochnagar Distillers Edition 1996 Muscat
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
Lochnagar can cope with sherry but for me this is just too sweet.

Springbank 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Abelter. Highly recommended.

Talisker 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
Once again balance struck between seemingly contradictory elements.

Talisker Distillers Edition 1996 Jerez Amoroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
The problem with finishing smoky whiskies is that since you can't make them more smoky you are forced to reduce their defining character. By making them 'fruitier' or ‘sweeter' you then change the b...

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