Clear as glass
Over 60 guests attended Whisky Magazine's inaugural reader dinner for an exceptional tasting of a range of Aberlour single malts. Marcin Miller was there
February 2000, Issue 8, page
From the editor
Is it possible to compile an objective hierarchy of malts?
February 2000, Issue 8, page 5
Lithuanian mead put Michael Jackson on the malt laden road. Here he talks about some friends he met along the way
February 2000, Issue 8, page 7
Michael Palin's whisky adventure
As well known for his international travelogues as his insane antics in Monty Python, Michael Palin, a New Year's honours list CBE, is one of Britain's most popular stars. Here he tells Damian Riley-S...
February 2000, Issue 8, page 8
Grown-up & glamorous
Retro luxury pervades the whisky bars of San Francisco as Larry Walker found out when he did a little relaxing West Coast style
February 2000, Issue 8, page 20
Pot of gold
Ireland is rich in myths about the magic powers of poitin, the aromatic spirit that was distilled illegally for centuries. But now it has a new life on the right side of the law. Susy Atkins traces it...
February 2000, Issue 8, page 24
God bless Herr Bourbon
Heinz Taubenheim's grand passions have made him the toast of the American whiskey world. Susanne and Juergen Deibel meet the genie behind the bourbon bottles
February 2000, Issue 8, page 28
Where small is very beautiful (Edradour)
History lives at Edradour, the world's smallest Scotch whisky distillery, where traditional whisky-making methods remain unchanged to this day. Jane Slade describes the pleasures on offer when she sli...
February 2000, Issue 8, page 30
In the pink
Margaret Rand's taste buds were transported when she feasted on game dishes flavoured with whisky created by top chef David Chambers
February 2000, Issue 8, page 34
The Mark of a classic (Maker's Mark)
Hand-made Maker's Mark bourbon tastes irresistibly good. Stuart MacLean Ramsay describes an enthralling encounter with Kentucky's alchemists
February 2000, Issue 8, page 38
Sense and sensibility
Marcin Miller receives an education in whisky detection
February 2000, Issue 8, page 45
Jazzin' with the dram
London's first malt and cigar bar is now the capital's finest Scottish restaurant with a huge selection of whiskies. Jane Slade went to investigate
February 2000, Issue 8, page 46
he whisky label is a treasure trove of information if you know how to crack the codes. Graham Moore reveals all
February 2000, Issue 8, page 50
Cut and thrust on the Royal Mile
Young entrepreneur Keir Sword is going places with Scotch. Marcin Miller met up with him at his shop on Edinburgh's famous thoroughfare
February 2000, Issue 8, page 52
The glass of whisky in my hand is a pale, straw gold with the faint aroma of pears. Its flavour is gentle, understated and above all smooth. So smooth that someone, after probably at least a bottle, w...
February 2000, Issue 8, page 54
The best is yet to come
Handsome dividends could be in store for whisky drinkers and the Scotch industry, now Scotland has its own government.Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports
February 2000, Issue 8, page 58
Grand masters of malt
Gordon & MacPhail brought malt whisky to the people. Ken Hyder salutes the legendary pioneers who have always done it their way
February 2000, Issue 8, page 60
Drawing in the drinks
Art and commerce can be a potent cocktail and one of which distillers are becoming increasingly aware . Annie Davies looks at the success of designer bottles and labels
February 2000, Issue 8, page 64
Cadenhead's 10 Years Old, Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 I especially like bourbons when they are big and robust. This is both hearty and complex. A wonderful winter warmer.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition, Pedro Ximenez Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 What it loses in character it gains in a different dimension of distinctiveness.
The Macallan 1979 18 Years Old, Gran Reserva
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Strictly for lovers of powerfully oaked whiskies.
Aberlour 15 Years Old, Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Complex and sophisticated.
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.
Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 All the woods are influential, especially the port in the finish. A dextrous balancing act.
Cragganmore 1984 Distillers Edition, Ruby Port Finish, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Connoisseurs might miss the austerity of the original – or enjoy the added layer of fruity, winey, sweetness.
Glen Moray 1971 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Glen Moray has never been seen as a glamorous malt, but it gains mystery with maturity.
Glenmorangie Fino Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 A marriage made in heaven.
Glenmorangie Madeira Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 The madeira almost overwhelms the whisky, but the Glenmorangie saltiness finally sings.
Oban Distillers Edition, Montilla
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Demonstrably an evocative whisky. Salty and winey, but neither as overt as in the comparable Glenmorangie Fino.
Talisker The Distiller's Edition Amoroso Sherry
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 Sensational (both literally and figuratively).
The Balvenie 12 Years Old, Double Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Delicious.
The Balvenie 21 Years Old PortWood
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60% 9 The full, honeyed, richness of the malt combines beautifully with what seems to be a generous kiss of port.
The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very satisfying.
The Macallan 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A lovely whisky in its own right, but not quite as layered as the best vintages.
Adelphi Shannon Grain Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Grain - Ireland - 67.30% 6 Flavoursome for a grain, but neither especially clean nor well rounded.
Adelphi Slaney Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Malt - Ireland - 0.00% 7 Pleasant, soothing, sociable.
Adelphi Suir Peated Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Lacks the rich smokiness of Connemara.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Let the flavours unfold. Enjoy the complexity.
Dalwhinnie 1981, Distillers Edition, Oloroso Sherry
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Beautiful interplay and balance.
Glen Moray 16 Years Old, Chenin Blanc Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Less delicate and scenty, but more satisfying. More wine, but more of everything else.
Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Do you smoke after sex? No I have a port finish.
Glenmorangie Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Quite heavily sherried, but the distillery character turns out to be surprisingly resilient.
Gordon & MacPhail Ardmore 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 I have always thought of Ardmore as having a rather bluff character, but on this occasion I found it both welcoming and comforting.
Gordon & MacPhail Scapa 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 I am not sure about that sulphur. Is it from the cask, or is it seaweedy? I usually like seaweed, but am not convinced by this bottling.
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