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Whisky Magazine Issue 80

Whisky Magazine Issue 80

Whisky Magazine Issue 80

In this issue - Jim Beam - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston - Kentucky Guide and much more...

Published June 2009

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well by the time you read this in the UK I will be somewhere in Scotland on a Triumph Bonneville visiting a few distilleries to make Journey's Blend. If you are in the States or elsewhere I will proba...

June 2009, Issue 80, page 5

The view from the top
More than 30 enthusiasts, including some distillery managers, made their way to the summit of Ben Rinnes recently. The group were there for the unveiling of a toposcope, or orientation plaque, which ...

June 2009, Issue 80, page 6

Whisky Week: Join the fun
Enjoy a week of whisky celebrations throughout Scotland.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 8

First among piers
We review the recent Whisky Live New York.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 10

Taking a tasting bee
Dave discusses language,tasting honey and the art of bee keeping.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 12

Coming on song
Dominic Roskrow looks at four distilleries that have recently passed a big milestone.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 14

Weighing the Anker
Ted Bruning looks at the latest distillery to open its doors, this time in Belgium.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 18

Keeper's of the flame
Gavin D Smith continues his look at great distillery fires.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 22

A life under sail
Dave Broom talks about the ocean wave, true grit,determination and a good drop of malt with one of Britain's most iconic maritime explorers.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 24

Maturing years
Various factors influence the character of the new make spirit during maturation, and determine a malt's final flavour profile, as Ian Wisniewski finds out.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 28

Enduring Irish heritage
Gavin D.Smith looks at the legendary home of one of Ireland's celebrated whiskeys.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 32

Blackadder ploughs on
In the latest of our series celebrating some of whisky's lesser known personalities,Dominic Roskrow talks to Robin Tucek,owner of independent whisky company Blackadder.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 33

Perfectly Prague
Joe Bates heads out east to find a surprise in Eastern Europe.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 34

The lure of the Isle
The Editor packs his bags and heads north,to find a gem of a bar.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 36

A state of mind
The state of Kentucky offers the whiskey lover a great deal of choice. But there's plenty for the non bourbon drinker too.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 38

Family values
The bourbon industry is undergoing a major transformation, and its biggest player isn't going to fall behind. Dominic Roskrow reports on the changes at Jim Beam and its parent company.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 42

Distilling revolution
Liza Weisstuch looks at some of the new wave of craft distillers who have started to grab the headlines and glasses of whisky lovers.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 46

Best buys?
Ian Buxton looks at the how and why of collecting.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 51

The Spice of Life
Kate Portman takes her seat at the table for a bit of Eastern delight.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 52

Heavy plants crossing
Jefferson Chase looks at a ground breaking 50s novel.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 71

Ask the expert
If you have a question for John,send it to or by post to Questions & Answers, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House Mountergate, Norwich,England, NR1 1PY

June 2009, Issue 80, page 72

Join the debate
email the team

June 2009, Issue 80, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1979 Cask 2216
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60%
8 Fantastic.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Alberta Premium Canadian Rye 25 Years Old
Rye - Canada - 40.00%
8 Aha! it's Canadian. That explains its amenable nature. A different style.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Supernova
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90%
8 Has considerable character. Fresh, young but for peat freaks only.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Four Roses 2009 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 0.00%
8 Intriguing.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glencadam 1978 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Good, but for me just lacks the extra layer of complexity to lift it to the next level.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Russell's Reserve Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A classic rye. Bartenders, this is what you need.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old Bottled Fall 2007
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 More of a sipper than a cocktail rye.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Balvenie Golden Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.50%
8 Balanced, integrated and complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenronach Allardice 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Deep,layered and sweet with great balance. Seek it out.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Thomas H Handy
Rye - U.S.A. - 0.00%
8 Not for the fainthearted.

Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1959 Cask 3227
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.90%
6 A great vintage (!) but too long in cask for me.

Ichiro's Malt Eight of Hearts 1991
Single Malt - Japan - 56.80%
7 An intense flavour package.

Ichiro's Malt Five of Spades 2000 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 60.50%
7 Exotic herbal and vibrant.

Jim Beam Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 Lacks personality and complexity.

Laphroaig 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30%
7 The key here is balance.

Penderyn Rich Madeira Limited Edition
Single Malt - Wales - 54.30%
6 More of a cocktail than a single malt.

Penderyn Sherrywood
Single Malt - Wales - 46.00%
7 Young spirit not quite integrated with the oak ..yet.

Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 More well-mannered than Iremember.

Red Stag
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
4 What sort of delusional person dreamt this up? Who allowed it to be bottled? Hideous.

Rittenhouse Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye 4 Years Old 2005
Rye - U.S.A. - 50.00%
7 This is a clever, tricksy rye. Worth a look.

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 3 Years Old 2006
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 A solid enough performer,but lacks brio.

Sazerac Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Balanced and controlled.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 25.46 Rosebank Lemonade in a Buttercup 17 Years Old, 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
7 Balanced fresh and delicious.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27.72 Springbank Harbour-side Harmonies
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
7 Lacks integration.

The Glenronach Original 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Decent dram but seems a tad dolled up.

Tomintoul 1995 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A charmer and well done Tomintoul for taking the non-chill filtered,no colouring route. Have as a summer time aperitif.

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