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I could hardly believe my ears when I heard that the three-man Whiskey Professor team had been given the chop and not just because we gave them the Icons of Whisky awards last year. For those that do...
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The search is nearly over for the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the final round of the regional voting our focus turns to the ‘rest of the world'.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Actually, maybe that should read “reasons to be cautiously optimistic”, but it doesn't scan quite as well. Instead of the usual discursive ramblings here's some personal thoughts on some trends wh...
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There is a light
It was 10 years of progress for distilled spirits in America. Yes, the recession that closed out the decade walloped consumers globally, but the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States' finding...
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The case of Shackleton's Whisky
Emily Stone looks at the exciting Antarctic find that has the whisky world buzzing.
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The Whisky River along the Hudson
Liza Weisstuch tracks down some of the new generation of bars in the Big Apple.
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Armed with a bottle of Lagavulin 16 years Old and a bag of records, Neil J. Ridley caught up with influential music producer Youth to discuss a cyclical life, recording bands in the nude and why he's ...
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In God's distilling country
Iorwerth Griffiths explores the Ireland Whiskey Trail.
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The whisky island
Gavin D. Smith charts the distilleries of Islay.
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Top of the pods
Mark Gillespie ‘s Whisky Cast is in its fifth year of broadcasting. Dominic Roskrowspoke to him.
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A sense of place
Joe Bates finds out how the new Frankfurt store gets local.
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Whisky,worts and all
Ian Wisniewski asks, why do some distilleries have clear wort and some have cloudy wort, and what significance can this have?
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Kilbeggan's spirits rising
Iorwerth Griffiths looks at the latest developments as Cooley's distilling experiment comes of age.
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A frosty reception
Classic malt distillery Dalwhinnie is revamping its visitor experience. Dominic Roskrow spoke to the man charged with ringing the changes.
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Heart of Oak
Chris Bunting visits Japan's most maritime distillery.
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Drinking Large in the Windy City
Charles K.Cowdery finds craft cocktails in Chicago taking a whiskey spin.
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The whispering gallery
Martine Nouet finds the perfect match for the whispering whiskies requires a light hand when seasoning and careful attention in choosing delicate ingredients.
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Highland Park Earl Magnus Edition 1
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.60% 8 A refreshing and enticing dram. Charming. an easy-going complexity. Water gives it a lovely silky feel.
Berry's Own Selection Invergordon 38 Years Old 1971
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00% 8 The balance between sweet and sour is perfect. A grain whisky? I would have thought of an old bourbon.
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The smoke is omnipresent. A thick curtain which unveils luscious malty notes though. Islay on the nose and on the tongue.
Dewar Rattray Balblair 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.80% 8 A rich multi layered whisky which, surprisingly, I enjoyed better without water. The latter enhances a bitter tone.
Dewar Rattray Balmenach 26 Years Old 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 4 A complex and vibrant whisky. Like walking in an orchard on a crisp morning. A dram to clear your mind on a dull morning.
Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Not the big phenolic guy but a very refreshing islander. Smoke is well integrated and the aromatic display is elegant.
Master of Malt Laphroaig 10 Years Old 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 The perfect image of the countryside in autumn on a wet chilly morning, with a mixture of fog and smoke hovering over the fields and the woods. Very suggestive.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 27 Years Old 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20% 7 The nose is enticing but the palate is overwhelmed by the wood. And water exacerbates the astringency.
Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.30% 7 The nose has got some complexity but the palate is overwhelmed and overdried by spices. It needs water.
Dewar Rattray Glen Mhor 27 Years Old 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 7 An assertive character. A complex nose, a less enticing palate though. But water cuts the edge and makes it conversational. Needs time to “relax”.
Dewar Rattray Glen Scotia 17 Years Old 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 7 I had a suspicion at first nose. Then it seemed to open on rich aromas. But the palate unfortunately confirmed my apprehension. Can't see the point in drinking wood!
Dewar Rattray Tamdhu 12 Years Old 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 7 An enticing note and a more “square” palate. It needs water to cut the edges. Quite refreshing and invigorating for a “floral dew”.
Master of Malt Glenglassaugh 25 Years Old 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 Another oak and oak only whisky. I must have an oak-(over)sensitive palate!
Smokey Joe Islay Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 3 Probably a young whisky, with a twoface profile. Fruit on the nose, smoke on the palate. And not much more. Pleasant but simplistic.
Speciality Drinks Aberlour 16 Years Old 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A pleasant and refreshing dram, showing balance and a good malty core.
Tomatin 12 Years Old, 1997 Single Cask #4326
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 7 Lovely texture. The nose is a bit shy, the palate more expressive. Very correct but not terribly exciting.
Tomatin 1999 Tempranillo Single Cask #29457
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 6 The musty/butyric note exacerbated by the alcoholic bite, does not make an appealing concoction.
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Seasonsed Oak
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.20% 8 A brilliant example of an old bourbon. Wood influenced but in the most refined way.
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