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Whisky Magazine Issue 88

Whisky Magazine Issue 88

Whisky Magazine Issue 88

In this issue - Benromach Distillery - Incense - Sherry Casks - WIN Four Days at Bowmore and much more...

Published June 2010

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well finally things are warming up here and it looks like summer might eventually be round the corner, and I for one cannot wait. Once again this year will see me and the BBC's Tom Morton hitting the...

June 2010, Issue 88, page 5

Spy
Arctic adventure Scots born explorer Jock Wishart and Old Pulteney whisky have unveiled a remarkable mission to conquer what could be one of the world's last great ‘firsts': to row to one of the ...

June 2010, Issue 88, page 6

Get focussed with Bowmore
If you needed any more incentive to get out there snapping, Bowmore has come up with a superb series of prizes.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 8

Whisky Live around the world
WHISKYLIVE SYDNEY 28th August 2010 Taste your way around the world of whisky on Saturday 28th August 2010. Whisk Live Sydney offers a fabulous selection of great whiskies. Talk to whisky producers and...

June 2010, Issue 88, page 9

Show time
LONDON Celebrating 10 years of tastings, tutorials and time spent exploring the world of whisky, London's premiere whisky tasting event, Whisky Live London threw its doors open recently to all those ...

June 2010, Issue 88, page 10

In memorial
Dave pays tribute to South Africa's Mr Whisky.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 12

In a Northern glass
Tom Morton, BBC broadcaster and writer gives us his view of the whisky world from the Shetland archipelago.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 13

The English Revolution
Could we be on the edge of a English distilling revival, Neil J. Ridley looks to the past for an answer and Dominic Roskrow looks at the current legal side of the issue.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 14

A perfumed world
Dave Broom explores the sensory experience of incense.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 20

The way of the cocktail
Liza Weisstuch meets the Japanese master of the bartending world.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 26

Away from the crowds
Visiting Kentucky or Tennesse? Why not get off the tourist trail and pep up your visit by seeking out the Underbelly of each state? Dominic Roskrow finds the weird among the wonderful.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 30

The lost legion
Gavin D. Smith looks at the Perthshire region.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 34

Stepping up
William C. Meyers was one of three writers tasked with updating Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion for a sixth edition. So who is he?

June 2010, Issue 88, page 35

Reaching Madrid
Joe Bates braves volcano-related travel chaos to visit Madrid Barajas Airport.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 36

Controlling the burn
Ian Wisniewski asks what is the effect of toasting or charring casks, and how does this influence the character of malt whisky?

June 2010, Issue 88, page 38

Striking a balance
Benromach is a small distillery but it's starting to punch above its weight. As Dominic Roskrow reports, it's a perfect balance of old and new.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 40

You don't flask, you don't get
You'll find the hip flask in every distillery across the world. How did such a simple and practical item become the midfield general of the gift shop. Joel Harrison reports.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 46

Who's afraid of the sherried beaties
Gavin D. Smith looks at whether sherried whiskies are still relevant to whisky drinkers.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 48

From Akons to Oak Barrels
It might not seem the most obvious of pairings but as Charles K. Cowdery discovers, pig and whiskey is a match made in heaven.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 56

Join the debate
Competition please Joe Bates' reports about the whisky offering at different airports prompted me to express my opinion. I think the whisky offering at the airports has become very uniform and steril...

June 2010, Issue 88, page 70

The odd couple
Jefferson Chase looks at a well observed American tale.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 71

Ask the expert
Karen from Whisky Live Festival suggested I get hold of you as you may be able to help. I have a bottle of White Heather Deluxe 15 Years Old Scotch Whisky in a square decanter type bottle, it's unopen...

June 2010, Issue 88, page 72

It's Islay Time
Jonny McCormick examines how a clutch of Feis Ilé bottlings fared at auction.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Highland Park 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60%
8 Sheer classiness and head and shoulders above the rest for me.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Supernova 2010
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.10%
8 A head-cleaning experience. Not for the fainthearted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Highland Park 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Strangely similar to a golden rum - albeit a smoky one.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Highland Park 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 For those with a sweeter palate.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Highland Park 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Balanced and lightly complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Maker's Mark 46
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
8 Energetic and with considerable class. Highly recommended.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Maybe just a little too eager to please, but maybe I'm just too hard to please.

Chichibu Newborn (Cask #127)
Blended - Japan - 62.50%
Clean and well made with a few of the unformed notes of youth. Evidence of great potential.

Chichibu Newborn (Cask #447: Double Matured, Unpeated 1 Year Old)
Single Malt - Japan - 0.00%
This is all about the wood and while I can see the commercial interest this is just an interesting experiment that's been bottled. Personally, I prefer it in refill and am willing to wait.

Chichibu Newborn Cask #126
Single Malt - Japan - 0.00%
Shows that there's complexity. Evidence that Chichibu is one to watch.

Chichibu Newborn Heavily Peated Cask #451
Single Malt - Japan - 0.00%
Has more presence than cask 447 thanks to the smoke which allows the spirit to show through some pretty domineering oak. A market for a developing style.

Early Times 150th Anniversay
Blended - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Stylish, but the finish knocks it back a few points for me.

Sweet Tea Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 30.00%
3 30%? Can this even say bourbon on the label? Should an abomination like this even be allowed to be bottled?

Tullibardine Pure Pot Spirit
Single Malt - Scotland - 69.10%
Shows what a good base spirit is being made here –but this can only be used in reference to the bottled mature product (when you can see how good the wood has been).

Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 If it's a chimney it's one above a sweet shop.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Nice.. really nice but not with a wow factor.

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