From the Editor
The price of whisky in British shops comes tumbling down at Christmas every year. Five pounds off a bottle of malt is common; £1.50 off a blend. “Great,” is our reaction to such a situation. The...
April 2000, Issue 9, page 5
Michael Jackson joins the poitin patrol, in prepartation for St Patrick's Day on Friday 17 March.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 7
Sympathy for the devil
Whisky is rock's decadent badge of credibility. Dave Broom rhapsodises about the bohemians whose primal screams reveal an inspired but tortured relationship with the bottle.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 14
Desert island malts
Derek Cooper, the winner of the 1999 Glenfiddich Lifetime Achievement award, reveals his selection of the eight favourite whiskies he would take to a desert island and includes the world's first organ...
April 2000, Issue 9, page 18
The gentle art of blending
Blended whiskies are too often dismissed as the poor relation of single malts, but as Dr Jim Swan reveals, their creation is extraordinarily complex.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 22
Bladnoch's bold revival
Gavin Smith retraces the resurrection of Scotland's most southerly distillery, and discovers why it is being directed by an Irishman.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 28
Do you always know your blend from your malt? See who got it right when whisky magazine hosted a blind tasting.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 32
A rare breed (Wild Turkey)
Wild Turkey is an old-fashioned American spirit, full of character, with an ability to seduce all-comers. Stuart Maclean-Ramsay pays his respects.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 38
A unique taste of Ireland
Jamie Walker had revived the Adelphi name after nearly a century. Ken Hyder talks to the man whose cask crusade promises to widen the horizons of Irish Whiskey and Scotch drinkers.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 48
Irish Whiskey is entering a golden age hanks to the efforts of entrepreneurs such as Mark Andrews, Gary Regan met this king of Knappogue Castle.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 52
Why 1 is never enough
You can't mistake the taste of Irish Whiskey in Gallweys' award-winning chocolate truffles. Maisha Frost forgets the calorie counting to report on a luxurious confection that is in a class of its own
April 2000, Issue 9, page 56
Return of the rye
The bad guy's whiskey is set to leap off the history shelves and stage a magnificent revival. Scott Aiges makes an irresistable case for procurring some bottles.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 59
Glenmorangie's creative relationship with wine barrels has produced some radical and fascinating results, Maragaret Rand reports on the progression so far.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 62
Peter the great
Restless genius Peter Mackie was a true champion of malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne describes the life of the whisky baron who created the White Horse.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 66
Englishman Adam Edward relaxes his stiff upper lip to reveal a life-long passion.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 70
A malt for all moods (Lord Thurso)
Jane Slade talks to Lord Thurso, a Patron of the Qaich, about his family, his castle and his long love affair with Scotch.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 72
In conversation with Robert Hicks
Charles Maclean talks to Robert Hicks, the master blender at Allied Distillers.
April 2000, Issue 9, page 90
Adelphi Linkwood 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 8 Linkwood always evokes thoughts of sweetmeats, sometimes delicate, on other occasions more robust. This is in the latter mood: down-to-earth sweetness.
Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Not from a particularly peaty period, but packed with Ardbeg's other flavours. Wonderfully distinctive.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Is Black Label a great whisky? Was Dizzy Gillespie a great musician?
Teacher's Highland Cream
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Malty, even creamy, but never cloying. Big and sustaining. The whisky world's answer to Kendal Mint Cake.
Springbank 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Scores extra points for complexity.
Adelphi Clynelish 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.80% 7 I normally rate Clynelish very highly, but this bottling leaves its fireworks until the last minute, and with more heat than light.
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Very gentle, but a precise clarity of flavours. Drink while listening to Vivaldi.
Bell's Extra Special Aged 8 Years
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Assertive but rounded. A wonderfully satisfying whisky. Enormously improved since its (and my) younger days.
Bennachie 10 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Light but pleasant.
Bennachie 17 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Light but pleasant, with some delicacy and complexity.
Bennachie 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It would take a particularly good parcel of this malt to mature for 21 years.
Cadenhead's 13 Years Old, Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 65.90% 7 Despite this being older, it is less astringently woody than the similar five-year-old.
Cadenhead's Bourbon 5 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.00% 6 Just too woody for me, though a good splash of water brings out the other flavours.
Chivas Regal 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The flavours tail off, as though the whisky is going to sleep. Smooth and easy, but lacks liveliness. Springtime never quite blossoms into summer.
Cutty Sark Original Scots
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 The flavours are tightly combined. I imagine exploring them late at night in a vaguely disreputable bar in the tropics. Perhaps it's the name.
Dewar's White Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Decisive, cleansing and refreshing. A civilised apéritif before oysters Rockefeller and a New York strip steak.
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Creates the illusion of being massively more malty than it really is. Very good extraction of flavours from the wood seems to be the secret (or part of it). I am in awe of the dexterity of the blender...
Formidable Jock 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Smooth and pleasant.
Formidable Jock Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 5 Overwhelmed by sugary sweetness.
J & B Rare
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 Some very enjoyable flavours, but lacking in dimension for me. I'll try it again at bedtime.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Full of youthful daring, but with enough stamina to last all night (this means that you and your buddy will probably drink the whole bottle).
William Grant's The Family Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 I have always felt this blend to lack dimension but, as it warmed in the glass, more flavours emerged, especially heathery-peaty elements. Also a more honeyed, malty fullness.
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