Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well it's that time of year where I think it's good to take a moment and reflect on what has been, and to be honest this year has been a bit of a whirlwind. There have been some stunning drams releas...
December 2010, Issue 92, page 5
Evolution in North America
We review the three recent shows from Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and Los Angeles
December 2010, Issue 92, page 10
Backing the favourite
Mr Broom ponders the similarities between horse racing and the great whisky race...
December 2010, Issue 92, page 12
The finished article?
Ed Bates is a freelance whisky writer, taster and industry commentator. He has worked for various spirit companie including independent bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd
December 2010, Issue 92, page 13
Dave Broom goes in search of his inner whisky self
December 2010, Issue 92, page 14
Fruits of the sea
Dave Broom discovers eating and drinking with a seasonal twist
December 2010, Issue 92, page 18
The crest of a wave
Past rumours of Springbank's demise were greatly exaggerated. Dominic Roskrow finds a distillery in fine fettle
December 2010, Issue 92, page 22
Recording the journey
Our man meets photographic legend Albert Watson to discuss his latest project with the Macallan
December 2010, Issue 92, page 26
In search of refreshment
WM's Japanese sister magazine, WM-J takes us out on the tiles in the ancient city of Kyoto
December 2010, Issue 92, page 30
Gavin D Smith looks at one of Orkney's lost distilleries
December 2010, Issue 92, page 34
Spread the word
Regis Lemaitre has used his passion for whisky to convert hundreds of recluctant drinkers to the joys of Scotch whisky. Dominic Roskrow reports
December 2010, Issue 92, page 35
Fun in the sun
Joe Bates finds out why the sun shines down on upbeat Cannes show
December 2010, Issue 92, page 36
The angel's share
Ian Wisniewski asks how does the process of evaporation affect the ageing process of a malt whisky
December 2010, Issue 92, page 38
There's life on mars
Dave Broom visits on of Japan's least known distilleries which is about to start production again
December 2010, Issue 92, page 40
Stiring times in the Big Easy
Liza Weisstuch reports from this year's Tales of the Cocktails event
December 2010, Issue 92, page 46
Out of the ordinary
Martine Nouet meets the woman with designs on boutique chocolates
December 2010, Issue 92, page 50
A new relationship
Beer guru Roger Protz looks at some oak aged beers on the market
December 2010, Issue 92, page 58
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December 2010, Issue 92, page 70
Jefferson Chase looks at another whisky laden tome
December 2010, Issue 92, page 71
The online bidder
Jonny McCormick reports on the Italian collection sold by Christie's, London
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Bowmore 40 Years Old, 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.80% 9 Superb balance. Classic distillery character retained after four decades - no mean achievement.
Private Collection Glen Mhor 44 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Amazingly lively for such an age, and that coal smoke is a signature of distillery character still hanging on in there.
Ballantine's Christmas Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 It's Ballantine's as you've seen it before but the “Christmas” angle is well worked. Great blending.
Berry's Own Selection Caol Ila 26 Years Old, 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70% 8 I prefer this neat, but whatever your preference, this is an exceptional Caol Ila.
Bowmore 29 Years Old, 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 7 That perfume problem that bedevils old MBD malts knocks this back.
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old 2010
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 7 A powerful distillate which is best neat.
Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 4 Stylish. Though the oak has a big say, the spirit is holding its own well.
George T. Stagg 17 Years Old 2010
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.50% 8 When neat it's so strong it feels like your mouth is bleeding. Cut down, as ever it's hugely impressive - but would anyone ever have more than one?
Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60% 7 Opportunistic marketing? Undoubtedly, but it's a cracking dram.
Knob Creek Single Barrel 9 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.00% 8 Interesting how a few years ago an 8yo bourbon would have been considered old, yet here you can still pick put ‘youthful' vibrancy.
Limeburner's Barrel M39 2008
Single Malt - Australia - 43.00% 7 It's young, but the spirit is clean and sound.
Limeburner's Barrel M40
Single Malt - Australia - 61.00% 7 Another which shows real promise. Just needs more integration to lose the rawness. Have patience guys!
Limeburner's M59 2009
Single Malt - Australia - 48.00% 6 The whisky's (just) at the additive rather than interactive stage and while it will (hopefully) settle down (though that farmyard note is a little worrying) there's really no point in bottling somethi...
Mackmyra Special:05 Happy Hunting
Single Malt - Sweden - 47.20% 7 It is of its style, which is one in its restraint and coolness is becoming increasingly potent. For me this just needs a little energy to lift it into excellence.
Private Collection Longmorn 46 Years Old, 1964
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 7 I'm the biggest fan of Longmorn but here the distillery's lost in an oak forest.
Sazerac 16 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00% 4 A very very classy mature rye. Highly recommended for the decadent boulevardiers among you.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Honey Harvest 13 Years Old 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Has substance but light enough to make a fine aperitif/Highball.
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