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Whisky Magazine Issue 93

Whisky Magazine Issue 93

Whisky Magazine Issue 93

In this issue - Four Roses - Mount Vernon - Old Crow Distillery and much more

Published January 2011

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
Well here we go, hurtling into a new year. Looking ahead makes me wonder what we are going to find in our glasses this year, how much it's going to cost and how we are going to hear about it. I have a...

January 2011, Issue 93, page 5

Future Casting
Our experts open their almanacs and explore the challenges facing the industry in 2011

January 2011, Issue 93, page 6

Artic ice bound
Old Pulteney and explorer Jock Wishart have revealed the winner of Pole Position, their unique global competition to find the sixth and final crew member of a pioneering arctic expedition – The Old ...

January 2011, Issue 93, page 10

Double Success in Africa
Year eight of the FNB Whisky Live Festival, which took place in November in Cape Town and Johannesburg, has cemented the festival's reputation of being the largest, liveliest and most entertaining whi...

January 2011, Issue 93, page 10

Absolute Beginners
dave Broom recalls his first encounter with the water of life

January 2011, Issue 93, page 12

Faking It
Josephine McDermott is a China commentator. She has reported on China for three years and writes for the Weekly World edition of the Daily Telegraph

January 2011, Issue 93, page 13

Has Kentucky Lost it's Mojo
Is Kentucky in danger of losing its special place in the hearts of whiskey lovers? Some say the decline has already begun. Charles K. Cowdery finds out...

January 2011, Issue 93, page 14

Whiskies Get Fatter
Naren Young looks at the latest trend of fat washing whiskies

January 2011, Issue 93, page 18

A Little Piece of History
Once, Old Crow was synonymous with quality bourbon, but for some years it has been lost in the wilderness. Now it's set a new lease of life. Dominic Roskrow reports

January 2011, Issue 93, page 22

The Jewel of Orkney
Neil J. Ridley talks to Scottish jewellery designer Maeve Gilles about the inspiration behind Highland Park's 50 Year Old

January 2011, Issue 93, page 26

A Region of Subtlety
Gavin D. Smith takes us through this often maligned producing region

January 2011, Issue 93, page 30

Western Losses
Campbeltown once boasted scores of distilleries. Now most are gone. Gavin D. Smith tells their story

January 2011, Issue 93, page 34

Enduring Legacy
Isabel Graham-Yooll is a key driving force behind one of the world's most iconic whisky shops. Dominic Roskrow

January 2011, Issue 93, page 35

Whisky Gems
Dublin airport launches new Irish Whisky showcase, Joe Bates reports

January 2011, Issue 93, page 37

Have you got Worms?
Ian Wisniewski ask what role do condensers play when producing malt whisky

January 2011, Issue 93, page 38

Bringing Bourbon Back Home
Four Roses is in its ascendancy, Marcin Miller finds out why and Dave Broom looks at the technical side that sets this brand apart

January 2011, Issue 93, page 40

George and the Distilled Peach
Liza Weisstuch joins a group of distillers bringing history back to life

January 2011, Issue 93, page 50

From the Chef's Table
The Editor joins a small group of writers and foodies for a preview of Glenfiddich's Burns supper experience

January 2011, Issue 93, page 54

Join the Debate
email the team editorial@whiskymag.com

January 2011, Issue 93, page 70

Riverside Tales
Jefferson Chase delves into another whisky laced tome

January 2011, Issue 93, page 71

Up and Up
Jonny McCormick on a record breaking month

January 2011, Issue 93, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Midleton Single Cask 1991 10 Years Old
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 53.70%
8 Complex, subtle. Recommended quite a bunch this issue.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Lagavulin 1989 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50%
8 Pent up power and energy. Lagavulin at its best. A must-buy.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Brora 1980 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30%
8 This will be recognised as one of the finest Brora bottlings. Snap it up.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Talisker 1981 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
8 The best so far in this series of 30yo Taliskers but to be nit-picky about it just a little more activity from the cask would have elevated it still further.

Auchroisk 1997 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10%
8 Good to see Auchroisk finally getting a bottling which does it justice.

Balblair 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A very subtle, and discreet Balblair but another addition to what has become a compelling range.

Caol Ila 1997 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60%
7 All very poised and pleasant, but apart from its unusual provenance (an unpeated Caol Ila) not exceptional.

Connemara Turf Mor 3 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 58.20%
6 Way, way too young.

Cragganmore 1989 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
7 I'd want more for a 21Year Old. Disappointing.

Fort Glen The Blender's Reserve 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Perfectly OK, but a bit whisky by numbers.

Fort Glen The Distiller's Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Hard nose and lacking in individuality.

Glen Spey 1988 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40%
8 It has a sweet punch and some will love this overtly oaky style. I'm not wholly convinced about what it's done to the overall balance.

Glenkinchie 1990 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10%
8 Impressive..

Jameson Select Reserve Small Batch
Blended - - 43.00%
7 Well put together.

Lion's Pride Dark Oat
Oat - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 This is weird.

Lion's Pride Dark Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 Handy if you need to clean your nails I suppose.

Lion's Pride Oat
Oat - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 Young and gawky, but there's something stirring.

Lion's Pride Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 Yet more immature whisky on the market - why? It's not doing the distiller, or the consumer any favours.

Midleton Single Cask 1996
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
7 Delicate and charming.

Port Ellen 1978 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
7 Another evolution in the Port Ellen saga. Less austere but also less overtly smoky. Fascinating.

Three Ships 10 Years Old
Single Malt - South Africa - 43.00%
7 Precocious. A fantastic 10yo and marked accordingly.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Well put together.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Salt & Pepper 1997
Blended - Scotland - 56.20%
7 Has good balance and decent complexity.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A perfectly pleasant and slightly plump dram.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Another which collapses with water.

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Maple Wood
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 47.20%
7 Deep, rich. The final recommendation from a cracking bunch.

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