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Whisky Magazine Issue 99

Whisky Magazine Issue 99

Whisky Magazine Issue 99

In this issue - Charley Boorman - Drayman's Distillery - A drinker's guide to Paris - Micro Distilling and much more...

Published October 2011

Welcome to Whisky Magazine
The word 'blended' whisky seems to be one that divides the drinking public, and possibly the worst reaction you can get from people is the opinion that single malts are best and blends are somehow inf...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 5

Celebrate Good Times
We are delighted to invite you to an exclusive tasting event for Whisky Magazine readers: an evening of single cask, single malts and a sumptuous three course dinner at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 6

John's Private Cask
Canadian distiller John Hall's unceasing travels from coast to coast across Canada have made him the best known distiller in the country. Each September Hall invites Canadian whisky aficionados to vi...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 6

Laddich's Own
Independently owned Islay distillery Bruichladdich launched its first 10 Years Old single malt whisky since reopening in May 2001 under new ownership. Employees, islanders and other guests joined the...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 6

In the Palace
If you are ever in the Irish capital and have an hour to kill, you could do worse than spend it at the Palace Bar on Fleet Street. You won't be the first person to spend an idle hour there, as this pu...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 8

Upstairs Downstairs
Dave looks at how whisky has created a divide between itself and other spirits, and why this is not necessarily a good thing, particularly for brand Scotch.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 12

Age Concern
Tom BG began writing about drink 20 years ago, starting with wine and progressing to whisky when he moved back to Scotland in 1998. He has worked for The Sunday Telegraph, Decanter, Harpers and Whisky...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 13

Man on a Mission
Neil Ridley meets the biker, presenter, adventurer and whisky lover...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 14

The Art of Craft
Scott Spolverino looks at the rise of micro distillers.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 20

Three Craft Case Studies
Dave Broom profiles three different companies.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 22

The Canadian View
We are optimistic about Canada's craft distilling industry,” says Barry Bernstein. He's the voice of Still Waters Distillery based in Toronto, Ontario. From Okanagan Spirits, 2,500 miles further wes...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 26

Speaking Out
Dave Broom meets the voice of the craft distilling movement.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 28

Shaping Copper
Ian Wisniewski asks what are the options for a distiller when ordering a pot still, and what does the process entail?

October 2011, Issue 99, page 30

Out of the Box
Gavin D. Smith looks at the latest Swedish distilling adventure.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 32

First and Last
Neil Wilson visits a vision in the making.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 34

Don't be Vague
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Haig brand.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 36

A Voyage of Discovery
Martine Nouet takes us through the gems of French distilling.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 39

High Veldt Drifter
Dave Broom gets a whirlwind tour and finds a man with whisky passion.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 42

The Goodwood Revival
Coopering apprentice Neil Ridley tries his hand at making a cask.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 46

City of Light
Paris by night has been unanimously praised in literature and travel guides. You may all have done it, walk down the Champs-Elysées at Christmas time or sit on a bench at the end of l'Ile-Saint-Loui...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 50

A Meeting of Minds
Joel Harrison heads to Leeds to check out an excellent food and whisky menu.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 56

Worth the Wait
Jefferson Chasefinishes his look at Swedish crime fiction.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 70

Market Wobbles
Should we be concerned when the WMI falls? Jonny McCormick explains.

October 2011, Issue 99, page 74

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scott's Selection Highland Park 20 Years Old 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50%
8 What a great dram! Complex and beaming. I like it better neat.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive, 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The style of soothing dram you enjoy in summer on a warm afternoon. It will not fly you to the moon but it will take your stress away.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ardbeg Alligator
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20%
8 A big islander, well structured and well balanced. Just a dash of water is enough to enhance the flavours.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Pulteney Isabella Fortuna WK499
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A charming dram. Rich, elegant, vibrant. A perfect uplifting cordial.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Tomatin 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Elegant, intricate and enticing. Mozart with the depth of Beethoven and the agile touch of Liszt?

Antiquary 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
An excellent (and sadly overlooked) blend.

Auchentoshan 11 Years Old 1999 Bordeaux Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00%
8 An interesting and invigorating autumn dram which needs water to cut the edges.

Ballantine's 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
In a clear line to Finest, but more bedded onto the tongue.

Ballantine's 17 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Ripe, elegant and complex and always that Ballantine's precision.

Ballantine's 30 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Very polished. Fascinating how while precision is retained the range shifts from floral to deep.

Ballantine's Finest
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
A clean, fresh young mixer.

Benromach Burgundy Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 Give this whisky time to open on a sweeter side.

Black Bull 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 50.00%
Rich and balanced.

Black Bull 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.20%
Long and serious.

Bladnoch 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
7 The nose is sweeter than the palate. Water takes away some of the astringency but leaves a bitter taste.

Cattos 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 What a surprising whisky. The nose is so shy that you expect a bland palate. And here you are, with a lovely array of fruity flavours. You definitely can't tell a sausage by the skin (one of my favour...

Chivas Regal 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Clean and light.

Chivas Regal 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Has richness, but is always also being pulled up adding a top layer of fragrance. Loses the impact with water, so I'd have it neat or with one rock.

Clan MacGregor
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Pleasing and workmanlike.

Compass Box Great King Street
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
A newcomer immediately holding its own. Has more succulent, yet soft weight than most in its style.

Cutty Sark
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Light but balanced.

Cutty Sark 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Spicier than the standard, but the lifted purity of flavour which defines the house style is there.

Cutty Sark 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Elegant, smooth and graceful.

Cutty Sark Black
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Decent, but not sure where this fits into the range.

Dewar's 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
A smooth, steel fist in an ornate velvet glove.

Dewar's 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Clean, unctuous and ripe. Seamless.

Dewar's Signature
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Slightly understated and therefore needs time to be worked at by the drinker.

Dewar's White Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Very good balance, as well as having the vibrancy you want in this type of blend.

Drambuie 15 Years Old
Whisky Liqueur - Scotland - 43.00%
7 There is a trick here ! Can't be a whisky. A whiskey liqueur for sure. So hard to score. Would be pleasant on ice. So, this is it, Drambuie!

English Whisky Co Chapter 11 Heavily Peated 3 Years Old
Single Malt - England - 59.70%
7 So difficult to score an infant ! All I can say is that there is a potential.

Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A dour character which lifts up on the nose but not on the palate.

Grant's 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Seems more mature than its age. A rich, complex blend.

Grant's 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Clearly the 12 Years Old's bigger and darker brother.

Grant's 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
More lifted than the 12 and 18. The perfumed note is rather dominant.

Grant's The Family Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
A teasing mix of sweet and dry. One of the best ‘standards'.

Hankey Bannister 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Solid and dependable.

Hankey Bannister 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Perky but with lovely balance.

Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 44.00%
Multi-award winning –and you can see why. Mature, complex and elegant.

Hankey Bannister Original
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Lightly peppery coriander seed.

Hibiki 12 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
A combination of Japanese purity and intensity of aroma and the use of some plum-cask matured whisky gives a complex and multifaceted result - it's what blending should be.

Hibiki 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
Seamless flow allowing flavours to slowly change - no edges, no joins.

Highland Park Earl Haakon
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
7 That whisky definitely needs water. But it lacks balance and charm. The alcohol is not mastered.

J & B
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Another in that light, post-Prohibition style.

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
The freshness of Red has been replaced by chewy mellow notes. Big flavour. Exemplary blending.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Again the smoke, again the richness of character.

Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Unctuous and smooth.

Johnnie Walker Red Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
The key here is how it performs dilute where the smoothness is accentuated but without eliminating the defining energy.

Kornog Sant Ivy 2011
Single Malt - France - 57.80%
7 A thirst quenching dram. Too harsh neat. A good dash of water tames it. Obviously young. But structured.

Label 5 Classic Black
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Pretty simple.

Label 5 Finest Blend 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Seems young and not quite integrated.

Matisse Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
For those with a sweeter tooth.

Matisse Old Blended Scotch
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A well balanced dram but it would have gained more being bottled at a higher strength.

Nikka From the Barrel
Blended - Japan - 51.40%
Richness and power.

Old Pulteney Good Hope WK209
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.00%
8 An outdoor dram which comes back indoors as it opens. For a winter warmer up.

Rare Auld Cragganmore 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
8 Deep and rich. The sherry has overwhelmed the distillery character. But a beautiful oaky expression. And a characterful profile.

Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Ripeness and weight is the key here. A gentle monarch.

Royal Salute Hundred Casks
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Less effusive and open than the 21 but the depth is mysterious and rewarding as well.

Scott's Selection Invergordon 1964 47 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 43.80%
8 An enticing oldie. But I bet it was in a better shape a few years ago.

Scott's Selection North British 1989 22 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 54.00%
7 Definitely on the sweet side. The alcohol is well mastered. A bit uni-dimensional though. Water does not bring out much more.

Scott's Selection Tomatin 1988 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60%
7 A dram which needs time to open. Good balance, some complexity and firm body.

Scottish Leader
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
In the W&M camp of soft, fat and fruity.

Teacher's Highland Cream
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Neither as covered up as some or as exposed as others, this is a classic, bold old style blend.

The Black Grouse
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Integrated and balanced.

The Famous Grouse
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
This is a subtle and clever blend.

World Whiskies Design Awards 2012 - Best Bottle - Winner

The Naked Grouse
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Powerful, individual and bold. The power of the oak is balanced by the richness of the fruit.

Tomatin Decades
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A well balanced dram. With a good malty heart.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King, 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A lovely whisky with a hole in the middle ! A higher alcohol strength would have made a big difference.

Whyte & Mackay 13 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Big-boned and full.

Whyte & Mackay 19 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
Bold and characterful.

Whyte & Mackay 22 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
Slick and powerful.

Whyte & Mackay 30 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.00%
A big, bold blend showing great mastery of aged stock.

William Lawson's
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
A walk on the greener side.

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