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Brands and Distilleries : Adelphi

Issue 121 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

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Adelphi Suir Peated Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00%
7 Lacks the rich smokiness of Connemara.

Adelphi Balmenach 1990, 11 Years Old, Cask 507
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70%
8 Can whiskies be handsome and romantic? This is a seductive bottling.

Adelphi Bladnoch 22 Years Old, Single cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 On the dry side for this whisky.

Adelphi Bruichladdich 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Interesting, but not typical.

Adelphi Bruichladdich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40%
7 It is more substantial than people think, as this bottling shows.

Adelphi Caol Ila 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 A curiously insipid bottling.

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.

Adelphi Clynelish 12 Years Old, Cask 3280
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
7 Pungent and vibrant but lacks the beautiful Clynelish style.

Adelphi Clynelish 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
8 The most oily of the three, and very assertive in the finish.

Adelphi Clynelish 1989, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70%
8 Not the most peaty Clynelish I have tasted, but a lovely, distinctive whisky.

Adelphi Clynelish 1995, Cask 12783
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30%
8 Quite a character. Water mellows the spicy burn. Would match well with a chicken “à la crème”.

Adelphi Clynelish 27 Years Old, Cask 2568
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30%
8 A robust, straight-ahead Clynelish, which is a great thing.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Adelphi Dailuaine 21 Years Old, Cask 4150
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
8 The confident virtues of a good Speyside whisky: malt, heather and peat. Well-combined but without either refinements or flourishes.

Adelphi Dalmore 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
7 A big, rich bottling, but some of the Dalmore character has been overpowered.

Adelphi Glenlossie 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90%
8 Holds up very well in the middle but the woodiness at the end is overpowering.

Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90%
8 Glen Grant is a delicate whisky and does not always benefit from long maturation. This bottling is on the cusp. The distillery character can still be discerned, but only just.

Adelphi Glen Grant 1970, 27 Years Old, Cask 7638
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
7 Enough character and complexity to withstand the heavy oakiness, but beginning to show its age.

Adelphi Glen Grant 1970, 31 Years Old, Cask 1036
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.40%
7 The better balanced of these two Glen Grants. The more integrated flavours. Seems to have matured better.

Adelphi Highland Park 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 I like the richness but lacks the balance, roundness and complexity of a great Highland Park.

Adelphi Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90%
8 This bottling does not have the heathery profile of the official bottlings. Drink with water.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Adelphi Highland Park 17 Years Old, Cask 2903
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
9 That dance might have been led by Fred Astaire. The great all-rounder in lean and energetic mood. Makes it look easy. Try it with a late-night movie.

Adelphi Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 47.10%
7 A rich grain whisky on the fruity side. Interesting.

Adelphi Knockdhu 1989, 12 Years Old, Cask 286
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60%
7 Delicious. Perilously drinkable. Drink it with dessert. No, pour it all over the ice-cream.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Adelphi Port Ellen 1975, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%
8 Seems to have faded slightly with age.

Adelphi Rosebank 1992, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00%
8 The aroma promised much, but the palate is curiously drying. Rosebank was never peaty, and this is too young to be woody, so I don't know the origin of that harshness.

Adelphi Royal Brackla 27 Years Old, Cask 5467
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.50%
7 The best Brackla I have tasted. Night-cap?

Adelphi Shannon Grain 1991, 9 Years Old, Cask 10839
Single Grain - Ireland - 67.30%
6 For a grain whiskey, it has plenty of flavours, but they do not hang together very well.

Adelphi Shannon Grain Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Grain - Ireland - 67.30%
6 Flavoursome for a grain, but neither especially clean nor well rounded.

Adelphi Slaney Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Malt - Ireland - 0.00%
7 Pleasant, soothing, sociable.

Adelphi Tamdhu 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 Judging from the very pale colour, the wood did not have much positive input. Hence, perhaps, the lack of Tamdhu's sometime elegance.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Adelphi Teaninich 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 Well-matured, amazing for its age.

Adelphi The Macallan 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 I prefer my Macallan with its typical sherry character.

Adelphi Tullibardine 35 Years Old, Cask 2112
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
7 Tullibardine is a gentle, civilised, malt that seems to live in obscurity. Nice to be reminded of its existence. Could be a golfers dram – the distillery is near Gleneagles.

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

Badge of quality in safe hands (Adelphi)
Adelphi distillery, the top-of-the-market independent bottler, has been bought by a couple of landowners in Argyll. Charles MacLeanlooks at the company's history and asks the new owners about their pl...

March 2005, Issue 46, page 63

Limburg Whisky Fair 2005
In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established a good reputation and continues to attract excellent visitor numbers.

March 2005, Issue 46, page 15

Tasting with a wean
Instead of the usual acidic finish, why not enjoy a somewhat sweeter, slightly sentimental, but not overpowering, finish with John Lamond- just for a change

February 2002, Issue 21, page 82

Stopping Time
We meet the men behind forward thinking Edinburgh-based cocktail bar, Bramble Bar & Lounge.

September 2011, Issue 98, page 33

The state of independents
How good are the independent bottling companies? We decided to find out in our biggest ever tasting – more than 175 entrants in 24 categories,judged by nine judges over seven weeks. Dominic Roskrow ...

September 2005, Issue 50, page 16

Being one of the best
David Stirk, one of Whisky Magazine's tasting panel representatives in Edinburgh, explains what it was like to be part of this definitive tasting and how he and his fellow panelists managed to suriviv...

June 2001, Issue 16, page 50

New deli delights (Demijohn)
Sally Toms visits Demijohn,a new breed of independent bottler and off-licence in the heart of Edinburgh

November 2006, Issue 60, page 17

English Spirit
Gavin D. Smith looks at the lost distillers of Merseyside

June 2011, Issue 96, page 30

Ask the Expert
Send your questions to or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

July 2014, Issue 121, page 106

Funny Themes
Private labelling of whisky is as old as bottling whisky itself. It started with the blenders who would give their own names to the whiskies purchased from different distilleries, hence the Dewars, Bu...

September 2013, Issue 114, page 40

The To Do List
Ian Wisniewski asks, what exactly does it take to open a distillery?

July 2012, Issue 105, page 28

All a matter of taste
Pip Hills has compiled a directory comparing the taste profile of some leading malts and blends – and has reached some startling conclusions. Here he explains

January 2005, Issue 45, page 46

Whisky Oasis (The Whisky Chaser)
Martin Betts visits a veritable whisky paradise well hidden in the extreme north-west of England.

December 2000, Issue 13, page 74

Drams & Cultures in Auld Reekie
Neil Ridley heads out in Scotland's capital

September 2012, Issue 106, page 44

Let Glasgow flourish
Glasgow has a long association with whisky. Robin Laing tells its story

July 2005, Issue 49, page 48

A Wealth of Choice
Neil Ridley meets the independent bottlers dedicated to bringing consumers something a little different.

September 2012, Issue 106, page 14

A distillery seeped in history (Clynelish)
Ian Buxton travels North of Inverness to the remote distillery at Clynelish

July 2005, Issue 49, page 34

Called to the bar
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 58

In search of the world's best whiskies
This is the third time we have held the Best of the Best. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, this is the biggest and most ambitious attempt yet to find the world's best whiskies

March 2005, Issue 46, page 18

A good read
Ian Buxton peruses the library for some of the finest whisky books

June 2007, Issue 64, page 50

Ask the expert
John Rose fields more of your questions

June 2007, Issue 64, page 53

Bourbon's oasis
Four years after it opened the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge is an island of quality in a sea of garish neon. Our man took refuge there.

December 2007, Issue 68, page 52

Covert operations
Dave Broom decides it's high time for Inver House Distillers to spill the beans

June 2002, Issue 23, page 32

Dancing with Donleavy
Michael talks about the joys of Irish whiskey and the dangers of method acting

April 2007, Issue 63, page 11

Edinburgh's Whisky Fringe
John Morton recounts his experience on the Royal Mile.

November 2002, Issue 27, page 14

Elementary my dear Michael
Michael Jackson visits Sherlock's Home in Minnesota: he loves the bar, hates the pun

March 1999, Issue 2, page 39


June 2004, Issue 40, page 25

Getting off at Saint Cloud
Michael Jackson, Master of the Quaich, in sheepish mood.

June 2000, Issue 10, page 7

Great whisky bars of the world
A couple of issues ago we launched a new scheme to honour the world's best whisky bars. Here are the first recipients – congratulations to them all

January 2006, Issue 53, page 15

Independentbottlershavedriveninnovationintheindustry.Butwhatfuturedotheyhave? IanWisniewskiinvestigates

October 2004, Issue 43, page 72

It's all Go-more (Bowmore)
Islay's meant to be all about tranquillity. But when Ian Buxton visited Bowmore it was anything but

November 2003, Issue 35, page 48

Join the debate
Email the team

December 2007, Issue 68, page 74

Let a thousand distilleries Bloom
A recent buy-out suggests that the American micro-distillery revolution means business. Charles K. Cowdery reports.

July 2010, Issue 89, page 14

On the rebound
Rye is on the rise again,William M.Dowd looks at what's hot out there at the moment

July 2007, Issue 65, page 24

Packing a punch
Four Roses Bourbon and Rocky Balboa have a lot in common. They're both well-aged winners with a lot of fans. And now they've crossed paths in the latest Rocky Balboa movie. Four Roses Yellow Kentucky...

March 2007, Issue 62, page 7

Pushing back the frontiers of spirit in France (La Maison du Whisky)
Martine Nouet takes a closer look at near-legendary La Maison du Whisky, the Paris store that's done so much to change the old-fashioned perception of whisky in France

December 2001, Issue 20, page 54

Rebellious times
Ian Buxton looks at turbulent times during whiskey's history

October 2006, Issue 59, page 31

Small Stills
Ian Buxton looking at the rising phenomena of distilling spirit from the comfort of your armchair,shed or garage.

September 2007, Issue 66, page 38

Sweet temptations
Chocolate and Whisky have been a classic combination for many people, Rob Allanson talks to the latest convert.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 54

Trying to blend in
What is wrong with American blended whiskey? Maligned and misunderstood, American blends may be due for revival by Charles K. Cowdery.

April 2010, Issue 87, page 46

War, Washington Whiskey
Riannon Walsh uncovers the work of archaeologists rebuilding an important piece of American, and whiskey, history- the distillery owned by George Washington, celebrated General and the first President

April 2001, Issue 15, page 38

Whisky... it's not just for breakfast
In the matter of marketing, Michael Jackson proposes that Scotland take a lesson from Florida

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Winter Warmers
Martine Nouet meets a chef with a passion for peat.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 54

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