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Brands and Distilleries : Banff

Issue 153 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 153

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Banff 1966, 31 Years Old, Old Malt Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Banff was never a classic, but it is an evocatively old-fashioned Highland malt, and it has stood up reasonably well to great age.

Cadenhead's Banff 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
6 The best Banff I have tasted. Shows its age but the finish reveals real depth and staying power.

Chieftain's Choice Banff 1978, Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Too burnt and dry. Not for everyone. Reminds me of a particular espresso and grappa, standing outside the Arsenale, on a winter's morning.

Chieftain's Choice Banff 1979, Aged 23 Years
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 I thought this whisky had died in the bottle, but water brought it back to life.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old Malt Cask Banff 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 What a lovely wee dram! Gentle, fragrant,open and lively. So comforting.

Signatory Silent Stills Banff 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10%
7 Just too woody for me.

Parker's Progress
Richard Parker is turning a passion for whisky in to a healthy business. Dominic Roskrow reports

November 2006, Issue 60, page 27

Burning Issues
How often have we read in a distillery's history a phrase along the lines of “…the following year much of the site was devastated by fire…”? Gavin D Smith investigates in the first part of our...

April 2009, Issue 79, page 48

Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

February 2009, Issue 78, page 80

Lead on Macduff
Speyside's most eastern distillery is something of an enigma, but it's not without influence. Ian Buxton paid it a visit.

October 2003, Issue 34, page 44

Independently minded (Duncan Taylor)
Behind the scenes at one of Scotland's biggest independent bottling companies some of the world's rarest whiskies are stored. Our man joined Duncan Taylor Scotch's managing director Euan Shand in a bi...

June 2007, Issue 64, page 46

Vintage Whisky Sellers
Where to buy that elusive whisky

September 2015, Issue 130, page 80

Gone but not forgotten
Robin Brilleman takes a tour of the Scottish Highlands and visits the distilleries that have, over the course of time, ceadsed production but whose malts have left a lasting imprint on whisky history.

April 2001, Issue 15, page 32

A survivor
Our man visits one of ‘Scotland's oldest distilleries'

April 2014, Issue 119, page 30

Keeper's of the flame
Gavin D Smith continues his look at great distillery fires.

June 2009, Issue 80, page 22

Fragrant Harbour
Jonny McCormickon the war on fakes and a look at rare whisky in the East

July 2012, Issue 105, page 80

Spey Pride
The Speyside region is getting its act together and making life easier for the visitor. Here Dominic Roskrow reports on its changing face. And on page 34 we provide the complete visitors' guide to the...

January 2006, Issue 53, page 32

Whisky's muse
Robin Laing is whisky's muse.He's recorded three CDs of whisky songs and has just completed a quite excellent book on Speyside,called The Whisky River. Dominic Roskrow spoke to him

July 2007, Issue 65, page 52

Men behaving well (Jack and Wallace Milroy)
Joanna Simon meets Jack and Wallace Milroy, single malt whisky pioneers, and finds them refusing ot live up to their reputations

August 1999, Issue 5, page 60

Distiller making a spirit of the air (Balblair)
Ian Buxton visits Balblair

November 2004, Issue 44, page 30

A royal threesome
It's one of the easier whisky trivia questions. Which three Scottish distilleries are allowed to append the word 'royal' to their titles, asks Gavin Smith.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 42

Elusive and illicit Speyside spirit
Gavin Smith traces the reportedly romantic but often mercenary history of illicit distilling in Speyside

November 2001, Issue 19, page 56

Beauty is in the glass of the beholder (Old Pulteney)
Gavin D Smith tells the story of Old Pulteney, a beautiful whisky from a 'ginm, windswpt fishing town.'

February 2001, Issue 14, page 38

A Highland affair
Caroline Dewar takes a stroll through whisky's heartland

July 2006, Issue 57, page 37

The best year yet
This year's Icons of Whisky were the toughest yet. Drawing up the shortlists was a nightmare.And the voting in nearly all categories was painfully close. Dominic Roskrowreports

March 2006, Issue 54, page 18

A pioneer of the spirit
Stewart Mcbain praises the contribution of Charles Cree Doig an unsung hero of the Scotch whisky industry

December 2000, Issue 13, page 26

A reluctant whisky hero? (Bill Smith Grant)
Bill Smith Grant wasn't meant to inherit The Glenlivet. But as Iain Russell reports, his bold business decisions once he did revolutionised the whisky and made it famous

March 2006, Issue 54, page 46

A very regal distillery (Strathisla)
David Stirk visits Strathisla Distillery, the home of Chivas Regal and a fine single malt. Additional words by Martin Betts

July 2001, Issue 17, page 38

Bowmore's world of water
Bowmore, Dewar's, Glenglassaugh, Broom honoured

April 2013, Issue 111, page 7

Collector's corner
John Rose provides another selection of collectible bottles

May 2004, Issue 39, page 50

Collector's corner
Distillery representative for whisky Magazine John M Rose presents another selection of collectible whisky

December 2003, Issue 36, page 46

H.P. Source
Autumn brings an abundance of Highland Park reports Jonny McCormick.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 98

Inside track
Keir Sword of Royal Mile Whiskies is in the chair

July 2002, Issue 24, page 72

Is it a bear or a bull?
John Rose with another selection of outstanding collectible bottles

July 2006, Issue 57, page 62

National Treasures
The search starts to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. Scotland, Ireland and Canada have been scrutinised,we find out who is in the running.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 8

Phoenix rising
Anyone who read Issue 53 on Great Whisky Bars of The World will know that Whisky Magazine rates The Highlander Inn in Craigellachie pretty highly. Richard Jones discovers what makes this humble lookin...

June 2006, Issue 56, page 60

Spirits Galore
The Speyside Whisky Festival 30 April – 4 May 2015

April 2015, Issue 127, page 36

Uncompromising Style
Gavin D. Smith visits the heart of Angus Dundee's blending operation

March 2013, Issue 110, page 22

Under the hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

February 2008, Issue 70, page 34

Under the hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

June 2008, Issue 72, page 32

Under the Hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections he looks at some price guides for bottles at auction. In questions he fields your enquiries ab...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 72

Under the Hammer
In this 100th Edition of the Whisky Magazine which was first printed on the 20th November 1998, John Rose has selected six bottles at the price collectors could have bought them at auction in that yea...

December 2011, Issue 100, page 96

Walsh and Gunn: the quiet maen
Maurice Walsh and Neil Gunn – two celebrated authors slowly being rediscovered. Gavin Smith explains the appeal of these quintessential whisky writers.

December 2001, Issue 20, page

Welcoming a Weary Traveller
Joel Harrisongoes in search of a few bars in the Speyside region that offer some of the best hospitality and drams

October 2012, Issue 107, page 46

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