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Brands and Distilleries : Private Collection

Issue 118 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 118

Best whiskies in the world.

 

Private Collection

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Private Collection Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 After a few of these, the rebel leader (played by Anthony Quinn) toasts freedom, and we start firing our carbines in the air.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 All the action is in that finish. A clear points victory for the whisky, with brandy going the distance.

Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Less complex, with the distillery character coming through much more strongly.

Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Demerara Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 A bit puzzling at start. Seems somewhat austere and restrained. Then releases sweet notes. Is it an effect of the rum finish?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 No contest, the Inner Hebrides quickly overwhelms the Duoro.

Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Vintage Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 Hang on! Is that a single malt with a rum finish or a good rum matured in a bourbon cask? An exemplary phagocytosis or a magical trick. But we wanted whisky!

Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Calvados
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The Calvados character is almost overwhelming but Caol Ila comes surging through in the finish.

Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The least characterful of the three Caol Ila wood finishes.

Private Collection Clynelish 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 A hint of sulphur in the nose had me dismissing this whisky. It seemed young, immature, callow – but we finishing up flirting.

Private Collection Glenlivet 1943
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 The Glenlivet is another whisky that I have encountered at great ages, often past their best. This shows its age only in its raffish, extrovert, confidence.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 As with the Caol Ila wood finishes reviewed in the last issue, the calvados is a powerful influence but the whisky does fight back-makes for an interesting combination.

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The wine seems to have made common cause with the juicy sweetness, and the two have overwhelmed the cereal-grain and peat smoke that usually make this a more robust malt. This version would be a good ...

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Cognac finishes seem to have achieved results that are, at best, mixed. In this instance, the contribution is less than obvious.

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The flavours hang together better in this version, and I favour it over the port finish, but by too narrow a margin to score.

Private Collection Imperial 1991 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 More Imperial than Port. With or without Port, I would like to see more Imperial.

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.

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Independently minded
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November 2007, Issue 67, page 21

Independently minded
Being independent certainly has its advantages but what opportunities and challenges do Independent bottlers currently face? Ian Wisniewski finds out.

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Treasure Store
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A City of Secret Spots
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Journey's end
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman discovers an oasis of whisky at the end of the line.

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

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Mixing Tradition & Modernity
Martine Nouet explores food and whisky with a Dutch phenomenon

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Whisky: even in spirit
There is a plethora of special finish styles and now there's a trend for maturation in spirit barrels: is this a progressive move or a gimmick that will outrage traditionalists? Ian Wisniewski investi...

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