In this first issue of 2015, we went to meet the incredible collector Sukhinder Singh. We looked at how distilleries evolve through time. And more specifically, at how knowledge is passed on to successors in the world of whisky. A burning, current question. We went in search of an American legend: Jack Daniel, at his Lynchburg distillery. Lastly, we visited the Isle of Jura, where George Orwell wrote his famous novel 1984.
In this Special Armagnac issue, we have taken a particular interest in independent bottlers. But we also asked a pure-bred Scot to gives us his thoughts on production and the product itself. A highly edifying experience! You will also find an interview with Jean-Pierre Cointreau, CEO of the Renaud-Cointreau group, and what you might call one of the last of the Mohicans. We also met up with a selection of small cognac producers and Hennessy. Lastly, we took a little detour in German-speaking Switzerland with Matter house, a distillery as precise as a Swiss cuckoo clock.
WHISKY: Bunnahabhain Ceobanach, Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release 2014, Aultmore 12 Year Old and 21 Year Old, The Best of Independent Bottlings, Glenfarclas 60 Year Old, Balvenie 25 Year OldSingle Barrel, Noises from the Cellar, Bellotta-Bellotta at Hakushu, Jameson Caskmates, La Maison du Whisky Store, Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary, Travel Diary, Glenmorangie Taghta, Waterford Distillery, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, Glenglassaugh Torfa, Tullamore Distillery, An Cnoc 2000, Nikka Duty Free, Checklist.
Duty free whisky: Glenlivet 50 Year Old Winchester Collection, Teeling Single Malt, Laphroaig Brodir, Craigellachie 19 Year Old.
Whisky playlist: Gordon & MacPhail Ultra Private Collection.
Location playlist: Le Forvm, Victoria 1836, Bar Brûlé, L'Ancienne Maison Gradellen Izakaya Issé.
News from the whisky world: Joe Bates, Ian Buxton, Philippe Jugé, Charles MacLean and Hans Offringa.
SPIRITS: Hennessy Edition Particulière, Jinzu, Rémy Martin Reserve Cask Selection No. 28 and Prime Cellar Selection No. 16, Cartron Liqueur de Sureau, Castarède 1964 50 Year Old, La Maison de l'Hédoniste, Cointreau Black, Hine Domaine de Bonneuil 2005, Disaronno Riserva, Château de Lacquy Carafe des Siècles, Del Maguey Madrecuixe, Léopold Gourmel, Dartigalongue 20 Year Old, Renault VSOP Carte Noire, Paris Cocktail Week, Château de Laubade Chapelle des Anges, Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill, Spirit France, Plymouth Gin, Jose Cuervo, Chantal Comte, Laballe, Martinique, Checklist, Gélas 150 Years of Passion.
Spirits playlist: Trois Rivières 1980.
Location playlist: Mabel, Pan, Luz Verde, Copper Bay, Le Syndicat, A La Française, Uma, Lulu Whiste, Le Club du Cercle.
News from the spirits world: David Droulez, Cécile Fortis, François de Guillebon, Gaylor Olivier, Philippe Jugé and Nicholas Sikorski.
Whisky: Word of mouth: Sukhinder Singh; Investigation: Swinging Sixties; Distillery: Jack Daniel’s; Technique: Wood.
Spirits: Word of mouth: Jean-Pierre Cointreau; Investigation: In the Shadow of Giants; Hennessy All Fired Up; Story: Armagnac Négociants-Eleveurs; Distillery: Matter-Luginbühl; Rum: Conquering the World; Technique: Armagnac from a Scottish perspective.
ART OF LIVING
Whisky: Focus: The passage of time; Escapade: Jura; Trend: Artisanal Distillery; Gastronomy: The Beast; Alliance: Joseph Akhavan; Whisky Fun: Should Scotland Really Be Quaking in its Boots?; Top Ten: My Top Ten 2014.
Spirits: Cocktails: The New Golden Age; Cigars: Two Titans Faced with Cigars; Escapade: Switzerland; Alliance: Jacques Genin; Cocktails: Everything Salt; Fun: Craft Brigade.
NEW RELEASES TASTINGS
Whisky: Glenglassaugh Torfa, Tomatin 1988 25 Year Old, Armorik Double Maturation, Bowmore 15 Year Old Laimrig, Glen Garioch 1998 Wine Cask Matured, Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release 2014, Balblair 1999, Elmer T. Lee Commemorative Edition, Four Roses Small Batch 2014, Glendronach 18 Year OldTawny Port Wood Finish, Glengoyne 25 Year Old, Glenmorangie Dornoch, Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve, Hellyers Road 10 Year Old Original, Highland Park Dark Origins, Puni Alba.
Spirits: Citadelle Reserve 2014, Gilpin's Extra Dry, Ocho Reposado 2013 Los Fresnos, Gran Patron Piedra, Chalong Bay, Trois Rivières Cuvée de l'Océan, La Mauny Flower Edition, Neisson Le Coupeur, Godet Gastronome, Nikka Rita Apple Brandy 30 Year Old, Vallein Tercinier Petite Rue 71, Vallein Tercinier Lot 69, Pisco 1615 Quebranta, Clairin Sajous Batch #2, Capovilla Distillato di Birra Legno, Capovilla Prunus Aurum.
Eye: Philippe Jugé
Spirits: Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros and Romée de Goriainoff - Experimental Group