In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Three Ships 10 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - South Africa - 44.60% 9 Normally I would complain about the palate not displaying the exuberance of the nose, but I can't moan at all about the depth and quality!
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.50% 9 Balanced and mature. Just how a sherry cask should be.
Paul John Indian Single Malt Select Cask Peated
Single Malt - India - 55.50% 9 It doesn't matter where it comes from, but great whisky is still great whisky.
BenRiach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Reveals a rich profile by a succession of aromatic layers. Alcohol is perfectly tamed.
Aberlour 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 More sophisticated, especially in the finish. Better balanced, but less voluptuous maltiness.
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 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 Teaninich 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 Well-matured, amazing for its age.
Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Not from a particularly peaty period, but packed with Ardbeg's other flavours. Wonderfully distinctive.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Cleaner, more lemony and oily, and less assertive, than the 24 Years Old duty free edition.
Ardbeg Provenance, 1974, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 9 Rich and creamy, with huge flavour development.
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 The elemental opposite of the sophisticated Lord of the Isles.
Auchentoshan 1966, 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 8 A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?
Auchentoshan 36 Years Old, 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90% 8 Elegance personified. A great mature complex dram.
Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 9 A pure beauty. Absolutely beaming on nose and palate. The best a sherry cask can offer.
Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 9 An enticing expression of old age. Forever young! With elegance and style.
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.20% 9 ?Absolutely triumphant – A bee keepers delight.
BenRiach 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 9 Soft, subtle and not overwooded. Just shades it over the 25yo this time.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 ?A superb whisky, rich, deep, complex, with a mature oakiness. I would avoid water personally.
Benromach 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 A lovely, clean and sherry matured Spey.
Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 At an ‘all you can eat' buffet in Chicago, a woman piling her plate said to me: “isn't this sinful?” This is temptation in a bottle.
Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Cute as a button.
Black Bull 40 Years Old 3rd Release
Blended - Scotland - 41.50% 8 A classic old Speysider? Mature and lively at the same time. Really a perfect achievement.
Black Bull 40 Years Old Batch No. 2
Blended - Scotland - 41.90% 9 A pure beauty. The age without the wrinkles...
Black Bull Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.60% 8 It's all quite subtle, but rewarding.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.40% 9 What a start! A truly magnificent dram and for me miles ahead of the competition.
- Scotland - 52.30% 8 Distinct, robust and delightfully elegant in the same glass. A classy offering indeed.
Bowmore 40 Years Old, 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.80% 9 Superb balance. Classic distillery character retained after four decades - no mean achievement.