In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery
John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Monstrous but elegant and complex. What would it have been like at cask strength?!
Compass Box This Is Not A Luxury Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 53.10% 9 Simply stunning! A little more sweetness in the finish might have been nice.
Prometheus 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00% 9 That's a fine old Speyside malt!
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.
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.
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 Port often leaves a toffeeish note, but not in this case. Perhaps needs a bit more maturity.