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
Cragganmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very accessible, and not given to grandiosity, but it's one of the Speyside greats. Good with some desserts. Try it with cassata.
Crown Royal Special Reserve
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 8 Much more character.
Dewar Rattray Bowmore 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 A beautiful Islay malt in a sherry refill dressing. Rich aromatic development, great combination of strength and sweetness.
Dewar Rattray Bruichladdich 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 Savoury. Summery. A picnic malt. Or eating freshly shucked oysters with Jim McEwan.
Dewar Rattray Glencadam 1975 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40% 8 A dazzling quality you only get when cask and spirit have been in a long slow dance.
Dewar Rattray The Macallan 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 8 A beautifully combined aromatic display with a caressing texture. Delicious.
Douglas Laing Ardbeg 1992 12 Years Old, Rum Finish, Park Avenue Liquors
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 With smoked salmon and a squeeze of lemon.
Duncan Taylor Glen Garioch 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 Has the X factor.
Duncan Taylor Glen Garioch 1988, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 Very sweet but the classic heather honey is balanced by the gently peaty, smoky dryness that has vanished from most Highland malts.
Elmer T. Lee
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A superbly balanced giant. More on the sweet side than the spicy one. Should marry so well with my pecan pie! Avoid water.
Evan Williams 23 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 A lovely bourbon, but I prefer it younger.
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 8 The richest-tasting Canadian whisky I have tasted. Wins points for luxury.
Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Wonderfully mature and quite subtle.
Gibson's Finest 18 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00% 8 Appetising, Very enjoyable.
Glann Ar Mor 2005 3 Years Old
Single Malt - France - 46.00% 8 Like a walk in a field after a few rainy days. Nicely invigorating. It does not really need water or just a wee drop to cut some edges.
Glen Moray 1962, Ed Dodson's Last Manager's Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 As appealing and intriguing as a cupboard full of granny's jams for a young pilferer (I was one!). You just can't resist!
Glencadam 19 Years Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Whisky like this makes tasting an absolute pleasure.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1979 Cask 2216
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60% 8 Fantastic.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1953 Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 8 Delightfully balanced
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1985 Release X
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90% 8 A sherry second fill cask? Superb, rewarding, well balanced, complex. Bring the best chocolate!
Glenfiddich 1965 Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.80% 8 A playful whisky for one of such maturity. Starting very sweetly, but reluctant to reveal its secrets. Give it time to reveal its complexity.
Glenfiddich 1991 Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Gentle. Accessible. Enjoyable.
Glenfiddich 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.60% 9 This is an urbane whisky that will not easily reveal itself. Take your time with it. Enjoy its company.
Glenfiddich 40 Years Old, Rare Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 Extraordinary flavour development. An astonishingly complex whisky.
Glengoyne 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 It feels old but not fragile.