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Whisky Magazine Editors Choice - Gold Award

Whisky Magazine Editors Choice - Gold Award

In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.

 

Issue 145 Out Now

A visit to Highland Park, Willie Cochrane and Claive Vidiz interviewed. Plus we kick off Battle of the Blends series three.

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Crown Royal Special Reserve
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
8 Much more character.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Dewar Rattray The Macallan 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 A beautifully combined aromatic display with a caressing texture. Delicious.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Duncan Taylor Glen Garioch 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
8 Has the X factor.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Evan Williams 23 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50%
8 A lovely bourbon, but I prefer it younger.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Forty Creek Barrel Select
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
8 The richest-tasting Canadian whisky I have tasted. Wins points for luxury.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 Wonderfully mature and quite subtle.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Gibson's Finest 18 Years Old
Blended - Canada - 40.00%
8 Appetising, Very enjoyable.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glencadam 19 Years Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 Whisky like this makes tasting an absolute pleasure.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1979 Cask 2216
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60%
8 Fantastic.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1953 Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
8 Delightfully balanced

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenfiddich 1991 Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Gentle. Accessible. Enjoyable.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glenfiddich 40 Years Old, Rare Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00%
8 Extraordinary flavour development. An astonishingly complex whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Glengoyne 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 It feels old but not fragile.


 

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