In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Kentucky, Louisville, Benromach
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.
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!
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
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.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Unlike other double matured samples here this shows integration and is distillate rather than wood driven.
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 A gorgeous,luscious dram. ‘Morangie to the max.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Made when the distillery had its own maltings, and an eloquent advocate for such an arrangement.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A bold and some would say a-typical. It works is a valid and successful improvisation on the theme.
Glenmorangie Tain L'Hermitage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Perhaps more robust, less elegant, than the previous bottling, but full of flavour and soundly structured.
Glenmorangie The Nectar D'Or
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Long and sweet. Try with soft goat's cheese.