In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Seems to hesitate between sweetness and dryness. Give it time to open, you will not regret it.
Linkwood 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Satisfies nose and palate equally. To be opened and enjoyed at Christmas.
Longmorn 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 That frisky Speysider judiciously bottled at 45% has a lot to deliver. Will certainly light up a zen moment.
MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Only 8 Years Old, but a seasoned sea-salt. A return to form for the independent youngster.
Master of Malt Aberlour That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 A rich and well structured whisky. Amazingly smooth given its strength.
Master of Malt Speyside 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.20% 9 Flavours like these are the reason wood maturation was invented. Excellent stuff.
Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.70% 8 A superb dram with an intriguing oak character.
Midleton Single Cask 1991 10 Years Old
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 53.70% 8 Complex, subtle. Recommended quite a bunch this issue.
Monkey Shoulder Batch 27
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 An elegant dram, dominated by orange and spices. For a Christmas treat? Water is not needed.
Murray McDavid Mission Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The most feminine Glenlivet I have encountered.
Old & Rare Highland Park 29 Years Old 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Old, slightly grumbly but fascinating. Highly recommended.
Old Malt Cask Banff 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 What a lovely wee dram! Gentle, fragrant,open and lively. So comforting.
Old Malt Cask Brora 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 More Islay-like than its Clynelish brothers. Was this some of the last made with highly peated malt?
Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An absolute cracker. Delicate, elegant. More than a golden promise. A gem delivery !
Old Rip Van Winkle's 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 Big . Rich. Hearty. Robust.
Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 Another big whisky from Heaven Hill. A delight as the nights start to drawn in.
Penderyn Grand Slam
Single Malt - Wales - 46.00% 8 A well structured whisky. Oak frames the aromatic palette without overpowering. Quite a complex dram.
Port Askaig Cask Strength 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% A beautifully balanced islander. The marine aromatic display is just enticing, constantly teasing the malty sweet heart.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old, Special Release 2005
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Old, intense and busting for an olifactory fight. Complex and grizzly, like Clint Eastwood in The Unforgiven.
Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 No contest, the Inner Hebrides quickly overwhelms the Duoro.
Rare Malts Brora 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 8 A good example of Brora as a distinctive maritime malt. Very appetising indeed, but quite different from Talisker, for example.
Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 9 Bring on the caeser salad.
Rare Malts Rosebank 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.30% 8 This is how Lowlanders used to be: drier, more herbal, more complex. Buy now, while stocks last.
Redbreast 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 9 Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.