In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Deceptively gentle at first. I have on occasion been completely led astray by what seems to be mildness of this whisky, then taken on a journey of rediscovery. I find new flavours every time.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A lovely, luxurious whisky. I imagine a restaurant called café Opera. First, a little foie gras, then a couple of Maine lobsters, Marron glacé....and Blue Label?
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 9 Complex, sophisticated heavyweight. The one they all have to beat.
Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 The driest of Islay malts, and an established classic.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition, Pedro Ximenez Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 What it loses in character it gains in a different dimension of distinctiveness.
Lagavulin Limited Edition 2010
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 9 As good a Lagavulin as I've tasted. Hie thee to Islay!
Laphroaig 17 Years Old, Feis Ile 2004, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20% 8 A touch sophisticated for the likes of me. Where are those stinging iodine notes? They are in there somewhere, but beautifully balanced and rounded.
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.
Lombard Jewels of Scotland Brora 1982 Cask #876
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.10% 9 A classic American oak aged, mature Highland Malt.
Lombard Jewels of Scotland Glenury Royal 1973 Cask #6867
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 9 Not enough space to describe the brilliance of this whisky!
Lombard Jewels of Scotland Springbank 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10% 8 I'm lost for words!
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.
Mackmyra Moment Solsken
Single Malt - Sweden - 52.60% 8 Now, that's excellent whisky – power, elegance and complexity.
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 !