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
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 !