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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

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
9 Complex, sophisticated heavyweight. The one they all have to beat.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
9 The driest of Islay malts, and an established classic.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Lagavulin Limited Edition 2010
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50%
9 As good a Lagavulin as I've tasted. Hie thee to Islay!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Linkwood 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Satisfies nose and palate equally. To be opened and enjoyed at Christmas.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Brora 1982 Cask #876
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.10%
9 A classic American oak aged, mature Highland Malt.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Springbank 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10%
8 I'm lost for words!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Mackmyra Moment Solsken
Single Malt - Sweden - 52.60%
8 Now, that's excellent whisky – power, elegance and complexity.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.70%
8 A superb dram with an intriguing oak character.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Midleton Single Cask 1991 10 Years Old
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 53.70%
8 Complex, subtle. Recommended quite a bunch this issue.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Murray McDavid Mission Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The most feminine Glenlivet I have encountered.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old & Rare Highland Park 29 Years Old 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70%
8 Old, slightly grumbly but fascinating. Highly recommended.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An absolute cracker. Delicate, elegant. More than a golden promise. A gem delivery !


 

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