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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 140 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old Rip Van Winkle's 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50%
8 Big . Rich. Hearty. Robust.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Paul John Indian Single Malt Select Cask Peated
Single Malt - India - 55.50%
9 It doesn't matter where it comes from, but great whisky is still great whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Penderyn Grand Slam
Single Malt - Wales - 46.00%
8 A well structured whisky. Oak frames the aromatic palette without overpowering. Quite a complex dram.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 No contest, the Inner Hebrides quickly overwhelms the Duoro.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Prometheus 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.00%
9 That's a fine old Speyside malt!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
9 Bring on the caeser salad.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00%
9 This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Redbreast Cask Strength
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 57.70%
9 Redbreast is one of the world's great whiskeys. Delicious!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rosebank
- Scotland - 61.40%
8 Fuller than you normally get from Rosebank,but no worse for that. Highly recommended.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Royal Mile Whiskies Bowmore 1999, Young Peaty Islay
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50%
8 Bring on the kippers.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 After dinner, I would usually think of a malt, but have long enjoyed the unashamed luxuriousness of this blend. This example seems fractionally less voluptuous than I remember, but my memories may be ...

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Royal Salute 50 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A work of craftsmanship, elegance and its own style.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 A superb bourbon. As neat and perfectly dressed and combed as Richard Paterson!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A trifle sophisticated for my tastes, but a very fine rye whiskey.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1979, Japanese Oak Cask, 119.2
Single Malt - Japan - 57.40%
8 A breakfast malt? Splendidly complex, with Japanese oak adding that extra touch of distinctiveness.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.1
Single Malt - Japan - 56.60%
8 A whole sequence of flavours emerges in this vintage. These are flavours I have found before in Nikka whiskies, but they have not been especially evident elsewhere in this flight.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.4
Single Malt - Japan - 64.90%
8 Lots happening. Nice interplay of elements.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scott's Selection Highland Park 20 Years Old 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50%
8 What a great dram! Complex and beaming. I like it better neat.


 

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