In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
The best whiskies in the world 2017, Icons of Whisky Global winners and the conclusion to this year's Battle of the Blends
The Balvenie Rumwood 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.10% 8 A rich whisky which has taken some exotic and sensuous notes from the rum. Stiffens up on the finish.
The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A beautifully balanced classic Speyside whisky.
The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Complex. Entrancing.
The Glenlivet 16 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60% 8 The rich fruity profile of Glenlivet blossoms at cask strength. So well balanced.
The Glenlivet 1959 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.70% 8 Vivid descriptors, but the flavours are very restrained. A most elegant whisky.
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.30% 8 A stunning Glenlivet and a superb example of the benefits of long relaxed maturation.
The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 You need to concentrate hard on this one as it does not give up its complexities immediately.
The Glenrothes 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Big and powerful but with sufficient character to cope. Another cracker from Rothes.
The Glenrothes 25 Years Old
- Scotland - 43.00% 9 Slow,elegant and complex.
The Macallan 15 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 This is getting difficult, but the 12 Years Old still just edges it for me.
The Macallan 1937, 37 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 With a colour close to that of today's product and a bright clarity, this visually recalled some of the yet-older Macallans that have inspired replica editions.
The Macallan 1948 Select Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Paler in colour and lighter in body, but what a palate...great Speyside whiskies once tasted like this.
The Macallan 1949, 50 Years Old, Millennium
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 A beautifully composed, luxurious whisky.
The Macallan 1961 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 9 This one I loved. The flavours have melded beautifully, in what must have been an excellent cask.
The Macallan 1970, 32 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 8 Still recognisably Macallan, but the dark claret colour sounded a wood warning. I am forgiving of woodiness, but this approached my limits. Other malt-lovers may be more tolerant.
The Macallan 1979 18 Years Old, Gran Reserva
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 Strictly for lovers of powerfully oaked whiskies.
The Macallan 1981, Unfiltered Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 9 When I tasted this bottling, I was shocked by its spiciness. When I had recovered my composure, I gradually began to find it very more-ish.
The Macallan Thirties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 With its floweriness and a hint of peat, this seems to me a classic old-style Speysider.
The Wee Dram Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I like this young man: he's showered and shaved, suited and booted, and off for a night on the town.
The Whisky Exchange Balblair 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20% 8 Yet another superb Balblair which chimes perfectly with the official bottlings.
The Whisky Exchange BenRiach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 9 Complex with excellent balance. A typical for a Speyside, but it's one hell of a dram!
Thomas H Handy
Rye - U.S.A. - 64.50% 8 An unusual floral profile for a rye. But delightful. What a nose!
Three Ships 10 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - South Africa - 44.60% 9 Normally I would complain about the palate not displaying the exuberance of the nose, but I can't moan at all about the depth and quality!
Tomatin 1976 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30% 8 Real character and finesse.
Tomatin 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Whisky of the month, by a slender margin. This is refined and just the right age. A good eye (and palate) put this beauty together.