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
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.50% 9 Balanced and mature. Just how a sherry cask should be.
Two Bobs Kentucky Bourbon 1994 Cask No. 65
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.70% 8 In line with cask No. 66, but with greater complexity. One for a cigar.
Van Winkle 13 Years Old, Family Reserve Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 47.80% 8 Showing its age. It seems to have lost a little liveliness but, if you were as rich as this, would you care?
Whisky Fair Caol Ila 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 Beautifully complex.
Wild Turkey 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50% 8 I like this very much, for its complexity and originality. As a bourbon? The useful phrase ‘something else' comes to mind.
Wild Turkey 8 Years Old, 101
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50% 8 A huge whiskey. Put together with style and sophistication, but still with all the robustness of a true bourbon. A classic, of course. A Clint Eastwood of whiskeys.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.20% 9 This is more like a supercharged Wild One. Defiantly robust, but with Devilish charm. I love it.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 8 Perhaps encouraged by the dark orange colour, the descriptors sound sweet, but the overall effect is one of flowery dryness, with great finesse.
Yoichi 10 Years old, 1998
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00% 8 Another cracker from that great distillery. Just a splash of water and it takes you further and further.
Yoichi 10 Years Old, Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 59.90% 9 A terrific whisky, beautifully rounded, with lots of everything.