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
Berry's Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1989, Glen Garioch, Cask #7856
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 If the palate was as exuberant as the nose then this would have been exceptional.
Kinloch 35 Years Old Vintage Blend
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 You could say it's a one-dimensional sherry-heavy blend, but it has some lovely maturity.
Lombard Springbank 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Not your average Campbeltown malt. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Arran!
BenRiach Arumaticus Fumosus Dark Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A constantly shifting but balanced mix of sweetness and smoke and distillery character.
BenRiach Heredotus Famosus Pedro Ximinez Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Fantastic balance and richness of character.
BenRiach Importanticus Fumosus Tawny Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Worth a look.
BenRiach Madeira wood finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Balanced and with good weight. A good addition to the range.
BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus Madeira Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Great balance. When Madeira works it really works!
Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90% 8 You'd never guess this was 35. Great life, balance and bags of character. A beauty.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 116.12 Yoichi 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Japan - 54.20% 8 Ah Yoichi..it's Ardbeg in Hokkaido.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 26.7 An Absolute Cracker
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50% 8 Tastes old.Superb. Refined and complex. Still so lively and fresh. Hard to leave…
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 33.70 Ardbeg Keith Richards meets Socrates 1998 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 An effusively phenolic smouldering hulk. Recommended.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.15 Mannochmore 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 Multifaceted and fascinating.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.51 Longmorn Sweet, Rich & Fruity 1984 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Balanced and fine. Worth a look.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Sting of a bee 42.5 1973 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 Very satisfying.A beautiful bourbon cask maturation. Superb to match with a cheesecake or lemon meringue pie. But the sting of the bee must be blunt,I did not feel it.
Abbey Whisky Ben Nevis, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 This is the Rolling Stones of whisky; nothing without the wood turned up loud! A very well aged liquid which is big and fruity once the air gets to it.
Aberfeldy 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A pleasant, mellow, mature whisky.
Aberfeldy Bits of Strange 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 8 Everything in its right place here and no mistake.
Aberlour 15 Years Old, Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Complex and sophisticated.
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 8 A dark, luxurious, post-prandial whisky from a distillery that is producing an increasing, and impressive range.
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 8 Darker, drier and more spicily assertive than the earlier version, despite only a slight difference in ages.
Adelphi Dailuaine 21 Years Old, Cask 4150
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 The confident virtues of a good Speyside whisky: malt, heather and peat. Well-combined but without either refinements or flourishes.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90% 8 Holds up very well in the middle but the woodiness at the end is overpowering.
Ailsa Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 8 Although pleasant, I think it has been bottled just in time.
Alberta Premium Canadian Rye 25 Years Old
Rye - Canada - 40.00% 8 Aha! it's Canadian. That explains its amenable nature. A different style.
AnCnoc 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Takes water nicely. A real fun summery mouthful.Session dram.
AnCnoc 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A superb nose, the palate is slightly restrained but still very enjoyable and harmonious as well.
anCnoc 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Simply gorgeous!