In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Black Velvet Distillery, Travelling in Alberta, Glen Keith Distillery and Masters of Photography
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1948
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 1948? Amazing. Has retained a refined almost raffish air and though frail is not overwooded.
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A ghost-like dram almost too elusive to grasp.
Gordon & MacPhail St Magdalene 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Typically lowland, with a nice progression of sensation: sweet, malty then zingy.
Greenore 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 A very stylish grain which is showing grip and character rather than just getting sweeter and flabbier with age.
Hakushu 12 Years Old Pure Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 8 A beautifully structured, appetising, whisky. Captivating.
Heaven Hill Signature
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80% 8 Great personality. Seems to have age but has the weight to balance.
Highland Park 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A beautifully balance classic islander.
Highland Park 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Strangely similar to a golden rum - albeit a smoky one.
Highland Park 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 For those with a sweeter palate.
Highland Park 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Balanced and lightly complex.
Highland Park 21 Years Old
- Scotland - 47.50% 8 A drier expression of HP from the norm and all the more fascinating for that.Recommended.
Highland Park 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.10% 9 Have this one with dessert.
Highland Park Hjarta
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 8 It is almost like they have put the usual 12 Years Old on steroids. Great stuff.
Hokuto 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 8 A wee cracker. Nothing sophisticated. Clean, straight and well combined. Quite cheering.
Ichiro's Malt 1988 Single Malt Vintage
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 A pungent character. Warm phenolic and uncompromising but hiding a pleasant cereal sweetness. The alcoholic strength is somewhat burning though. Water helps but does not cut all the sharp edges.
Ichiro's Malt Ace of Diamonds 1986 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.40% 8 Intense and packs a considerable punch.
Ichiro's Malt Ace of Hearts, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Water cuts the edges a little but does not mellow the sourness.
Ichiro's Malt Two of Clubs
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Water tames it.
Inverleven 17 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00% 8 My summer drink already and it's barely spring.
Inverleven Deoch an Dora 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 A charming thirst-quencher. No water please. It is perfect straight.
Islay Mist 17 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cutting this to 40% means it's lost some of its energy. Let's have a cask strength version!
Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A distinctively Laphroaig-led blend, even though that distillery and this blend are now owned by separate companies.
James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt
Blended - Scotland - 58.30% 8 Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?
Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 43.00% 8 The aroma that I associate with a traditional Irish. A superb example for everyday drinking.
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 There is some virgin oak in this one, along with bourbon casks. Bonus points for trying something new, but would have expected more interesting results. I find it a bit light tasting. Try it with fres...