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Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.

 

Issue 124 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 124

David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ichiro's Malt Ace of Diamonds 1986 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.40%
8 Intense and packs a considerable punch.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Ichiro's Malt Two of Clubs
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00%
8 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Water tames it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Inverleven 17 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00%
8 My summer drink already and it's barely spring.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Inverleven Deoch an Dora 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50%
8 A charming thirst-quencher. No water please. It is perfect straight.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 43.00%
8 The aroma that I associate with a traditional Irish. A superb example for everyday drinking.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson Gold
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...

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson Limited Edition, 15 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00%
8 Distinctive. A very full pot-still Irish.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 46.00%
8 Best neat. A sumptuous whiskey. Highly recommended.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Stylish and cool. Supper club whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Jura 35 Years Old, 1976 Feith A'Chaorainn
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Distillery character has not been overwhelmed by long maturation.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Karuizawa 1971 Cask No 6878
- Japan - 64.10%
8 Should only be consumed in small amounts by consenting adults. Highest recommendation

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Karuizawa 1988
Single Malt - Japan - 59.30%
8 Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Kilchoman Inaugural Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An enticing dram. With this soft and tender malty heart. Reminds me of an Ardbeg. The dram which takes you to the shore on a mild winter day.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Kilchoman, Abbey Whisky Exclusive 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30%
8 A huge big bruiser - quite a showstopper!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Kingsbury Islay 1973, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.40%
8 Has this cask slept so long that it cannot completely wake up?

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Kirin 18 Years Old, Fuji-Sanroku
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 For those who like cider rather sour than sweet! interesting combination for a whisky cooler. A refreshing aperitif.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Knockando 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Manages to retain its delicacy despite the big sherry notes.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70%
8 You can see into this like a rockpool. Clean and pristine. Complexity building.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40%
8 An all-timer.Delivers Islay briny atmosphere.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
8 A complex yet approachable Islay.


 

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