In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
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Lagavulin 1979 Distillers Edition, Pedro Ximenez Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 9 The wrestling match between distillery character and Pedro Ximinez finish ends, at length, in a draw.
Lagavulin 1989 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50% 8 Pent up power and energy. Lagavulin at its best. A must-buy.
Lagavulin 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.00% 8 Very easy to drink at this strength. A fabulous, deep and smoky whisky.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1991
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 Peat and iodine are not all. There's got to be texture and complexity. And this one has got it all.
Laphroaig 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The most medicinal of Islay malts. I love it.
Laphroaig 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Lively. Full of flavours. Multi-faceted.
Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Not the big phenolic guy but a very refreshing islander. Smoke is well integrated and the aromatic display is elegant.
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 Interesting combination of flavours. A Bourbon? Avoid water, spoils it.
Linkwood 26 Years Old, Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50% 7 A bourbon cask maturation followed by a rum finish ? Take your time to enjoy this sunny dram. Really subtle.
Linkwood 26 Years Old. Wine Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Oak is leading the way but in an elegant way. A very spicy dram. To be matched with a beef stroganoff maybe.
Longmorn 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 I had never noticed the rose water note before, I also find it in Linkwood – from the same valley.
Longmorn 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 A rewarding marriage of weight and elegancy.
Longmorn 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Great balance and depth. At last! Longmorn gets the bottling it deserves.
Longmorn 31 Years Old Bottle for the Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.80% 8 An extremely complex – and for me, pleasant – nose is matched by a dense and demanding palate.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A belter. Highest recommendation
Longrow 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A beautifully composed whisky. Classic intense, Scottish flavours.
Longrow 10 Years Old, Sherrywood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Many blenders feel that second-fill sherry casks give a more balanced result than first-fill. This whisky is a lesson in that technique.
Mackmyra Special:01 Eminent Sherry
Single Malt - Sweden - 51.60% 8 A lovely dram. Delicate on the nose, quite brisk on the palate. But with a good substance. Invigorating.
MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 More robust and less sophisticated than the distillery bottlings.
Maker's Mark 46
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00% 8 Energetic and with considerable class. Highly recommended.
Master of Malt 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cleanliness, style and substance. A wee cracker!
Master of Malt Ardbeg That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Blended Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 8 A perfect islander. More phenolic than smoky and so well balanced. The ocean in your glass. Bring the oysters!
Master of Malt Laphroaig 10 Years Old 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 The perfect image of the countryside in autumn on a wet chilly morning, with a mixture of fog and smoke hovering over the fields and the woods. Very suggestive.
Michael Collins Blend
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Visually, a very attractive whisky – rich amber and gloriously viscous. If my suspicions are correct, an earlier expression of this whisky reminded me of a Peshwari Nan. Must be shared and discussed...
Midleton Very Rare
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 In general, Midleton is a bit too elegant for me, but this is a lovely vintage. The Yquem of whiskies?