In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon
Gordon & MacPhail St Magdalene 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Typically lowland, with a nice progression of sensation: sweet, malty then zingy.
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Proof that blends are not inferior to single malts!
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 9 Enjoyable whiskey. The wood was a little intrusive on the palate, but the finish was superb.
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.
Grindlay's Single Cask Release Glentauchers 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50% 9 Now that's how I like my Speys. Beautifully complex and layered.
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.
Hyde Irish Whiskey 10 Years Old Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 9 A classic, full-bodied Irish malt.
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 Card Joker
Single Malt - Japan - 57.70% 8 Now this is how I like my sherry matured whiskies, with a bit of age and oxidation notes to add character.
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.