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
Glenturret 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.60% 8 An underrated distillery which, when on form, is up there with the best. More please!
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 A success.
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Traditional
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 This one really does have subtlety. A lovely, delicate aperitif.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 What you nose is what you get. A beautiful uncompromising version of Caol Ila. More enjoyable when neat.
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Breath-takingly complex!
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.
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.
High West Campfire
Blended - U.S.A. - 46.00% 8 A blend of peated malt and Bourbon? Very odd, but it works surprisingly well.
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.