In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Titanic Belfast, Small Batch Blends, Toronto and Maker's Mark
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?
Midleton Very Rare
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Don't know how Barry Walsh keeps this standard up year on year, the most robust MVR in ages. Bravo!
Miyagikyo 22 Years Old 1986 Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00% 8 The soft juicy Miyagikyo shows its darkside.
Murray McDavid 1987,
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Both the name and the medicinal character suggests the distillery of origin.
Murray McDavid Highland Park 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Very good indeed as a lightish, delicate, interpretation of Highland Park.
Murray McDavid Mission II Linkwood 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Very sophisticated bittersweet flavours. Adults only.
Murray McDavid Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The characteristic salt and coconut characteristics of Springbank are very evident in this bottling, but perhaps overwhelmingly so. I may need more time to understand this one.
Oban Classic Malts Distillers Edition 1992
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 An appetizing dram like a dried fruit cake. Rich and malty. A drop of water will be enough to cheer it up. More knocks it down.
Oban Distillers Edition, Montilla
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Demonstrably an evocative whisky. Salty and winey, but neither as overt as in the comparable Glenmorangie Fino.
Old & Rare Platinum Glen Garioch 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 This has lasted superbly for its age, proof that Glen Garioch is a seriously impressive malt, one that improves with lengthy maturation.
Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 8 Have this without water. Hinting at complexity.
Old Fitzgerald Very Special
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Surprising. Seems subdued at first, then shines through when oxygenated.
Old Forester 2009 Birthday Bourbon 1997 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.50% 8 Another bourbon? A bit austere but elegant and complex. I found more pleasure on nosing than tasting.