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
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.50% 8 Balanced and complex. Recommended.
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Too chimney-like for me. Lacks the balance between sweetness and dryness you need in such a peaty dram.
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 28 Years Old, The Ardbeggeddon 1972, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.40% 8 One of the best Ardbegs I have ever tasted. Full range of the distillery's typical flavours, lyrically combined.
Old Malt Cask Clynelish 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 All comes together at the end.
Old Malt Cask Director's Tactical Selection, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 This has it all but goes about it in an unflashy manner. Good.
Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40% 7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Forget about the first nose and enjoy that luscious exotic profile. But no water, thank you.
Old Pulteney 15 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 A slightly odd melange of flavours and textures...but it works.
Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A great combination of complexity and simplicity. A liquid fruit basket. Yummy.
Old Pulteney Isabella Fortuna WK499
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A charming dram. Rich, elegant, vibrant. A perfect uplifting cordial.
Pappy Van Winkle 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50% 8 A big guy. On a frosty Christmas Eve maybe, waiting for Santa Claus by the fireplace. No risk of falling asleep with this fellow!
Pappy Van Winkle 20 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20% 8 Showing its age, but I like its big, earthy, old-fashioned American flavours.
Parker's Heritage Collection 1996 Cask Strength Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 61.30% 8 Copes with high alcohol well. Great balance, poise and sophistication.
Parker's Heritage Collection 27 Years Old 96 Proof
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.00% 8 Heaven Hill has quietly been releasing some stunners in recent years. This is another.
Port Dundas 34 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 Lush and sexy. A truly delicious hedonistic dram.
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 A classic Port Ellen. A must-buy for peat heads.
Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 Very well balanced, this expression has enjoyed a great relationship with its cask.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.40% 8 A superb Port Ellen,more sophisticated than the Diageo one. Two styles. This one is more an indoor dram. Toeach his own.
Port Ellen 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 8 That dram gives you a briny hug. It warms you without burning. A zesty queen of the Hebrides.
Port Ellen 32 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 53.90% 8 Another shining example of shrewd cask selection.
Port Ellen 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 Complex with a good balance of fruit and peat.
Port Ellen 6th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 Takes no prisoners.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 After a few of these, the rebel leader (played by Anthony Quinn) toasts freedom, and we start firing our carbines in the air.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 All the action is in that finish. A clear points victory for the whisky, with brandy going the distance.
Private Collection Glen Mhor 44 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Amazingly lively for such an age, and that coal smoke is a signature of distillery character still hanging on in there.