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
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.
Isle of Arran Distillery Smugglers' Series Vol.1 'The Illicit Stills'
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.40% 8 A big, malty dram that needs some water to assess.
Isle of Skye 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A beautiful, mature whisky
James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt
Blended - Scotland - 58.30% 8 Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?
Jameson 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 43.00% 8 The aroma that I associate with a traditional Irish. A superb example for everyday drinking.
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 There is some virgin oak in this one, along with bourbon casks. Bonus points for trying something new, but would have expected more interesting results. I find it a bit light tasting. Try it with fres...
Jameson Limited Edition, 15 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Distinctive. A very full pot-still Irish.
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
Blended - Republic of Ireland - 46.00% 8 Best neat. A sumptuous whiskey. Highly recommended.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Stylish and cool. Supper club whisky.
Jura 35 Years Old, 1976 Feith A'Chaorainn
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Distillery character has not been overwhelmed by long maturation.
Jura Tastival 2016
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 9 A superbly balanced malt. Need I say anything more?!
Karuizawa 1971 Cask No 6878
- Japan - 64.10% 8 Should only be consumed in small amounts by consenting adults. Highest recommendation
Single Malt - Japan - 59.30% 8 Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.
Kilchoman Inaugural Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An enticing dram. With this soft and tender malty heart. Reminds me of an Ardbeg. The dram which takes you to the shore on a mild winter day.
Kilchoman, Abbey Whisky Exclusive 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 A huge big bruiser - quite a showstopper!
Kilkerran 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Classic, oozing character and class. If you love this style of whisky, then it's a must buy!
Kingsbury Islay 1973, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.40% 8 Has this cask slept so long that it cannot completely wake up?
Kinloch 35 Years Old Vintage Blend
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 You could say it's a one-dimensional sherry-heavy blend, but it has some lovely maturity.