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Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.

 

Issue 123 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 123

The World of Aberfeldy, Great Southern Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Icons of Whisky America

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Queen of the Moorlands Caol Ila 10 Years Old, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Very good, but better without water. Is Caol Ila the most consistent distillery ever? So many indies, so few duff drams.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
8 A deft, attractive, dram.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Auld Glen Moray 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.70%
8 An exemplary old gently matured whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Auld Cragganmore 1985 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.30%
8 The nose is pure confectionary, while the palate introduces a more masculine note.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Brora 1977, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
8 A lovely coastal malt. It's a shame that its surviving brother Clynelish is more muted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Brora 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10%
8 Refreshing start; soothing finish. Quite a trick.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Glendullan 1978 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50%
8 In the crush bar at the opera?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Millburn 1969 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20%
8 The mental picture is of an old library filled with leather bound volumes and someone smoking a pipe in the distance.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Old Highland Park 1970
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Disappointing. Where is the richness, and especially the island character?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Reference Series Reference Series III
Blended Malt - Scotland - 47.50%
8 Warm waffles drizzled in runny honey. Excellent stuff.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rittenhouse Very Rare 23 Years Old
- U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Fantastic balance. Highest recommendation.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rock Hill Farm Single Cask Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 The flavours may sound similar but it is the interplay of their subtleties that make this such an interesting whiskey. Try it with a double chocolate-chip cookie. Or a rocky road icecream.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 In the rich, luxurious, style, this is a long established favourite of mine.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Antique shop aromas. Oak and fruit locked in a sensual embrace.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Russell's Reserve Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A classic rye. Bartenders, this is what you need.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A big, rye experience.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Another Rye Whiskey ? The nose is a bit dour but the palate is more balanced. An interesting character.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old Bottled Fall 2007
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 More of a sipper than a cocktail rye.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scapa 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Scapa can seem a delicate whisky, but it is full of flavours, and deserves its growing following.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10%
9 Frighteningly good. Godzilla is alive and well and living in Campbeltown.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Highland Park 1970, 4.73
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50%
9 Not as sophisticated as the distillery bottlings, but robustly salty, earthy and peaty. Good characteristics, but in this bottling they mask the maltiness and sherry character. I wonder whether all is...


 

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