In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special
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.
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.
Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 8 A deft, attractive, dram.
Rare Auld Glen Moray 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.70% 8 An exemplary old gently matured whisky.
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.
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.
Rare Malts Brora 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 8 Refreshing start; soothing finish. Quite a trick.
Rare Malts Glendullan 1978 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50% 8 In the crush bar at the opera?
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.
Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 8 An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.
Rare Old Highland Park 1970
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Disappointing. Where is the richness, and especially the island character?