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
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 Moment Vintage
Single Malt - Sweden - 48.60% 8 Wonderfully intense. Comes across like a multi-grain barley / rye whisky. A drop of water takes off the edge.
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 (Single Cask Series) Paul John 6 Years Old
Single Malt - India - 59.70% 9 Absolutely stunning. If this is the distillery I think it is, it continues to impress me with its releases.
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...
Michter's Barrel Strength Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 54.00% 9 An example of fine American spirit.
Michter's Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.20% 8 An absolutely fascinating nose.
Michter's Straight Rye 10 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.60% 8 Intense! Some may find it too dry and bitter, but to me, its fun!
Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 58.10% 8 It displays both youthful and mature-ish notes. One thing it definitely doesn't lack is oak though!
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!
Millstone Special #7 Heavy Peated
Single Malt - Netherlands - 46.00% 8 Big, robust, chunky, very malty and with just the right amount of peat. Impressive.
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 Gold: Mortlach 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% 8 Lots going on, a few too many wrinkles for me.
Murray McDavid Mission II Linkwood 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Very sophisticated bittersweet flavours. Adults only.