In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
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Murray McDavid Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The characteristic salt and coconut characteristics of Springbank are very evident in this bottling, but perhaps overwhelmingly so. I may need more time to understand this one.
Oban Classic Malts Distillers Edition 1992
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 An appetizing dram like a dried fruit cake. Rich and malty. A drop of water will be enough to cheer it up. More knocks it down.
Oban Distillers Edition, Montilla
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Demonstrably an evocative whisky. Salty and winey, but neither as overt as in the comparable Glenmorangie Fino.
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.00% 8 If George T. Stagg was peated then it would probably be like this.
Octomore 07.4 Virgin Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.20% 8 Water makes it sweeter and smokier, but just like the George T Stagg, it has to be experienced as nature intended – neat!
Old & Rare Platinum Glen Garioch 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 This has lasted superbly for its age, proof that Glen Garioch is a seriously impressive malt, one that improves with lengthy maturation.
Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 8 Have this without water. Hinting at complexity.
Old Fitzgerald Very Special
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Surprising. Seems subdued at first, then shines through when oxygenated.
Old Forester 2009 Birthday Bourbon 1997 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.50% 8 Another bourbon? A bit austere but elegant and complex. I found more pleasure on nosing than tasting.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.50% 8 Balanced and complex. Recommended.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.50% 8 This is seriously intense and seriously impressive!
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 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.50% 4 A pleasant, mature whisky, which has almost succumbed to the oak.
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.