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
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 24 Years Old Bourbon 10th Edition
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00% 8 Now that's how I like my Bourbon, hard and spicy with no fat and flabby corn!
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.
Parker's Heritage Collection Original Batch
Wheat - U.S.A. - 63.70% 8 This has alcohol, complexity and character in abundance.
Paul John Indian Single Malt Select Cask Classic
Single Malt - India - 55.20% 9 The depth and complexity of this malt are breathtaking.
Paul John Indian Single Malt Single Cask Peated #777
Single Malt - India - 59.20% 8 Like a dusty, mature Bowmore.
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye - U.S.A. - 55.00% 8 It's a bit hardcore this one. If you have an allergy to bitter spices then I'd pass.
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.