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
The GlenDronach Peated
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A textbook example of how to use peat without swamping the character of the spirit.
The Glenlivet 1967 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 The Glenlivet is the fruitiest, most flowery and most delicate.
The Glenlivet 1967 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.32% 8 Lots of flavour development. I enjoyed this one.
The Glenlivet 1970 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.58% 8 Enjoyable, but I expected a little more.
The Glenlivet Guardian's Chapter
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 You could argue that it's a bit simple but when it delivers simple like this, who needs complexity?
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.70% 8 Like a beautiful and entertaining tapestry. A work of art.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50% 8 You would have thought at this ABV it needs water, but that just makes it overly sweet and confected.
The Glenlivet XXV
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Just needs a little more in the middle.
The Glenronach Allardice 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Deep,layered and sweet with great balance. Seek it out.
The Glenrothes 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I have always felt that Glenrothes deserved to be more widely appreciated and this bottling confirms that opinion. It is on the sweet side, but beautifully rounded. A sophisticated afterdinner malt.
The Glenrothes 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 This is head and shoulders above everything else in this tasting. Fills all the senses.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Sultry and brooding. Katharine Hepburn in a glass.
The Glenturret 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50% 9 Its maturity is obvious from the onset, the citrus notes give it a lovely vibrancy.
The Last Vatted Malt
Blended - Scotland - 53.70% 8 Every element in harmony and adding to a complex whole. A triumph.
The Lost Distillery Company Classic Selection Lossit
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I can feel the salt crystals forming on my tongue after that one!
The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Very satisfying.
The Macallan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Can a malt be both popular and good? Of course, but not if your taste is determined by elitism. (The same applies to musicians, writers, etc).
The Macallan 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A lovely whisky in its own right, but not quite as layered as the best vintages.
The Macallan 1926, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 A privilege to taste such an old whisky but I just cannot handle such woody astringency.
The Macallan 1937, 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Blindfold, I am not sure I would not recognise this as a Macallan until that familiar finish.
The Macallan 1940, 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 Not quite the complexity of the 1946 and 1948. Oaky woodiness begins to intrude.
The Macallan 1946, 52 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 A whisky of seductive charm.
The Macallan 1951 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60% 8 I am a great devotee of the older Macallans, but this one is too woody for me.
The Macallan 1977, 25 Years Old, Christopher's Queen's Jubilee Magnum
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 Lighter-bodied and drier than the others. I found it a little thin in the middle.
The Macallan 1989, Exceptional Cask V
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 8 Lovely pinkish mahogany colour. Big esters, together with alcohol, balance a surprising degree of woodiness. Drinks older than it is. Another fogeyish bottling.