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Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.

 

Issue 145 Out Now

A visit to Highland Park, Willie Cochrane and Claive Vidiz interviewed. Plus we kick off Battle of the Blends series three.

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenlivet XXV
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Just needs a little more in the middle.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenronach Allardice 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Deep,layered and sweet with great balance. Seek it out.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenrothes 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 This is head and shoulders above everything else in this tasting. Fills all the senses.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Sultry and brooding. Katharine Hepburn in a glass.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Last Vatted Malt
Blended - Scotland - 53.70%
8 Every element in harmony and adding to a complex whole. A triumph.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Very satisfying.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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).

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1946, 52 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
9 A whisky of seductive charm.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 21 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Fine if you're a bourbon fan, but this is perhaps a little too far for me.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 30 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 I was wrong! This is infinitely better.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 50 Years Old, Millennium Decanter
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
9 This is on the woody side. A little too woody for me in its late astringency, but it is always a privilege to taste such old whiskies.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Easter Elchiles Cask Selecttion 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60%
8 A sherry bomb but has sweetness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Exceptional Cask IV
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40%
8 Not so much a winter whisky as a bear-hug. Or do the Grampians have a Mac Yeti?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Fifties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Closest to The Macallan of today, appropriately enough.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan Forties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A similar style to 30s but less delicate and more robust.


 

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