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 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.
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.
The Macallan 30 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 8 I was wrong! This is infinitely better.
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.
The Macallan Easter Elchiles Cask Selecttion 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 8 A sherry bomb but has sweetness.
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?
The Macallan Fifties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Closest to The Macallan of today, appropriately enough.
The Macallan Forties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A similar style to 30s but less delicate and more robust.
The Macallan Replica 1874
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 A deft re-creation. This version is notably estery.
The Macallan Replica, 1841
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.70% 8 Delicious whisky, of true sophistication and style. Tasted blindfold, it seems a perfect whisky for today, not an evocation of the past. I would re-package it as 2041.
The Macallan Royal Marriage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.80% 8 A classic Macallan.
The Macallan Special Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 This is true of several of the older Macallans, suggesting that the sherry casks had contained styles other than dry Oloroso.
The Macallan That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.90% 8 A well matured sherried malt. A beautiful after dinner dram to enjoy with a praline chocolate. Avoid adding water with this one.
The Macallan Twenties
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Despite a relatively full colour, suggesting plenty of sherry, the Macallan flavours shine through. The driest of these bottlings.
The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.80% 8 Yet again Macallan on form. Great interplay with oak and spice.
The Tweeddale 16 Years Old Single Lowland Grain
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A pleasant grain with good balance and character. Ideal for exploring grain whiskies.
The Tweeddale Blend 12 Years Old - Batch 2
Blended - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A lovely old-fashioned blend.