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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 140 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Maybe just a little too eager to please, but maybe I'm just too hard to please.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Almond Tree
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 Quietly understated. An Edinburgh lawyer (but with a personality).

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive, 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The style of soothing dram you enjoy in summer on a warm afternoon. It will not fly you to the moon but it will take your stress away.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts Tropical Spice 19 Years Old 1990
Blended Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
8 On the edge of being too woody but manages to keep a pleasant balance if you give it time, peace and quiet ! A tribute to old age?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wemyss Vintage Malts Winter Spice 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.40%
8 A lovely dram. Sensuous and complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Westward Oregon Malt Whiskey Single Barrel
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Young but plenty of character. The alcohol is a touch aggressive but it does balance the sweetness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

WhistlePig 15 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 A brilliant rye. If the nose had the clarity and intensity of the rye that the palate did, it would be running for Editor's Choice.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Old World 12 Years
Rye - U.S.A. - 43.00%
8 Great balance of spirit and wood.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Whyte & Mackay Original 40 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.00%
8 Not exactly subtle,but one hell of a mouthful.Great blending.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Whyte & Mackay Special Reserve, 21 Years Old, Sherry Wood Finish
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Well-balanced and luscious. Keeps talking if you let it breathe. A blend of distinction.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Wild Turkey 10 Years Old, Russell's Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.50%
8 Slightly austere and cerebral. One to sip while watching a video of an art-house movie.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

William Grant's 18 Years Old, Deluxe Blend
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Leans toward peat-smoke, but beautifully composed. Luxurious. With a cigar?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

William Grant's 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A long maturation for a blend, but this has emerged with confidence, style and sophistication.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20%
8 Perhaps encouraged by the dark-orange colour, the descriptors sound sweet but overall effect is one of pithy dryness, with great finesse.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20%
8 Seductive. I found myself using such post-prandial language. Will she respect me in the morning?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Style White Corn
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20%
9 Copious eulogising is definitely deserved, but to be brief… wow!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

XOP Bowmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10%
8 A lovely, mature Islay malt which displays an excellent complexity of peat aromas and flavours.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 Surprisingly, water tones the oaky flavours down, bringing out more malty sweetness. Quite a self-indulgent dram.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 1980 Japanese White Oak Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00%
7 The most herbal and spicy of these three bottlings, and the most distinctive.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 1980 Vintage Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00%
8 Big but balanced. Shows complexity.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey
Blended - U.S.A. - 40.00%
8 I liked the nose but the palate was a little sweet and simplistic.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yoichi 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 This is a wonderful whisky at 10 Years Old. I love the almost shocking hit of heavy peating.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yoichi 12 Years Old, Peaty and Salty
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
8 An interesting combination of fruit and peat. They don't mingle, they keep playing hide and seek. More complexity than it appears. Water makes it caressing.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yoichi 12 Years Old, Woody and Vanillic
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
8 Soft and smooth whisky which seems tired. Not particularly exciting.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yoichi 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00%
8 Creamier than the 10 Years Old, but that softens the peatiness. Between these two, I preferred the peatier ten.


 

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