In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant
Blended - Ireland - 43.00% 8 Long one of my great favourites. In composition, it is the the simplest of blends, yet it demonstrates how malt can someimes be enhanced by a leavening of grain.
Blair Athol Berrys' Own Selection 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Best neat. Slightly firm but well worth a look.
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.50% 8 A complex, rich and interesting character. Water cuts the edges and adds creaminess. A real delight.
Blanton's Original Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 49.50% 8 A bourbon with dessert.
Blue Hanger 25 Years Old, Second Release
Blended - Scotland - 45.60% 8 The nose suggests a winter warmer, but the palate performs as a summer refresher.
Booker's 6 to 8 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.50% 8 Every time I taste small batch bourbon, this one comes out on top for me.
Booker's 6 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.25% 8 Wonderfully expansive. Seems to embrace the tastes of the south, all the way from Kentucky to Louisiana.
Bowmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Glad to see a Bowmore with an age rather than a brand-name.
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 9 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Not that dark – just tawny. Whisky in its mid teens, I would say, but from superb sherry casks.
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 After that smoky start, becomes much more toffeeish than most Bowmores. But is this a good thing?
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A well-knitted dram,although suffering from being bottled at 40%.
Brora 1980 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.30% 8 This will be recognised as one of the finest Brora bottlings. Snap it up.
Brora 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 A big boy. But if you give it time,you'll tame it. The fruity notes display is really scrumptious.
Brora 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 A big beast, but the butiric knocks its score down.
Bruichladdich Berrys' Own Selection 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A summery whisky. Refreshing. Thirst-quenching.
Bruichladdich Celtic Nations
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Seems to have stored all the ingredients for a healthy breakfast. A morning dram? Quite inviting.
Bruichladdich Infinity Second Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 Alcohol is perfectly tamed. No burn or tang. A cheery dram for a sunny afternoon.
Bruichladdich Second Edition 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I seem to have fallen into a breakfast reverie. This would be best with a Japanese breakfast.
Bruichladdich XVII, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I shall try this in a Caipirinha, with a CD of Annie Ross at her peak.
Buffalo Trace Thomas Hardy, Sazerac
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80% 8 A broad shouldered whisky. Not for the fainted-hearts.Some like it hot.
Buffalo Trace William La Rue Weller
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 66.75% 8 A substantial, stylish Bourbon.
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 An excellent rye, keeping the perfect balance between sweet and sour, fruit and oak.
Bushmills 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 All the woods are influential, especially the port in the finish. A dextrous balancing act.
Bushmills 1608 Reserve
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Very rich and sweet, but still a Bushmills.