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
Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant, 37 Years Old, 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.80% 8 A dry character. Quite strictly framed by oak but releasing an interesting and complex spicy character.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lots of flavour but restrained and well balanced. Very confident. If there is a Speyside style, surely this is it.
Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A great wee aperitif. Fresh and fun.
Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A big powerful bruiser.
Berry's Own Selection Invergordon 38 Years Old 1971
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00% 8 The balance between sweet and sour is perfect. A grain whisky? I would have thought of an old bourbon.
Berry's Own Selection Lochside 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Well balanced, fresh and pleasant. The finish lacks some depth maybe. But that does not take the pleasure away.
Berry's Own Selection Longmorn 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A perfectly pretty dram but it is almost too light. Even delicate whiskies need backbone.
Berry's Own Selection Port Ellen
- Scotland - 46.00% 8 This is top notch stuff. One of the best Port Ellen's for some while. Snap it up.
Berry's Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1996, North British, Cask #224766
Single Grain - Scotland - 56.80% 8 Now, there's a full-bodied grain. If you are still not convinced by great Scottish grain, then buy this!
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1990, Auchroisk, Cask #21752
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 An utterly charming, classic, light Spey. A perfect dram for a warm summer's day!
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1992, Glenlossie, Cask #3472
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A beautiful, mature Spey. A little more oak would have seen it score even higher.
Berrys' SIngle Malt Scotch Whisky 1996, Clynelish, Cask #6424
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Now that's the sort of Highland whisky I like!
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2000, Glengoyne, Cask #1073
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Now that's what I call a breakfast malt. I think I'll have it with my honey nut cornflakes!
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2000, Glengoyne, Cask #1074
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A lovely whisky. A perfect marriage of American and sherry oak aged spirit.
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The smoke is omnipresent. A thick curtain which unveils luscious malty notes though. Islay on the nose and on the tongue.
Black Bottle 10 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 9 A delicious, appetising, new expression of Black Bottle. As a blend, it is a star.
Black Bull 12 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A pleasant dram. On the fruit side.
Black Bull 40 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.20% 8 A delicate yet full of character old whisky. Like walking in a flower garden at springtime.
Black Bull 40 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 47.60% 9 Impressive, high malt content with a few years on the clock.
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.