In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon
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 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.
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.