In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Kentucky, Louisville, Benromach
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.
Bushmills 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 A delicious whisky. The sweetness and nuttiness of Bushmills whiskey and of Madeira are an enjoyable double-act. The whiskey has to work hard to avoid being upstaged.
Bushmills Black Bush
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Beautifully balanced.
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 Tightly combined flavours. Delicate. Elegant.
Cadenhead's Dumbarton (Inverleven Stills) 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 A great delicacy but the strength needs to be put down by a good dash of water. But it is not enough to cut all the edges off.
Cadenhead's Millburn 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 8 Not a great aromatic display. A cardboardy touch on the palate. Water soothes alcohol a little while underlining the unidimensional aniseed/minty profile.
- Scotland - 54.40% 8 Mature. A great start!
Canto Over 10 Years Old Cask No 46
- Scotland - 53.20% 8 Oak-driven,but not oak-dominated. There's a difference.
Canto Over 10 Years Old Cask No 6
- Scotland - 53.10% 8 A more intense version. Highly recommended.
Caol Ila 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 8 Just one of a great clutch of smoky drams this time around.
Caol Ila Berrys' Own Selection 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80% 8 Another marine fellow. Straightforward,muscular but not assertive. Invigorating.
Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable.
Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1995
- Scotland - 43.00% 8 A charming nose which is not fully delivered on the palate. But an excellent dram all together.
Caskstrength & Carry On Benriach 1996 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20% 8 Sherry and Bourbon goodness, quite unusual for Benriach. Perfect for these autumnal evenings.
Celtique Connexion 1993 Monbazillac Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Quite a strong character. Uncompromising warmth. Good balanced. You need to like it hot to enjoy the dram.
Celtique Connexion Cadillac Wood Finish 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A whispering dram. Nothing wrong with that. You've just got to tune in to its delicacy. The character is full and complex. Dangerously enticing especially with a dash of water.
Chieftain's Choice Brora 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Elegant and highly individual. Takes no prisoners.
Chieftain's Choice Caol Ila 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Here we go again...Caol Ila hits the nail on the head yet again.
Chieftain's Choice Glencadam 1985, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Graceful and characterful. To be sipped on a midsummer starlit night. A true dancing dram.
Chivas Brothers Glenallachie 15 Years Old, Cask Strength Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 8 Perhaps too sweet for some malt lovers but packed with flavour. Bland it ain't.
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A bit overbalanced by sherry, but nicely rounded by the smoky finish.
Chivas Regal 25 Years old
- Scotland - 40.00% 8 Great blending,but it would be even better if bottled at a slightly higher strength.
Clan Denny Lochside 1963, Great Single Grain
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.20% 8 A liquid pudding! Rich and old.