In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus
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.