In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses
Dewar Rattray Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 52.10% 8 Shy at first but cheering up on cake aromas. A liquid pudding.
Dewar Rattray Invergordon 40 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.10% 8 A strange, huge, dark and dense whisky. Try with Pecan pie or scallops seared in burnt butter. Surely a nod to the Ozarks?
Dewar Rattray Mortlach 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.44% 7 The lack of interaction between oak and spirit makes this hard to get excited about.
Dimensions Dimension Glenburgie 1985 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20% 8 An enticing nose and lively palate. I prefer it neat than diluted as I think water cuts too many edges... Try it to your taste!
Douglas Laing Bowmore 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Bowmore is a great malt. Let's see more of it in straightforward ages.
Douglas Laing Caol Ila 1979 26 Years Old, The Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 8 Should have been taken out of the cask a few years back. Easy to say now of course.
Douglas Laing Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 For the end of the evening. Of considerable complexity and will require several attempts before it's cracked. Not for everyone.
Douglas Laing Laphroaig 15 Years Old, 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A lean and lively Laphroaig, more smoky than seaweedy. The flavours are long and persistent. Enjoyable, more-ish and appetising.
Douglas Laing Laphroaig 16 Years Old, Limburg Whisky Fair Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 At first, I did not recognise this as a Laphroaig. Then I thought that age must have muted its attack, but 16 is scarcely venerable. Can a whisky be an old fogey?
Douglas Laing Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Forget your herbal tea. Go for this fantastic Islay potion!
Dry Fly Cask Strength Wheat
Wheat - U.S.A. - 60.00% 8 ?Some will say this is bottled at too high a strength – I might have to agree with them, but the core of this whisky is excellent. One to disagree over.
Dun Bheagan Littlemill 21 Years Old, Sherry finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Full flavours but slightly tired. A Lowlander for Christmas? Well, perhaps for Boxing Day.
Dun Bheagan Lowland 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A pretty face with muddy feet.
Duncan Taylor Bruichladdich 1969, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 Good balance – has stood up to its cask well, retaining a zest not overwhelmed by age.
Duncan Taylor Glen Grant 1970, Speyside Region Selection No 2
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70% 7 A lot of cask here but strangely subtle for such a heavy beast.
Duncan Taylor Glenrothes Octave Range 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 Give it time. Balanced, complex and recommended.
Duncan Taylor Invergordon 40 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 50.30% 8 An interesting profile. Well matured. The butyric note on the nose does not echo on the palate.
Duncan Taylor Inverleven 26 Years Old, Cask 1873
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10% 8 An interesting character. Much sweeter on the palate than expected from the nose. Water brings out an unpleasant cardboardy touch.
Duncan Taylor Octave Caol Ila 1983 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70% 8 A bit of an old sea beast!
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A deeply classy bourbon. Recommended
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A bourbon close to a rye whiskey,well structured and quite complex.
Single Malt - France - 43.00% 8 Well put together. Oak is well integrated. Deserves paying attention. To be paired with a dry ewe cheese like amanchego.
Elements of Islay Laphroaig Lp1
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 This has an extra dimension and added energy. Beautiful balance.
Elijah Craig 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00% 8 Less structured than might be expected in a 12 Years Old, but a perilously drinkable, appetising bourbon.
Evan Williams 1990, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 Very different in style. Liqueur-ish.