In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery
Cutty Sark 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 45.70% 8 The extra years serve Cutty well. It is confident, expressive, expansive.
Cutty Sark 33 Years Old Art Deco
Blended - Scotland - 41.70% 9 Rum baba in a glass, a stand out whisky in this flight
Darkness! Ben Nevis 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.00% 8 You might think that it is sherry matured but no, it's 100% American oak aged.
Deanston Virgin Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 8 An enticing summery character. To be enjoyed with fruit puddings.
Dewar Rattray Balblair 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.80% 8 A rich multi layered whisky which, surprisingly, I enjoyed better without water. The latter enhances a bitter tone.
Dewar Rattray Balmenach 26 Years Old 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20% 4 A complex and vibrant whisky. Like walking in an orchard on a crisp morning. A dram to clear your mind on a dull morning.
Dewar Rattray Bowmore 1990, 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 Straightforward and uncompromising. Very good balance. The classic Islay outdoor dram for simple enjoyment.
Dewar Rattray Bowmore 1990, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 8 Has richness and some finesse.
Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90% 8 Not as elegant and complex as some in this flight, but the breakfast it evoked was hearty and delicious.
Dewar Rattray Caol Ila 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 An enticing young beauty. Matches subtlety with character.
Dewar Rattray Caol Ila 1991, 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Fishy yet sweet. Kipper crumble in a hospital anyone?
Dewar Rattray Glen Grant 1985 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 8 A definite sharpness which hides a sweeter character. Water does not help much, enhancing the pepperiness. For those who like it hot.
Dewar Rattray Highland Park 24 Years Old Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 8 Decent enough, and the palate is lovely, but somehow you expect more after 24 years in the cask.
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.
Dry Fly Straight Washington Wheat Whiskey
Wheat - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 Fantastically complex with the oak playing second fiddle to the spirit character.