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Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

Whisky Magazine Recommended - Silver Award

In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.

 

Issue 121 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses

 

Winners

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Dewar Rattray Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 52.10%
8 Shy at first but cheering up on cake aromas. A liquid pudding.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Douglas Laing Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Forget your herbal tea. Go for this fantastic Islay potion!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Dun Bheagan Lowland 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A pretty face with muddy feet.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Duncan Taylor Glenrothes Octave Range 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80%
9 Give it time. Balanced, complex and recommended.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Duncan Taylor Octave Caol Ila 1983 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70%
8 A bit of an old sea beast!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A deeply classy bourbon. Recommended

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A bourbon close to a rye whiskey,well structured and quite complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Eddu Gold
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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Elements of Islay Laphroaig Lp1
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
8 This has an extra dimension and added energy. Beautiful balance.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Evan Williams 1990, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 Very different in style. Liqueur-ish.


 

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