In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special
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.
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