In each issue of Whisky Magazine we award the very best whisky from our tastings with the coverted Editors Choice award.
A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Compass Box Flaming Heart
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 8 Worth a try but not the most subtle or refined of the range.
Compass Box Oak Cross
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Perky, smooth yet firm and spicy. Clever stuff and hugely drinkable.
Compass Box The Circus
Blended - Scotland - 49.00% 8 A heavily sherried, high malt content blend with some maturity.
Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90% 8 Not so much a Monster,more a Big Friendly Giant.
Connemara Single Malt Irish whiskey
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 8 The revival of rustic peatiness adds a whole new element to today's palette of Irish whiskey flavours.
Cooper's Choice Caol Ila 1992, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Incredibly appetising. Perhaps a touch more acidity somewhere would balance the sweetness.
Cooper's Choice Dallas Dhu 1970, 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Delicious Dallas Dhu does it again. How long can this go on?
Cooper's Choice Glen Grant 1977 27 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A Speysider with a rich chestnut colour, plenty of aroma and lots of flavour. Makes a change from the dumbed-down and the terminally delicate.
Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A delicious afterdinner malt.
Cooper's Choice Mortlach 1990 16 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Yup, it's Mortlach alright. Every bit as good as the OB.
Cooper's Choice Mortlach 1990, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Delicious, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Cragganmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Give this lots of time. Do so and you will be richly rewarded.
Cragganmore 1984 Distillers Edition, Ruby Port Finish, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Connoisseurs might miss the austerity of the original – or enjoy the added layer of fruity, winey, sweetness.
Cragganmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.40% 9 A stunning dram! Sensational neat or with water.
Cragganmore 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 At this age, more complex and elegant than ever. No obvious sherry.
Craigellachie 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 It has charm and thankfully enough sweet honey and creamy oak to balance its industrial character.
Craigellachie Hotel Glenlivet 2002 Single Cask Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 8 Very sherryish, but just enough of the Glenlivet's fruity-flowery character sings through. Beautifully judged.
Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 8 Now, that's a chunky, coffeed malt. Who needs a breakfast coffee when you can have this?
Cù Bòcan Cherry Cask
- Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lovely nose. The oak has its wicked way with the palate.
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.
Darkness! Tobermory 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 9 A lovely character if you like a good chunk of manure with your malt. Funnily enough, I do!
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.