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
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.
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.