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
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
Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A bourbon close to a rye whiskey,well structured and quite complex.
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.
Edinburgh Whisky Library Collection Glenlivet
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A wonderful fruit bomb of a malt but a bit too perfumed to want more than one dram of this at a time.
Elements of Islay Laphroaig Lp1
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 This has an extra dimension and added energy. Beautiful balance.
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.
Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Well, this certainly doesn't lack personality!
Evan Williams 1990, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 Very different in style. Liqueur-ish.
Evan Williams 1993, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 The big, malty, chocolately style that I associate with Evan Williams. A lovely, voluptuous, afterdinner bourbon. Gains from a splash of water.
Evan Williams Single Barrel 1999 Vintage
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 Clean very precise and well crafted.
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, 1994
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Another great vintage from Heaven Hill.
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30% 8 A superb Kentucky delight ! When old bourbons are oak controlled, they reach perfection.
Famous Grouse 1987 Vintage Malt Whisky
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The Grouse at its most graceful.
Famous Grouse 1989 Vintage Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The Grouse enthusiast who tastes this vatted version will be seduced by it. The aromas and flavours suggest malts from the company's own distilleries – and perhaps a little more Highland Park than l...
Famous Grouse Scottish Oak
Blended - Scotland - 45.00% 7 Seamlessly put together. Best drunk neat.
Four Roses 120th Anniversary Barrel Strength 110.8 Proof
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 55.40% 8 The perfumed aspect might not appeal to all,but the balance on this is great. Recommended.
Four Roses 2009 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 0.00% 8 Intriguing.