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
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.
Edinburgh Whisky New Town Blends “The Advocates Batch”
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 This subscribes to the simple fact of good spirit plus good wood equals a good blend!
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 18 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Now that has some serious character and an almost Knob Creek-like hardness.
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.
Four Roses Bourbon Limited Edition Small Batch 2015 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 54.30% 9 You have to love that raw character!
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2010 Release
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 55.00% 8 Another unsung hero shows its quality. Excellent layering effect.