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Issue 117 - The Editor's choice

Whisky Magazine Issue 117
February 2014


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The Editor's choice

Some top tips from Whisky Magazine's archive

Whenever a new issue of Whisky Magazine is published, everyone eagerly flips to the new whisky releases reviewed in the back. The Editor's Choice is your shortcut to picking out the best of the bottles based on the exceptional quality of their aromas and flavours. Packaging, limited editions and price should not enter the equation. If you had followed the salient advice of the reviewers and purchased a bottle of each Editor's Choice, you would have built up a remarkable whisky collection by now. You could say they were right under your nose all along. Some will have rocketed in value since being released. Others will have been too irresistible not to tug out the corks and consume. Remembering Whisky Magazine Editors past and present, we plunder the archives for some choice whiskies.

The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1972
Cask 14816
Bottler: William Grants
Region: Speyside WM tasting scores: 9.25 & 9 (Issue 34)
Recent auction price: £880
Auction: Scotch Whisky Auctions, Glasgow
Date: July 2013 Comment: Number One Drinks supremo Marcin Miller was Editor when this Balvenie was selected as a new release back in Issue 34 (the Sean Connery cover issue from October 2003). Given the popularity and auction success of recent bottlings from this distillery, it's amazing this 30 year old single cask Balvenie doesn't sell for more.

Bowmore 1968 37 Years Old
Bottler: Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd
Region: Islay
WM tasting scores: 9.5 & 9 (Issue 59)

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