Adelphi 12 year old 2000 vintage (distilled at Bowmore), 56.1%

Price: $92 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

There's a fascinating journey taking place here. The nose takes you indoors; caramelized tropical fruits, coffee cake, a spent fire in the grate, and just the merest whiff of the waves hitting the beach. The palate, however, places you squarely aboard a yacht under sail: salt spray, deck and engine oil, worn leather upholstery. It seems way more mature than 12 years. The intensity is lost with water, but you gain more smoke. A great bottling.