Adelphi Breath of Islay 13 year old, 56.6%

Price: $101.00 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The latest bottling of “Breath” is like a whisky smuggler's tale. There's the smell of old waxed walking boots, wet moss, damp earth, crushed bog foliage — heather, bog myrtle — burlap sacking, and a hastily smothered fire. The smoke is well controlled all the way, which helps to allow its scents to run over bitter coffee and a balancing central sweetness. Robust, hairy, and uncompromising, this is less of a breath and more of a roar. £65