Adelphi (distilled at Glenrothes) 7 year old, 67.4%

Price: $135 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Massive with a huge sherried attack; seven years is the right time to bottle. There's light raisin, date, and fig roll/treacle toffee, but it's a funny one as it develops; while it is superficially impressive, it becomes clear that the oak-driven and distillery-derived parts, aren't talking to each other. Water brings out light cask-driven sulfur. On the palate, the black fruits and Demerara rum take initial charge along with menthol. It's tannic already, though. Lacks integration, but what else to do?