Ainsley Brae 12 year old (Distilled at Royal Brackla), 40%

Price: $65 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

An array of tropical fruit aromas—guava, papaya, green banana—mingle with incense, fresh herbs, and homemade cranberry sauce. The palate is light, silky, and flavorful: strawberry, pineapple, grapefruit soda, and milk chocolate, with a brief cigar-wrapper finish. A higher proof would go a long way to turn this whisky from merely pleasant to excellent. (Total Wine & More)