Arbikie Highland Rye 1794, 48%

Price: $140 Issue: Spring 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Arbikie's signature rye is matured in virgin oak casks, giving notes of cinnamon swirls, choux pastry, vanilla seeds, flaked chocolate, and allspice, developing a little savory pepperiness on the nose as it opens up. The flavors are superb, with vanilla pod, caramel popcorn, honeyed fruit pulp, apricot, cocoa, and cinnamon, opening up a deep well of swirling spices. Hints of butterscotch follow, ending enticingly with vanilla toffee and clove. (Editors' Choice)