Ballantine's 12 year old, 40%

Price: $38 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Wow! A noticeable step up in quality than Ballantine's Finest (see below) with a perceptibly higher malt content. After Eight mints, Rolo toffees, spring florals, clean and creamy, plus some wood combine to produce an appealing nose. One sip confirms that this is gorgeously honeyed, layered, thick, and creamy, with heather honey, sweet oak, and ripe fruits, especially orange and mango. The finish is short, drying, sweet, and the only weak spot in an otherwise decent composition.