Ballantine's 17 year old, 40%

Price: $69 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Malt biscuits, runny caramel, blended black tea, melting butter sliding across a hot skillet, the leather uppers on new Oxfords, and a more enjoyable waft of peat smoke than expected. Clean, light flavors; lime jelly, root ginger, initially not overly sweet, then a boost of honey, caramelized fruits, with toffee and cocoa later still. It's pricked with hints of smoke throughout, with a long finish of pepper and other spices. Perfectly enjoyable anytime.