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Score

Ballantine's 21 year old, 40%

Price: $139 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Baked almond desserts liberally splashed with cream, light caramel, malted milk, and an invading cloud of smoke from newly ignited twigs: a lucky strike from a forest survivalist. On the palate, it is soft and blushing, with marmalade and warm butter, ground ginger, moving to chocolate orange, toffee, and Ovaltine. A whirl of spices and chunky chocolate round off this blend's finish stylishly. This has all the hallmarks of a perfect nightcap.