BenRiach Authenticus 25 year old, 46%

Price: $195 Issue: Fall 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Though sounding more like a character out of Asterix than a whisky, Authenticus is the code for the peated arm of the ever-expanding BenRiach portfolio. It's the smoke that you notice first, typically Highland-style wood smoke with a light aromatic lift akin to smoked meat. It's not a bludgeoning smoke however, because BenRiach's inherent orchard fruit sweetness is there alongside touches of beeswax. In other words, it has maturity. The key here is balance and harmony. £124