BenRiach Solstice 17 year old (Batch 2), 50%

Price: $93 Issue: Fall 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Or ‘Fumabat Porticus' as it should be called—smoky whisky in a port cask—not that you need to be told that when you see the color. The port takes the upper hand on the nose, giving a layer of black raspberry, sloe, and cranberry sauce. The smoke hangs in the background. This juicy fruitiness carries through to the tongue where the smoke now adds much-required dry balance. The higher alcohol also stops it becoming too jammy. £59