Berry Brothers & Rudd (distilled at Mortlach) 1989 21 year old, 48%

Price: $94.00 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Immediately identifiable as Mortlach, with a pleasant, feral mélange of meat mingled with milk chocolate and gorse. There is elegant sweetness here, but expressed as a mix of the bittersweet caramelized juices stuck to the bottom of a roasting pan, with honey. The palate, unsurprisingly, is big, and medium dry, but here as well there's some sweetness in the form of black fruits. Mortlach, but in a slightly subtler guise than usual. £60