Blue Hanger 10th Blended Malt, 45.6%

Price: $100 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

With some powerhouse whiskies in the blend (including an '87 Bunnahabhain), it's a surprise that the nose is so reserved, with citrus, ginger, and honey. On the palate you need your flavor shovel to unearth a core of typically strong flavors, including leather, oak, salt, dark chocolate, and even rancio. It's delicious but highly elusive. The finish is medium and quite dry. What an odd blend. I haven't had to work this hard for a blend in a long time. (U.S. only)