Blue Hanger 9th Release, 45.6%

Price: $115 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

You have to take your hat off to Berry Bros. & Rudd's Doug McIvor, who is whisky's answer to Bruce Springsteen: consistently brilliant, complex, spanning the generations, and in the form of his life. This just doesn't let up, with plenty of smoke and peat in the mix, but with citrus fruits, some plummy depths, and a vanilla cushion. It's balanced perfectly. Born to run? You betcha.