Bowmore 15 year old Laimrig, 53.7%

Price: $118 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

This Bowmore has been finished in sherry casks, but without allowing the exuberance of the cask to overwhelm the dram. Instead, there's concentrated stone fruits, lifted smoke, dried mint, dark chocolate, bitter orange peels, and some smoke. There's a teasing hint on the tongue of tropical fruits, then a deepening mix of plump dried figs and sultana. Long, layered, with the smoke seamlessly involved, adding accents rather than fogging up proceedings. (Whisky Shop chain only)£70