Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, 50%

Price: $68 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

This has good breadth and hints of honey-nut cornflakes on the nose, with the distillery's sweet, lemon-fresh/floral core still evident, but skewed more toward roasted notes, like toasted rice and sun-dried grasses; even a hint of the felt-festooned interior of a woolen mill. Water brings out meadowsweet. Raspberries lead on the palate, contrasting with the crisp, nutty chaff notes. It's citric and gingery on the finish, but has drive and energy. £42