Cadenhead's (distilled at Caol Ila) 22 year old, 52.2%

Price: $156 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

With no great wood on show, this is a Caol Ila which is time—not oak—driven. A very scented, nay herbal start, like bouquet garni with light smoke, grapefruit, sea-washed stones, ozone, and heather blossom. The retention of aromatics is gorgeous. Water increases the peat effect but diminishes the aromatics, so take your choice. Well worth a look.