Dailuaine 1980 34 year old (Diageo Special Release 2015), 50.9%

Price: $2000 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

That rarely-spotted beast Dailuaine gets the Special Release treatment. This example has come from refill American oak and has immediate marzipan notes on top of the distillery's fascinating mix of meaty density and sweetness. In time there are fat fruits, Victoria plum, bitter citrus, faded green leafiness, and chocolate notes. The palate is ripe, rich, and profound, with a hint of tropical fruits cut with cacao. Long, elegant, and complex, this is the best of this year's bunch for me.