Deanston 12 year old, 46.3%

Price: $60 Issue: Summer 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The nose immediately indicates the depth and complexity of this whisky: caramel, praline, Nutella, figs, raspberry jam, candied rose petal, Concord grape jelly, dark chocolate-dipped gingerbread, and leather book bindings all waft from the glass, and then appear at the first sip, buttressed by more spice, marmalade, pecans, coffee, and a touch of tobacco. The body is silky and pleasurable. It finishes with dried ginger, tobacco, mocha, and savory oak—nuanced and perfectly balanced.