Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask (distilled at Highland Park) 15 year old, 50%

Price: $111 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Unlike ‘house' bottlings of Highland Park, all of which are aged in sherry casks, this expression in Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series has been matured in former bourbon wood. It was distilled in September 1996. Sweet and fruity on the nose, with nougat and peanut butter, plus a slightly herbal note, and finally discreet, sweet peat smoke. Medium-bodied, citric, and spicy, with a little smoke. Smokiness turns to ash in the finish, with citrus fruit and caramel. £70