Douglas Laing Old Particular (distilled at Deanston, Cask 10,426) 1994, 51.7%

Price: $133 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Distilled in June 1994, this example of Deanston was aged for 20 years in a refill butt, which ultimately yielded 188 bottles. Quite shy on the nose, a hint of starch, gentle malt, and ginger. Shows its true colors on the palate: relatively full-bodied and sweet, with peaches and over-ripe apricots. Softly spiced. The finish is lengthy and sweet, with cocoa powder and sprightly oak.£87