Douglas Laing Old Particular (distilled at Glenburgie) 25 year old, 49.3%

Price: $190 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Full gold. Big, robust, and sweetly fragrant, with honeysuckle, stewing elderflower. There's some oak, but it's not dominant. The palate starts creamy, then there's some caramel toffee with good distillery character. It melds freshness with the extra weight gained by gentle maturation. There's coconut and cassia on the end. You lose the sweetness with water, but you get more blossom and oak. Personally I'd go for it neat and sip slowly as a perfect summer dram.£130