Douglas Laing Old Particular (distilled at Macallan) 21 year old, 51.5%

Price: $101 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Full gold. A solid middle-weight Macallan with some putty/Play-Doh, and even after this length of time, a certain youthful airiness. This slightly lean aspect gives way to an almost suety richness. When neat, the palate is a little jumbled: caramelized cask-derived notes, cereal, oiled jackets. Water improves things, releasing an aroma akin to Chenin Blanc, then cooked pear and a big hit of sugared almonds on the back palate.£69