Douglas Laing Old Particular (distilled at North British) 27 year old 1988, 50.2%

Price: $122 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Drawn from a single refill barrel, the nose is like a day in the life of a honeybee: streams of pollen, rich nectar, heady scents of flying over bright summer flowers and summer picnics of white peaches and lemonade before returning to the hive to the sweet, sticky honey. It's quite a buzz! There's an acidic palate of lemon juice, lime, honey, and lemon pith bordering on bitterness. The finish is incredibly dry, like someone just invented lemon-scented sandpaper. (168 bottles) £85