Douglas Laing Provenance (distilled at Caol Ila) 6 year old, 46%

Price: $73 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Pale straw. This is a classic young Caol Ila, all elbows and knees. There is sweetness, but it's counteracted by this briny edge and an aroma like firelighters in among smoldering peat. Shut your eyes and it could be mezcal. The smoke envelops the palate while you pick out edible seaweed and smoked oyster on the tongue. Very bright and would make a good aperitif/highball.£50