Douglas Laing Provenance (distilled at Glenrothes) 10 year old, 46%

Price: $104 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Deep amber. Big, resinous, and almost heathery, with significant cask influence for a decade-old dram. The aroma is like a cobbler's workshop: oils, leather, grease, polish, and then licorice. On the palate, there's the prune notes of armagnac, the sweetness and cedar flavors of old rum, and very Rothes-esque spiciness. Water, just a drop, lightens it a little, allowing the underlying sweetness to show. Not cask dominated, just bottled at exactly the right moment. Recommended.£68