Douglas Laing (distilled at Auchentoshan) 11 year old, 46%

Price: $62 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This expression of Auchentoshan from Douglas Laing's Provenance range was distilled in September 2000, matured in bourbon casks, and bottled in November 2012. Opens very sweet on the nose, with vanilla, peaches, and apricots, plus allspice. More caramel in time. Medium bodied, with sweet fruits, new-mown hay, and hard toffee on the palate, giving way to spice and aniseed. The spicy finish features cloves, and dries steadily, with a final flourish of pepper. £40