Duncan Taylor 12 year old, 40%

Price: $25 Issue: Summer 2017 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

When in doubt, the answer to any question is usually ‘more whisky.' Here, peat smoke takes an upper hand over the sweet aromas of juicy orange and pear. The whisky begins icing-sugar sweet, settles to bubble gum, pear, apple, and malt, showing its impeccably balanced, finely textured character replete with strands of oak spices, gentle smoke, baked pastry, and vanilla custard. You can't go wrong at this price.