Duncan Taylor 18 year old Rare Auld 1993 (distilled at Aberlour), 54.4%

Price: $105 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Shy is the word. Pale in color, again suggestive of little cask interaction. There's a little hint of white currant and light cereal, delicate and fragile — more fragile than the Balmenach — with a little touch of white chocolate. As it opens, out comes violet. The mouth is tense, as if everything is still baled up, even after all this time. Very light acidity gives a certain freshness that water doesn't shake loose. Simply not enough cask. £67