Duncan Taylor NC2 (distilled at Balmenach) 2000 9 year old, 46%

Price: $55.00 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Young it certainly is. Precocious even, and a pallid-looking youth on first impression, but behind that bland exterior is freshness and life with a fragrance that is very un-Balmenach, all chilled Muscat grapes, melon, even some cucumber. This general perfumed zinginess continues on the tongue, though the weight of the distillate (Balmenach has worm tubs) anchors it well. It's not about age — it's about character. Enjoy.