Duncan Taylor, Octave (distilled at Aultmore) 2008, 52.7%

Price: $82 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The recent official release of Aultmore means that malt lovers are finally aware of the distillery's intense grassy/perfumed character, and it is these characters which are prominent here, alongside a very light sherried note in the background. There appears to be real complexity on the nose for such a young example, but water shows this to be the influence of the octave cask, which unravels slightly when water is added. Have it neat, and enjoy it a lot.£54