Duncan Taylor Octave (distilled at Girvan) 2007 11 year old, 52.6%

Price: $80 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Herbal notes of coriander, pepper, candied almonds, circus peanuts, and dried sunflower seed heads, with slightly waxy lemon and creaminess overlaying it. This has a slick, oily/waxy texture and a sweet, nutty taste; those circus peanuts meet a stampede of pepper and sugared mice, the alcohol strength coming to the fore at the end. Unexpectedly moreish, this is packed with gum-nipping, tongue-twisting spicy mischief.