Duncan Taylor Octave (distilled at Glen Grant) 1995, 47.7%

Price: $151 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The impact given by secondary maturation in small (octave) sherry casks is what sets this range apart. Here, Glen Grant's light fruits are given a darker twist, with some bodega notes, blackberry, and a surprising note of curry spices before milk chocolate develops; this is particularly apparent on the palate. The palate is gentle and quite creamy (cream sherry?) but it doesn't like water. A pleasing dram.£99