Duncan Taylor Peerless (distilled at Glenrothes) 1969 41 year old, 44.2%

Price: $330.00 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Immediately you can tell this is a complex, old, mature whisky — that hint of rancio is there, but there's more of a beeswax character than on the Adelphi bottling (below), along with the peachiness that often appears in old drams. This is balanced by light coconut, even a hint of grist. The waxiness seen on the nose allows it to cling to the tongue, while the fruits become jellied. Benefits from a drop of water, allowing lemon and vanilla to show. £210