Duncan Taylor Rare Auld (distilled at Girvan) 1974 40 year old, 53.7%

Price: $450 Issue: Summer 2017 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This is an assured release, one not trying to be anything other than beautiful old grain whisky. Caramel, aged oak, rose petals, and dried heather twigs, with touches of sweetness. The palate has a lovely substantial feel to it, the strength quite apparent, with soft sweet toffees, fleeting citrus and grapefruit, then aniseed tugging at your tongue. The finish is a gum-numbing, sweet decay of fading oaky memories. (78 bottles)