Elements of Islay Br4 (distilled at Bruichladdich), 54.7%

Price: $85 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

More from Bruichladdich. The latest in the Elements series is clean in a freshly-showered kind of fashion. The fact that it's backed up with bran, agave syrup, and pancake batter just helps to emphasize this image of a sunlit breakfast. The palate is sweet, fat, and juicy, typical of how texture is as important as flavor with the Laddie. In time there's some cinnamon with a preserved lemon acidity that enlivens the finish. £55 (500 ml)