GlenDronach 1993 vintage 17 year old oloroso sherry (cask 529), 60.5%

Price: $104 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

This isn't the easiest to fall for. It's stewed, swampy, a big, feisty, take-no-prisoners whisky with oxtail soup, spicy tomato and meat broth on the nose, then black treacle, praline, cayenne, and paprika. A rootsy prune juice is part of the finish. Challenging and tough. £67 [Dominic Roskrow]