Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary, 43%

Price: $109 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Bottled for this auspicious occasion, this is a Glenfiddich that confounds people's expectations by being smoky, not from casks (à la Caoran) but the distillate. Fresh, with a nose that brings to mind eating apples and hazelnuts around a late summer bonfire; the smoke seems in charge. On the palate, the reverse happens, with the fruits being thrust forward and the smoke only emerging on the finish. It's vibrant and needs water, and is a lot of fun. Happy Birthday! (Travel Retail and distillery shop exclusive)£70