Glenfiddich 26 year old, 43.1%

Price: $500 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Pale straw in color, and while it is clean and fresh, it's also very delicate, with elderflower blossom, dusty florals, and a freshly-starched linen note. All rather discreet, shy even, but effort reveals a subtly lovely dram. Water adds a perfumed, green note. As the nose suggests, it's not an immediate thruster of a malt, with some light jasmine tea and a little fleshy fruit on the end. Tread cautiously, lest you scare it.