Glenfiddich Vintage Cask, 40%

Price: $111 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

One of a trio of new whiskies that have spent time in Glenfiddich's new solera vats, this will surprise many because of its overt smokiness that's like a bonfire in a pear orchard. Some ferny greenness adds to the freshness. The reverse happens on the palate, with the smoke being held in check by the soft mouthfeel (which could be solera-enhanced), ripe fruits, and gentle creaminess. (Travel Retail; Asia only, currently.)£70