Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1980 (bottled 2011), 43.3%

Price: $1,593 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

A vatting of three first-fill American oak casks, for me this is the most lifted and effusive of the ongoing Cellar Collection range. The nose is full of aromas of anise, blackcurrant leaf, honeysuckle, jasmine, frangipani flowers, and a subtle almond sweetness. The palate continues in similar vein with more spice and just sufficient oak to add distinct structure and a coconut character. Sublime. It won't, however, be released in the U.S. £1,000