Glenmorangie Finealta, 46%

Price: $80 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Glenmorangie enters the world of peated whiskies (like everyone else these days it seems — not that I'm complaining). Richly textured layers of sweetness (vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate), fruit (tangerine, orchard fruit — especially ripe cherry), roasted nuts, wild morels, a hint of menthol, and gentle smoke. Certainly entertaining, even if the whisky doesn't always seem to know what it wants to be. The soft sweetness mid-palate is balanced nicely by dried spice and smoke on the finish. Curiously enjoyable.