Glenrothes Elders' Reserve, 43%

Price: $158 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

As befits an elder of the church, this has a serious attitude, which with the youngest component being 18 years old isn't a surprise. Full-bodied, but with elegance, not bludgeoning power, this is a refined Rothes: malted barley, creamy oak, oxidative depths. Sweet with stewed plums and red fruit. The palate is unctuous with little hints of geranium and becomes slightly funky with water, though I'd go neat to get the full effect of bitter orange and sweet honeycomb. (Travel Retail exclusive.) €99