Gordon & MacPhail 41 year old 1970 (distilled at Macallan), 43%

Price: $700 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

On more familiar ground with this G&M bottling of one of Speyside's most iconic single malts, this is Macallan in full-on sherried form. Highly aromatic with powdered clove, hints of incense and fig, behind which is cacao, Bolivar cigar, and molasses. The palate has immediate smoke and surprisingly gentle tannins — the inherent oiliness of the spirit keeping any grip at bay. Very long, leathery, prune-like (think armagnac), and dense. A classic after-dinner mouth-filler.