Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength 2005 (distilled at Caol Ila), 57.3%

Price: $100 Issue: Summer 2017 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Aged in first-fill sherry butts, this cask strength vintage from Gordon & MacPhail features a nose which opens with savory ginger, becoming more fragrant, plus vanilla, fudge, and warm leather. Oily in the mouth, with ripe cherries, sweet spices, pipe tobacco, and new leather. Nutty and slightly earthy. Citrus fruit, dry spicy peat, and black pepper in the finish.