Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice (distilled at Clynelish) 1996, 46%

Price: $101 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

A 1996 expression is the latest Clynelish to take its place in the Connoisseurs' Choice lineup. Maturation occurred in refill sherry butts. Fruity on the nose, with ripe bananas, malt, dark toffee, lemongrass, and a splash of brine. Ultimately, a green, herbal note. Relatively full-bodied, creamy and slightly waxy on the palate; spicy sherry, Golden Delicious apples, and old leather. The finish is medium to long, with lingering ginger.£60