Gordon & MacPhail (distilled at Caol Ila), 14 year old, 1991 vintage, 46%

Price: $75.00 Issue: Summer 2006 Reviewer: John Hansell

Finished in cognac wood. The cognac wood influence might dominate other whiskies, but the Coal Ila is big enough for challenge. If anything, it seems to contribute a silky elegance to what would otherwise be a brooding, bare-knuckled whisky;. It works nicely. Notes of germinating barley, vanilla cream, grape preserve, and peat bonfire, with a salty, smoky finish. (Available in the Chicago area.)