Gordon & MacPhail (distilled at Highland Park) 12 year old 1992 Vintage, 58.1%

Price: $70 Issue: Winter 2005 Reviewer: John Hansell

Medium-bodied but viscous in texture. Clearly aged in a bourbon cask-there's plenty of honeyed malt and vanilla throughout. Hints of bourbon even peek through occasionally, along with some subtle peat. Soft melon mid-palate yields to dried spice, sea salt, bitter chocolate and herbal notes on the finish. Fairly dry for a 12 year old-particularly on the finish. Best served as an aperitif.