Gordon & MacPhail (distilled at Mortlach) 15 year old, 43%

Price: $80.00 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Another catch-up from G&M, this time from the ‘Beast of Dufftown.' Immediate substance and solidity, which is what you want from Mortlach, but there's also thick-cut marmalade and cumin. Only with water, however, does the classic meatiness emerge—like a lamb tangine with apricot. A cleaner, slightly lighter side to the Flora & Fauna 16 year old, but with heft and a burnt licorice sweetness. A great introduction to a classic distillery.