Highland Queen 1561 30 year old, 40%

Price: $302 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

A limited edition blend with more than 75 percent malt content, containing grains from 1978 and 1979, and malts from 1982. A genteel nose exudes white chocolate, vanilla slice, butterscotch, fresh apricots, and salted pecans. Commanding and rich, it luxuriates in bitter orange, ripe apricots, marmalade, dairy toffees, cinnamon, and raspberry, with a finish of Seville orange rind. It's a little blander with water, toward baked lemons and barley sugar, so resist and take it as it comes.£190