Highland Queen 8 year old, 40%

Price: $56 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

At 8 years old, there are stiff caramels, malt, oatcakes, Genoise sponge, and zested clementines on the nose. It doesn't stint on flavor when it comes to the taste, bringing dried fig rolls, chewy toffee, Aunt Sally pralines, walnuts, and chocolate ganache to the party. It's driven by dry fruit rather than sweetness, and there is a bitter edge to the swallow that persists into the finish.£35