John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2015 Edition, 46.8%

Price: $805 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This second release celebrates Walker's rare fruit character using 29 handpicked casks combining regional styles, aligned to the 2010 Director's Blend. Aromas of pear and fresh apple layered over tangy, sugar-tossed dried fruits, pineapple, deep orange oils, and dry peel. Taciturn smoke. Creamy butteriness with red apple, raspberry, and sweet orange yields to soft, chewy pear skins, honey-drizzled Turkish delights, and charred paper. An outlier of JW character but important to contemplate how this adds context to the entire collection.£550