Lombard Speyside, 8 year old, 43%

Price: $30.00 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Quite fragrant and fairly sweet (but not cloyingly so), rich with nutty toffee, nougat, and bright summer fruits. Clean, gently sweet finish. Well rounded, nicely matured for its age and, at $30, a good value these days. A versatile whisky to keep in the drinks cabinet; it's enjoyable enough sipping neat or with a splash of water, but (at this price) you won't cringe if your guests drink it on the rocks or use it as a mixer.