Lonach (distilled at Carsebridge), 1063 vintage, 43 year old, 43%

Price: $115 Issue: Summer 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

A rare bottling indeed, from this now defunct grain distillery. Very tropical, with a macaroon and vanilla cream foundation. Complementary notes of marshmallow, crème brulee, honey, and pineapple. Surprisingly vibrant for a 43 year old whisky and, while expressing sweeter notes, not at all cloying (the grain whisky aspects actually help here). Soothing and distinctive. Great price, too!