Master of Malt Reference Series I, 47.5%

Price: $62 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

A predominantly young blended malt heads up the first of the Reference Series, designed as an educational tool to help attune your palate. It's a light, floral array, with waxed lemons, oatcakes, and peppermint. Mouthfeel is thin with little structure, heavy on the barley, with hints of boiled fruit candies. Sipped neat, it's drying, with doughy notes and dried apple. Water fails to enliven the experience, other than showing late lemon and icing sugar. Memorize it, and move up.£37