Mortlach 13 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2021), 55.9%

Price: $125 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This would make a phenomenal outdoor dram, as it's bristling with spices, woodshed lumber, chorizo, pink peppercorn, and red chile. The palate opens with flavors of vanilla, barley, sweet citrus, and lime, though these are quickly cast aside by a wave of peppery spices, which ebbs away to leave meatier notes, aromatic spices, and dry oak. The zigzag flavor journey adds to the excitement of this distinctive dram.