Murray McDavid (distilled at Highland Park) 1989 vintage 17 year old, 46%

Price: $85 Issue: Summer 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

Aged initially in a refill sherry cask, and then in port casks. Layers of lush fruit (red raspberry, strawberry, currant, rhubarb, and ripe peach) with underlying toffee and pot still rum adding body and texture. Peat and brine peek through intermittently, particularly on the finish. The whisky is heavy on the fruit, but it is clean and not cloying. A very soothing whisky.