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Paul John Peated Select Cask, 55.5%

Price: $100 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Earthy notes, with plain chocolate nibs, malt drinks, and a little leather. There's a subtle smoky air; nothing too astringent or overpowering. It's great to try if you're new to peaty whiskies or were put off by a peat colossus from Islay. Fig, plums, and soft prunes, though it's mouth-puckering neat, so cut it down. Then, the fruit rounds out beautifully, allowing some gentle spices to shine through with some coffee bean notes at the end. Terrific stuff.£68