Royal Lochnagar 16 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2021), 57.5%

Price: $250 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

There's lemon tart, dry aromatic spices, green apple, and damp green foliage on the nose of this cask strength Highland whisky matured in both European and American oak refill casks. Sweet and spicy to taste, with clementine and barley sugar, its nippy spices are quite a handful, but then it delves into richer caramel notes, with oat cookies and ground hazelnuts before a long, lingering spicy finish.