Royal Lochnagar Distillers Edition 2000 (batch #RL/96-8S), 40%

Price: $78 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This 2012 limited edition from the Deeside distillery of Royal Lochnagar underwent initial maturation in bourbon barrels before a period of finishing in muscat wine casks. The pleasing nose offers pears poached in dessert wine, heather, malt, and ginger. Rich and rounded on the palate, with immediate soft, ripe peaches, then figs, ginger, and cloves. Lengthy in the slightly nutty finish, with fruity spice notes.