Royal Salute The Diamond Tribute, 40%

Price: $270 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

How can you really compare this to a quality blend priced under $50? It's hard not to view this as a victory of style over substance, and I object to premium whiskies being just 40% ABV, but nevertheless this is excellently made and the blending of whiskies over 21 years is exemplary. It's rich and viscous with light peach and plum notes and a pleasant earthy base.