Scots Gold 12 year old, 40%

Price: $27 Issue: Summer 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

A mixture of butter toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, Oreo cookies, candied peel, fennel seed, and white pepper on the nose. The palate shows vanilla toffee, blackened oak, macaroon bars, rich malt, and robust peppercorn spiciness. Yes, it's full-bodied and satisfyingly malty, bathing the tongue in deliciously smooth toffee flavors with blackened staves and plenty of spice on the finish, but it's a bit too straightforward. Vanilla in more ways than one.