Shieldaig Classic, 40%

Price: $18 Issue: Fall 2013 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

In blended whisky terms, this isn't for the faint-hearted, and joins a number of recent releases prepared to show off its

darker, grittier side. It's a big flavored blend, with its heart in the islands, and with oily coastal notes reminiscent of a delicatessen: brine, salty cheese, some crab apple relish, and smoked fish. It's a rugged bruiser, but it makes its mark with some style.