Single Malts of Scotland 10 year old (Distilled at Caol Ila) 2011, 61.9%

Price: $100 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Dried peel and lemon oils meet the brisk arrival of earthy peat smoke aromas, pepper, and ground ginger. The smoke builds over roasted apricot, ripe gooseberry, and maritime notes of the tideline. The high strength is undeniable on the palate, with a wave of intense pepper sweeping away the initial dominant vanilla, golden syrup, and lemon flavors, finishing with barbecued stone fruit, ashy smoke, and dried fruit. A great pick. (U.S. exclusive; 612 bottles)