Single Malts of Scotland 14 year old Ledaig 2005 Single Cask (Cask No. 900178), 55.4%

Price: $125 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

On the nose, intense fruit underlaid with smoke: a grilled half-peach. Hints of cinnamon and milk chocolate; blackberry jam; brisket. With water, the peat turns slightly rubbery and mineral, and that minerality carries into the palate, balanced by juicy berries, Raisinets, and almonds. Curling wisps of pipe smoke wrap around smoked almonds and sea salt-sprinkled dark chocolate on the finish. Though hefty, it's pretty easy to drink at full strength; add a bit of water and you'll soften the alcohol without diminishing any of the flavor. (607 bottles; U.S. exclusive)