Single Malts of Scotland 26 year old Mortlach 1993 Single Cask (Cask No. 86), 60.5%

Price: $300 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Intensely fruity and floral on the nose, like a rosebush-lined berry patch; there's also shortcake with lemon drizzle, almonds, and orange peel. With water, the fruit character deepens and takes on an edge of marzipan. The palate fizzes with citrus and soap flavors, tempered by milk chocolate, tobacco, and bitter leather. Without water, it's intensely drying, though with it, the character turns cloying: Tread carefully. (134 bottles; U.S. exclusive)