Single Malts of Scotland (distilled at Allt-a-Bhainne) 1992, 50.2%

Price: $108 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Not often seen as a single bottling, here we have Speyside's modernist distillery in typically delicate guise, with plenty of subtle florals (think hyacinth and daffodils), something which is amplified with water. Imagine a cool day in early spring and you are pretty much there. The mouth is clean and fresh, with a little acidity. Water doesn't damage the palate delivery, but neither does it particularly enhance things. A sorbet rather than a meal. £65