Single Malts of Scotland (distilled at Glenrothes) 1990, 49.4%

Price: $151 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Light gold. From a refill bourbon cask, here we have more marzipan and some light maltiness alongside very fresh fruit and delicate vanilla. This is Rothes in slightly lean and hungry mode, with its signature fruits and spices in the background. Needs water to smooth things out. When that happens, there's lemon drizzle cake, leafiness, and walnut flour. A little short on the finish. £90