The Lakes Distillery The Whiskymaker's Reserve No.1, 60.6%

Price: $87 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Matured in Pedro Ximénez and red wine casks, blender Dhavall Gandhi's first main release has a nose of pomegranate, cranberry, and fine spices. The red fruits come through slowly on a wave of alcohol, developing a tasty flavor of chewy toffee, with fruitcake, cinnamon, and vanilla. Water exposes a spicier character, but it's worth experiencing this at full strength for that exceptional fruit-edged toffee flavor. (5,922 bottles) £65