The Lost Distillery Company Stratheden (batch 2/2), 46%

Price: $65 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Slabs of plain chocolate, Kendal mint cake, vanilla essence, and malt with a dry, dusty character makes this suggest itself for an after-dinner occasion. The palate is very sweet; sugarplum, caramelized brown sugar, flapjacks, bramble, and pink rhubarb before it finally coagulates into a thick Horlicks maltiness. There's an impressive trajectory of flavor here, though the mouthfeel is nothing special and dilution doesn't enhance it to any real degree. Dry and malty finish.