The Macallan Amber, 40%

Price: $70 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Soft fruits are to the fore here; think of cooking green plums, fruit syrup, a hint of sultana to add to the sweetness, and then a hint of beeswax. There's even a little of Macallan's occasional earthiness, here akin to the damp sand floor of a sherry bodega. This is the transition point in the range with a similar weight to Gold but greater sweetness and the beginnings of Macallan's mysterious savory edge. Have neat, with water, or ice. £45