The Macallan Coronation (Spanish Oak Cask #190952), 55.7%

Price: $567 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Bottled as 350 ml twin-pack along with the American oak version, this is deeply resinous, with clove, shoe leather, high-grade engine oil—an Aston Martin workshop, not a back alley garage—alongside dried fruits. Similar in tone to some old Caribbean rums with liqueur chocolate and Friar's Balsam. The tannins yield slightly, showing chicory and raisin. ‘Old style' Macallan, and another which, while strong, is best neat. £350