The Macallan Ruby, 43%

Price: $187 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Rooted in the earth and redolent of late autumn. There's a plummy thread that runs through this range; here we've gone to prune, mixed with dried cherries, and a sweet/savory edge whose whiff of heavy rose petal is reminiscent of Barolo. Robust, yet sweet. Heady, like chocolate-covered Turkish Delight. The palate has oloroso notes alongside Assam-like tannins. One to have with water on the side. Classical in structure and aromatics, but that vinous sweetness is new. £120