Trader Joe's 8 year old Speyside, 40%

Price: $20 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

If you aren't expecting it, the herbaceous, grassy, mineral aromas are a surprise, more expected in an agave spirit than a typical Speysider. But there's something entrancing about the herbal flavors of tarragon, licorice tea, chestnut honey, and saline, which resolve into a lightly sweet, slightly spiced finish. This is unusual, but beguiling. (Trader Joe's)