Vicomte, 40%

Price: $55 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

A noble French single malt whisky from the Cognac region, pronounced ‘Veecont' (Viscount). The barley is 100% organic, and the whisky makes the best use of French Limousin oak cognac barrel maturation for 8 years, with luscious results. The nose resounds with poached pear, overripe apricot, peach cordial, orange peel, toasted spices, crème brûlée, and fruit syrups. A satin smooth drinking experience shows sweet, burnt sugars, fruit cordials, and roasted lime slices. The finish is a ripe harvest of apricots.£36