Wemyss Malts Cacao Geyser (distilled at Bowmore) 1998, 46%

Price: $124 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Rich amber. A slight agricultural note to start, and although sweet and soft, also a little indistinct. This is a palate whisky, with plenty of integrated smoke, rich fruitcake, and, as its name suggests, plenty of chocolate. It fades quickly when neat. Water, surprisingly, rectifies this: the nose opens to show complex dark depths, while the palate is lengthened and given extra aromatic lift. Rich and rather lovely.£85