Wemyss Malts Ginger Spice (distilled at Glenrothes) 1988, 46%

Price: $164 Issue: Fall 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Glenrothes always has a spicy element, but this example ups the ante considerably and, true to the label, it's fresh-cut ginger root alongside galangal and coriander, a hint of green grass, and even a little bite of jelly babies, alongside black currant leaf. Rothes' normally languid air is here frothily exuberant, with just sufficient vanilla thickness to offer a brake. Uplifting and good. £107