Wemyss Malts Kirsch Gateau (distilled at Bunnahabhain) 1988, 56%

Price: $190 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Polished rosewood. Big sherried notes, but also generous sweetness. Vermouth-like: dark fruits, a hint of spice, light oxidation, with some herbal edges and Morello cherries. Becomes balsamic. The palate is highly concentrated, with more cherry, but has this intense savory astringency. Water is needed. The nose continues to be remarkable, all damask rose and resin, but dilution can't eradicate the mouth-puckering quality.£130