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Wemyss Malts Vintage Strawberry Punnet (distilled at Invergordon) 1988, 46%

Price: $125 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

I'm playfully perplexed as to whether the titular “vintage” refers to an elderly strawberry or an aged punnet. Undaunted, this example from the Highland powerhouse noses much better than promised with fresh mint, small, tight strawberry buds, sandy loam, and a saccharine sweetness. It has a sweet, syrupy, fat flavor, in turn revealing caramel, buttery notes, white chocolate, vanilla, and black currant. A satisfying finish of browning butter and warm chestnuts. (242 bottles)£82