Wemyss Malts (distilled at Caol Ila) 1982 Smoke on the Water, 46%

Price: $215 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Quite a solid start for a Caol Ila which, like the 30 year old (see above), pitches you into the farmyard, though this time it's a sheep-shearing shed. There's also some bacon and spent barbecue. The initial impression is of a pretty dry example, but some oil begins to seep through. The palate is explosive with some engine oil, becoming pretty flinty with violet notes, and the distillery sweetness is hidden. A little disjointed.£135