Wemyss Vintage Malt Ginger Compote, 1996, 46%

Price: $84.00 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The Wemyss range — overseen by Susan Colville — has been quietly building a deserved reputation for being among the most consistently enjoyable single cask bottlings. This new example hails from the mighty Benrinnes distillery, but shows a milder side to its make — there is indeed ginger aplenty, along with cumin, crystallized fruit, and jellied peach, but behind is a deep earthy and slightly leathery note typical of ‘The Ben.' It's these bass notes that dominate on the richly chewy palate. Best neat. £51