Bruichladdich 12 Year Old

whisky in a thistle glass, and a thistle

Light, elegant, and clean, the Bruichladdich 12 Year Old combines delicacy and intensity.

It's pale looking beside other whiskies; no sherry casks here to darken the malt, just light, sweet ex-bourbon barrels.

The nose is fairly complex, dominated by ripe fruity notes – we found a hint of peach – but with lighter touches of cereal, grass, and a little bit of peat.

To taste it is very smooth and light, with the fruit character becoming more citrus, and a long gentle finish.

A good dram, and best enjoyed on a summer evening as an aperitif.

£37/70cl, from Royal Mile Whiskies, The Good Spirits Co, and other good specialist retailers