Alloa, in Central Scotland, distilling grain spirit for all but its first two
years of operation. Glasgow-based independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co
Ltd offer some notably fine old single grains under its Clan Denny label, and
this 1973 vintage example from North of Scotland has been aged for 38 years in
ex-Bourbon barrels. The very distinctive nose yields intense jelly beans,
caramel and coconut. The full, fruity sweetness carries over from nose to
palate, with a Bourbon-like note and bold cinnamon. Softly drying in the very
long finish, with nutmeg and chilli.