Ardbeg Perpetuum Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky $169/700ml
Commemorating Ardbeg’s 200th anniversary in 2015, this is unbelievably peaty – even for Islay! The colour is surprisingly pale and it’s a fantastic spirit. Wonderfully aromatic and intense, focused tightly on the middle-palate with great finesse and penetrating flavour, but not at all sharp. A most impressive malt, with amazing length and harmony on the palate. You just have to love peat! (Cork; 47.4 per cent alcohol). Score: 96 ★★★★★
Stockists: moet-hennessy-collection.com.au, Dan Murphy’s and specialist bottle shops.