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Vintage Scotch from Glenmorangie and Benromach, Plus a New Wild Turkey

February 17th, 2017

By Susannah Skiver Barton

This week, check out two vintage scotches from Glenmorangie and Benromach, and the latest Master’s Keep bourbon from Wild Turkey.

Grand Vintage 1990 - Bottle Shot - White copy  Glenmorangie Bond House No. 1 Grand Vintage 1990

Style: Single malt scotch
Proof: 43% ABV
Price: $630
Release: February 2017
Availability: Nationwide, but in limited amounts

Need to know: This is 25 year old whisky aged in ex-bourbon casks, with a small amount aged in ex-sherry casks.

Whisky Advocate says: The Bond House No. 1 Collection is a new series aimed at collectors, and each whisky released will be a vintage. The name comes from the distillery’s largest 19th-century bonded warehouse, which Glenmorangie transformed into its still house in 1990.

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep DecadesMaster's Keep Decades copy

Style: Bourbon
Proof: 52% ABV
Price: $150
Release: February 2017
Availability: Nationwide, but in limited amounts

Need to know: A blend of whiskeys aged between 10 and 20 years, this bourbon is the brainchild of Eddie Russell, who celebrated his 35th anniversary with Wild Turkey last year.

Whisky Advocate says: This is the second release in the limited-edition Master’s Keep series. Eddie Russell and his father, Jimmy Russell, serve as co-master distillers for Wild Turkey. The first Master’s Keep release scored a 91 in our Fall 2015 Buying Guide.

1974 HERO BOX & BOTTLE_US copyBenromach 1974 Single Cask

Style: Single malt scotch
Proof: 49.1% ABV
Price: $1,700
Release: February 2017
Availability: 40 bottles for the U.S.

Need to know: The whisky spent 41 years in a sherry butt and predates Benromach’s closing in 1983 and subsequent reopening in 1998. Each bottle comes with a book about the distillery’s history.

Whisky Advocate says: A 1974 Benromach single cask released last year scored a 92 in our Buying Guide. Expect this whisky to have notes of apples, raisins, honey, fudge, chocolate, ginger, and black pepper.

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