Exclusive Malts Speyside 10 year old 2003 Cask #1781, 56.3%

Price: $90 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

From an undisclosed Speyside distillery. The nose is extraordinarily yeasty, with distinct apple cider backed by light caramel. The palate is more integrated than the nose with oak and cinnamon spice, apple, honey, and malt. At first these flavors are well balanced, but a spice and heat blast in the mid-palate throws things off. The finish reflects this and is quite dry. The parts are better than the whole in an interesting and strong whisky. (U.S. only)