Exclusive Malts (distilled at Cameronbridge) 1984 33 year old, 51.2%

Price: $225 Issue: Summer 2017 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Top notes of hay, honey, and caramel over a spicy core pulsating with pepper, rye, spiced Quaker Oats, and freshly planed wood. An epic battle ensues: round after round of citrus vs. spice, both growing stronger as they slug it out; jabs of sweetness meet a chastisingly nippy right hook, until, eventually exhausted, both protagonists drop their guard. Dry crackling spice and sugared almonds run through a mighty long finish.