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Exclusive Malts (distilled at Dalmore) 13 year old 2000 Cask #6952, 53.5%

Price: $100 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Remarkably pale in color, this Exclusive Malt is a rare peated Dalmore. Peat reads more funky barnyard than smoke on the nose, with just a touch of sweetness behind it. The taste is much better than the smell, with the addition of smoke to the peat, intertwined with honey, salt, citrus, and ginger spice. The finish is slightly acidic and dry, far less satisfying than the mid-palate. There's a reason why Dalmore doesn't peat, but this release is still fascinating. (U.S. only)