86

Score

Exclusive Malts (distilled at Dalmore) 18 year old 1996 Cask # 2097, 52.5%

Price: $150 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

This cask strength whisky is malty in the nose, along with peach, nectarine, and subtle oak. The entry is all malt, the kind of flavor that evokes "malt reverence." In the mid-palate it's cereal grains spiced with allspice and black pepper. The finish is long and slightly salty, with a fair amount of heat from the alcohol, and a touch of oak. If you love the singular flavor of malt, this one may be for you. (U.S. only)