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Exclusive Malts (distilled at Linkwood) 14 year old 1999 Cask # 978, 55.8%

Price: $105 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

From a Speyside distillery whose malt is more commonly found in blends. An enticing and complex nose balances sweet honey, acidic dried orange, rich walnut, and light smoke. On the palate these elements come together well with complexity and balance. Things get spicy in the mid-palate, with black pepper, salt, ginger, and a bump in smoke. A long finish rounds everything off, showcasing smoke and orange. Lots of character and flavor for an uncommon malt. (U.S. only)