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Single Malts of Scotland (distilled at Cragganmore), 1985 vintage, 22 year old, 56.7%

Price: $100.00 Issue: Summer 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

If you’re looking for a bold, dry, spicy Speysider, this is the one. There’s lots of oak here, with bourbon undertones. A fighting vanilla sweetness manages to keep the whisky from becoming too austere. Gritty texture, with cedar wood, clove, spearmint, anise, herbal notes, dried fruit, and dark chocolate. A whisky that awakens the palate. Very invigorating. (Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, London.) Price: approximately $100.