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The Balvenie 1981 35 year old, 43.8%

Price: $60,000/set Issue: Spring 2018 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

A refill American oak hogshead matured this whisky. The nose offers malt, vanilla fudge, pineapple, and contrasting lemon. Lively tropical fruits on the palate, almonds, walnuts, and ginger cookies, with ever-present oak. Bitter coffee in the medium-length, leathery finish.