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The Exclusive Malts 13 year old 2002 (cask #20021), 54.2%

Price: $135 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

This 13 year old malt from central Ireland is an uncommon foray into the Irish whiskey space for the Exclusive Malts Collection. Pure malt is the focus of the nose which supports that malt with tart green apple. On the palate this whiskey is a stunning mix of lush, sweet honey, salt, malt, green apple, and ginger spice. The balance and integration are nothing short of perfect. A long malty finish caps off one of the best Irish whiskeys I've had. (U.S. only)