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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Auchroisk) 11 year old 2003 (cask #9), 56.4%

Price: $110 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Most of Auchroisk's malt goes into Diageo's J&B blended, so a single malt release is an uncommon treat. Aged in refill sherry casks, this whisky has a nutty, roasted malt nose. On the palate it's soft and lush, with honeyed roasted malt, walnut, ginger, and salt. A spicy mid-palate leads to a dry finish that abandons a lot of the flavors established. A solid mix of flavors, but the finish shows why it's often used for blending. (U.S. only)