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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at BenRiach) 17 year old 1997 (cask #144744), 54.3%

Price: $140 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

BenRiach releases of this age are often peated or in a special barrel; here, we have an unpeated, non-barrel finish release. The nose is inviting, with Honeycrisp apple, toffee, malt, and a touch of oak. A very flavorful entry presents lush toffee, apple, malt, and ginger. The spice increases in the mid-palate, as well as the heat, but we don't get much added complexity. A long, flavorful, and slightly dry finish round out a very tasty but ultimately simplistic whisky. (U.S. only)