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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Bowmore) 15 year old 1999 (cask #350), 54.2%

Price: $155 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Nosing this whisky, you'd never guess just how fruity it is, with barnyard hay, dry malt, honey, and light smoke. On the palate, however, the fruit is unmistakable with giant mango and apple. The mid-palate takes a sharp left turn into smoke and salt, but the mango just won't let go. A very dry, smoky finish is too dry, making the case against release at this ABV. An oddball whisky that will probably only appeal to a very narrow audience. (U.S. only)