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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Clynelish) 1997, 53.5%

Price: $100.00 Issue: Summer 2013 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This 15 year old bottling of Diageo's Sutherland single malt comes courtesy of The Creative Whisky Co., whose Exclusive Malts range of single cask, cask strength Scotch malt whiskies has recently been imported into the U.S. Fleeting burnt sugar on the nose, then mango and brittle toffee. Vanilla emerges, with slightly smoky malt. Finally, cloves. Mouth-coating, with lively spices, fruit and nut milk chocolate on the palate. Relatively long in the finish, with ginger snaps and a wax-like texture.