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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Cooley, Cask 20024) 13 year old 2002, 54.2%

Price: $130 Issue: Fall 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

The golden sweetness of the wine cask is apparent, with light floral notes, baked almonds, warm flapjacks, and golden syrup. Initially, it lands light as a feather, introducing melon and green apple, becoming textured with cinnamon spices and nutmeg, and swirling with caramelized sugar sweetness. Complex, with fruit sourness and gooseberry notes adding depth to the flavor progression, leading to a dry and pure finish. Water adds sugariness: it's preferable in its full-strength fighting Irish guise. (K&L Wines only, 380 bottles)