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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Invergordon) 30 year old 1984 (cask #8005), 52.3%

Price: $220 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

A rare old single grain whisky from Scotland's most northern grain distillery. The nose brings together varnished oak, clove, dried orange peel, and molasses. On the palate, an unexpectedly lush mouthfeel supports a flavorful combination of citrus, molasses, and varnished oak. This single grain has depth and character that's completely uncommon to the category, tasting a lot more like an aged rum. A long, acidic, slightly sour, dry, and spicy finish rounds out a unique and intriguing whisky. (U.S. only)