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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Strathclyde) 26 year old 1988 (cask #62016), 55.1%

Price: $180 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

An uncommon 26 year Lowland single grain whisky made from wheat and aged in refill bourbon casks. Oak is quite present on the nose, but it's not alone: there's also bright citrus, pine, and white cake. The opening is softer with vanilla and apricot, but it's only a brief respite before a very spicy mid-palate focused around oak and white pepper. There is a fair amount of fire from the alcohol, which drives a very spicy and dry finish. (U.S. only)