Region – Speyside – 51.6% ABV – $200-285 (if you’re lucky enough to find a bottle)
Ok. Full disclosure. By day I work for the US importer of The Exclusive Malts line of independently bottled whisky, ImpEx Beverages.
Full disclosure pt.2. This whisky is no longer available, and was actually imported well before I started my position with ImpEx.
Being that I don’t actually score whisky but instead just present tasting notes and general impressions (and occasional dick jokes), I figured it’s kosher for me give you said tasting notes and general impressions on this release.
What is “Exclusive Malts?” It’s a line of single cask whiskies bottled by David Stirk of Creative Whisky Company. The line is fairly new to the US market.
So, there you go. Truthfulness. Information. And below? Tasting notes:
On the nose — Honey, honey honey smoked honey! Caramels covered by orange oil rubbed cigar wrappers.
There’s a flinty minerality to this whisky that seems to enter my nose in the form of light peat (perhaps wood effect?). Crushed chardonnay grapes sans the sweetness.
Aged (read: an oaky presence) with a good bit of life to it (read: not a tired old 28yo but a whisky that has life, and vibrance). There’s a waxy texture to the nose, and a hint of the powder you’d find on a bubblegum cigar.
On the mouth — Given the waxy mouth feel, some would confuse this with an old Clynelish or Brora. Given the fizzy quality that floats on the waxiness, some would doubt this was a 28yo whisky. It’s a bit of a contradiction in the mouth, but a welcome one, to be sure!
There’s all sorts of soft spice and light tobacco notes mixed in with chili infused milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, and macca root.
The pears, they are baked with whole anise star, and cinnamon’d walnut oil.
There’s an elegance to this whisky that is very much a Longmorn quality.
Finish – Beautifully floral yet grassy, mineral-y yet sweet, and quite looooooonnnnnggg…
In sum – This is a great example of Longmorn. Perhaps the best Longmorn I’ve had to date. This is a treat to any whisky fan or whisky novice. A celebratory whisky, if you will.