The Exceptional Blend
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  • caramel
  • cake
  • grain
  • butter
  • pepper
  • apple
  • zesty
  • ginger
  • almonds

The Exceptional

Blend (0.75l, 43%)
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Character Goatson
Some people will call you “Scotch-greedy” … and you’ll be OK with it.

You have to be a bit cheeky to name your Whisky “The Exceptional.” Not just “Exceptional Whisky” or “Exceptionally Good Whisky”… but “THE Exceptional.” Well spirits industry veteran Don Sutcliffe founded Sutcliffe & Son to fulfill his thirty years of producing his own line of Scotch. He partnered with Willie Phillips — managing director of The Macallan for 23 years — to create The Exceptional brand. Based in America, they use their exceptional connections to acquire exceptional barrels of spirits and finish them in exceptional Sherry casks to make their -The Exceptional Whiskies. And they all are… exceptional, that is.

It can be a little bit confusing because — technically — all three products from The Exceptional are “blends.” But think of it this way… where The Malt is a blend of Single Malts and The Grain is a blend of Scottish grain Whiskies, The Exceptional Blend is a blend of both Single Malts AND Scottish grain Whisky. In fact, many of the super-premium spirits from the other two have found their way into The Blend — including that 30 YO Macallan. But there are more. In total, eleven Single Malt distilleries and three grain distilleries are represented. It’s like having your cake and eating it too … and then taking your neighbor’s cake.

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Appearance / Color
Medium amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Salted toffee, caramel and almonds with citrus zest.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Butter toffee and tart apple with pepper.

Finish
Sweet ginger biscuits.
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  • caramel
  • cake
  • grain
  • butter
  • pepper
  • apple
  • zesty
  • ginger
  • almonds
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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