The Exceptional

The Exceptional

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Whiskies Worthy of the Hunt
Quick, find a map. Got one? Good. Because in the great tradition of Mel Fisher and Indiana Jones, we’re about to embark upon a lucrative quest—treasure hunting.

But not just any mere treasure. The bounty: a truly stunning line of Whiskies that rival the finest collection of gold jewels and doubloons in the land. And to find it, we’ve got one very simple clue: “ex” marks the spot. “Exceptional,” that is. Are you ready to taste the equivalent of liquid gold? Grab your sable fedora—the hunt for The Exceptional is underway
Our quest begins with two Whisky-lovin’ mavericks: Don Sutcliffe and Willie Phillips. Don, the managing director of Craft Distillers, decided to pursue a life-long dream to create the most interesting Scotch Whisky in the world. He then teamed up with The Macallan’s former managing director Willie Phillips to make a line of small-batch Whiskies that would rival drams from some of the finest distilleries out there. They dubbed this intrepid new line: The Exceptional.
To assemble the blends, Don traveled to Scotland and worked with both Willie and Master Blender Bill Arthur to select whiskies from several different distilleries. Each barrel was chosen for its distinctive and memorable characteristics. Once the blends were assembled, they were finished in first-fill Sherry casks
There are a few different types of Whisky you’re going to encounter here—a malt, a grain and a blend. In the past, grains were typically used to add some body to a malt. It was rare thing to have them stand on their own merit. In fact, some people continue to argue that single malts are the only Whiskies worth savoring. But in our opinion, single malt snobbery has no place here.

Plenty of countries are innovating with grains and blends, and they’re creating some pretty spectacular drams. In fact, to make a truly sublime blended Whisky, it takes the immense expertise of a master blender to create a balanced and harmonious drink. How do you like ‘dem grains now?
And now, the time has come, ye thrillseekers. The taste of treasure is just beyond the horizon. The question is: are you ready to seize it? 
Smartass Corner:
1) Blended malts account for about 8% of the Scotch Whisky market. Blended malts are a mix of malt Whiskies (made from malted barley only) from different distilleries. 

2) Speaking of single malts, most people tend to think that they’re the product of one cask. But they’d be wrong—it’s actually the product of a single distillery and may come from several casks there.

3) A crystal decanter of Macallan Imperiale ‘M’ Whisky scooped the prestigious title of world’s most expensive Whisky when it sold at auction in Hong Kong for $628,205 in 2015.

4) What’s the difference between a grain and malt Whisky? For that, you’ll need to look to the ingredients. Grain Whisky is made from any grains, including but not limited to, wheat and corn. Malt Whisky, however, is strictly made from malted barley. 

5) A blended Whisky is a mix of many different grains and malts from a whole slew of distilleries. And while single malt gets a lot of top billing these days, the interplay between grain and malt Whiskies in a blend can provide a different kind of depth to your dram. 

6) 90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot. 
Rumor has it that fictional treasure hunter Indiana Jones had a low tolerance for alcohol. But when he did mosey up to a bar, his poisons of choice were Whisky and Tequila. 

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

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Member Reviews and Ratings of The Exceptional
All of these were great. The first was smooth and buttery, the second was similar but more citrusy, the third had an almost peaty smoky flavor. All were delicious, I would buy any one of them for my home bar.
A was good but weak. B was the opposite strong and not good. C was strong and smooth but a little bitter for me
Did not like any of these
Great assortment.
First of I want to say “thank you” for Flaviar building a sample box of this somewhat hyped up whisky. I reviewed each sample individually. I found none of these to my liking. The flavor profile included in my sample box was nothing like what is shown on the website. The one included in my sample was very accurate. Sour beer is the prevailing flavor of two of the samples. I appreciate the sample. It lets me know what not to buy.
Liked the grain the best, followed by blend, then malt. A good taster overall. I would be happy to have a full bottle of any of these whiskeys.
It is an outstanding, collection of blended whiskies.
Very enjoyable blended drams but I still prefer a single malt.
I thought they meaning all were a bit harsh. Not as good as ones I like such as Scoth and some bourbons
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