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Battle at the Bar

Jack Bettridge
From the Print Edition:
10th Anniversary Issue, Nov/Dec 02

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GLEMROTHES 1987 VINTAGE A core in several great blends, Glenrothes bottles singles as a 12-year-old vintage. This one packs peat smoke, caramel and walnut with an anise finish. Smoke medium to full body.

GLENMORANGIE SINGLE HIGHLAND 15-YEAR-OLD The nose is floral and candied, the flavor bread dough and butterscotch, the finish long and elegant. Finds cocoa on a full-bodied smoke.

MACALLAN GRAN RESERVA 18-YEAR-OLD Sherry-cask aging creates a deep-colored whisky full of maple sugar, rum, wood, toast, macadamia and cashews. Still balanced and intense. Boosts nuts and leather in a full-bodied smoke.

GLENGOYNE SCOTTISH OAK WHISKEY A finish in rare Scottish oak distinguishes this unpeated whisky. The experiment works. Oak, honey, nuts, raisins and chocolate, with licorice and toast finish. Sweetens a cigar.

LAPHORAIG 15-YEAR-OLD A classic Islay with all the iodine and sea spray to prove it. The 15-year-old has honey and oak charms missing in the austere 10-year-old.

GLENFIDDICH SPECIAL RESERVE 12 YEAR OLD The malt that won America. Mainstream, yes, but full of honey, cream and fruit flavors and a whiff of peat. Pair mild to medium.

TALISKER 25 YEAR OLD Peat and sea salt meet honey and fruit in this boomer (near 120 proof) of an Isle of Skye malt. Light up a huge one.

BLENDS

CHIVAS REGAL 18-YEAR-OLD Beguiling floral nose, with tastes of fruit, herbs, spice and candy. Full-bodied cigars add leather and cashews. Royal Salute, the 21-year old, is exquisitely complex.

DEWAR'S SPECIAL RESERVE Dewar's 12-year-old is much fuller than its standard White Label, with peat, honey and maple syrup flavors that make it a much better match for cigars than its little brother.


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