Faultline 10 Year Old North Highland Single Barrel 100 Proof Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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In a single malt market where "value" is becoming a loosely defined word, we at K&L are working harder than ever to find new and interesting whiskies that everyone can enjoy. While many of our exclusive Scotland casks can be quite pricy due to the scarcity, age, and the high alcohol percentage, David and I really wanted to find a few great options that came in well under $75. Part of the problem, however, is that even young whiskies from single barrels are expensive, which is why we often opt for the older ones. It was David OG's intuition, however, that took us outside of Glasgow to a small producer's warehouse full of great whiskies at remarkable prices. Inside this tiny storage unit was a refill-sherry butt full of classically flavored malt from one of the Highland's most distinguished distilleries--one from which we practically never see independent offerings. After tasting the whisky, we were very impressed, but we felt that, at cask strength, the alcohol simply overpowered the flavor. A few drops of water really mellowed out the heat, bringing forward the fruit and highlighting the grain. The whisky is perfect at 100 proof. The nose offers fresh stone fruit and light vanilla, the palate is deceptively rich with a faint oiliness and incredibly subtle sherry tones that masterfully tame its youthful vigor. What we have here is good old-fashioned Scotch for people who like great whisky at a great price--exactly what the Faultline label is all about. (David Driscoll, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2013 | Send Email
This fantastic dram is one of the best malts in the store for under $100. Our spirits buyer David Driscoll treated us to multiple flights of whisky blind in our last staff tasting, and this was the standout of the day. I tasted it before when it first came in and loved it, but after tasting it in a brown bag feel even more confident of its quality. This single malt has a gorgeous mahogany color and a complex nose of peanut buttery sherry wood. In the mouth it is rich and has plenty of power at 100 proof. All that it needs is a glass and a fire place!

By: Richard Sather | Review Date: 4/6/2013
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To me, this is Old Pulteney on sherry cask steroids.Rich and delicious. Still has that Old Pulteney underpinning. Marvelous value. Bought another bottle. Give this malt a little time to open up. Then, shabang!

By: Adam Heard | Review Date: 1/9/2013
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So I was in the neighborhood in Hollywood and David took a lot of time to help me pick out some unique stuff in a really accesible price range. He encouraged me to get this...so I did. His words, "This is a really fun whisky. If you're looking for something traditional...this isn't the one but if you want to have something fun to have around that's really good....get this bottle."

He was right.

Nose: Smell it both in a nosing glass and then a little dash in the palm of your hand....2 TOTALLY different smells. Ludens Cherry cough drops, baked apples...pie?....mmmmm...cinnamon....cherry flavored candy Yum!

Palate: Spice drop. This is a really fun dram. Lots of cinnamon candy, cherries...like the ones you put on ice cream, vanilla...but not very strong. Great with a dash of water. Syrup and more fruit....sweet citrus. Tangerines, Apricot, Peaches....really very different from the norm.

Finish: For being un-chill filtered I was surprised that the finish didn't last as long. I mean it doesn't just end...but the finish isn't very complex. Just kind of an extension of the palate...but not a ton of change. I gave it a 4.0 because of it...but maybe I'm being too critical. For $55 this is really killer stuff.

Thanks for the recommendation, David.

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