Ranked #2 in Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal
2014 list of the world’s best spirits.


Don’s obituary A very good human being.  We miss him a lot

Tragic news: Don Sutcliffe, suddenly but peacefully died in his sleep. This wonderful set of
small-batch whiskies, so carefully put together by Don and so carefully blended by Willie Phillips
(formerly Managing Director of the Macallan), will never be bottled again.

The Exceptional will no longer be in general distribution. If you are a retailer and would like to
continue to carry these superb whiskies, now collector’s items, email Chris Stevens:






THE EXCEPTIONAL GRAIN, Batch 2  A blend of remarkable aged grain whiskies, including a barrel of 30-year-old from the Carsebridge Distillery, long since closed. Blended by Willie Phillips, formerly of The Macallan; finished in first-fill sherry casks. Subtle, elegant, authentically individual, with great structure. (750ML/43%abv) RSP $100.  


THE EXCEPTIONAL MALT, Batch 3 Rich & balanced blend of whiskies from Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis,  Alt-á-Bhainne, Auchroisk, Clenallachie, Westport, Speyside, and a 30-year-old Macallan, finished in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. Wonderfully subtle complexity. (750ML /43% abv.) RSP $120


THE EXCEPTIONAL BLEND, Batch 2 Mature grain whiskies from Loch Lomond, North British, Strathclyde, and Cameron Bridge malt whiskies from Glenfarclas, William Grant, Westport, Alt-á-Bhainnie, Ben Nevis, Mortlach, Glenallachie, Auchroisk, and Imperial, with a 30-year-old Macallan. Finished 18 months in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks.   Deep and layered complexity.  (750ML/43%abv)  RSP $120

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