Glenfiddich's Toasted Oak Reserve 12 year old was a limited edition which was released in 2006 and matured entirely in first-fill American oak barrels. Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com commented it had notes of roasted nuts and chocolate when he tasted upon release.
An exuberantly spicy malt, with plenty of sherry influence, Glen Ord is a fine example of the Highland style and very good value for money. This bottling is now discontinued, to be replaced by Singleton of Glen Ord, so grab one while you can.
A follow-up release to the award-winning and rightly popular batch B1/11, this is the second bottling 12 year old Cask Strength whiskey from Redbreast. A rich and complex single pot still Irish whiskey, packed full of flavour and a big favourite at TWE.
As reliably excellent as ever, the 2011 Special Releases Lagavulin 12yo was distilled in 1999 and vatted from refill American oak casks. As you'd expect, this is a very upfront, sooty-sweet Lagavulin in the classic style. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 12 years and under
A bottle of Haig Dimple 12 year old blended whisky in the classic 'dimple' shaped bottle. Originally manufactured by John Haig & co, the trademark bottle was introduced in the 1890s. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.
The 13th release of Lagavulin 12 year old from Diageo's Special Releases range. A longstanding favourite, this was the biggest and most fully flavoured of the 2013 lineup, and could well be the best 12yo yet.
Lagavulin 12yo is always one of the most anticipated bottlings in Diageo's Special Releases. As before, this is a full strength bottling from American oak casks. Malt Maniacs Awards 2011: Best Natural Cask Award (Daily Drams)
A large 2 litre bottle of Chivas Regal 12 year old, the brand's flagship expression and one of the best selling brands in the world. The spiritual home of the blend is Strathisla distillery, one of the many malts contained within.
A bottle of Buchanan's Reserve 12 year old. The brand was created by James Buchanan in 1884, five years after he arrived in London. The aim of the whisky was to create "a blend which had the perfect balance of body and flavour". We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
Pittyvaich was one of the newest and most short lived distilleries in Scotland, only operating from 1974 until 1993. The distillery has now been demolished and this is the most easily (for now) available of the very small number of bottlings of their spirit.
This is a bottling that many fans of this underrated distillery still have a soft spot for - the unpretentious old-style Scapa 12yo: an easygoing dram, delightfully honeyed and malty. Replaced by the short-lived, unloved 14yo shortly before owners Allied sold up to Pernod Ricard.
A special bottling for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is a 12 year-old bottled at the classic Talisker strength of 45.8% and is a definite step up in depth and class from the always-terrific 10 year-old. Spicy, peppery and complex - delicious.