The 2012 release of Four Roses's excellent Limited Edition single barrel bourbon. This is aged for 12 years and uses their OESK recipe, made at the Lawrenceburg 'O' distillery, using a corn heavy 'E' mashbill and their 'K' yeast to produce a spicy and full bodied 'S'traight whiskey.
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.
A bottle of Glenfiddich's sadly discontinued Caoran Reserve. Subtitled 'Peat Ember', this used lightly peated barley for a smoky twist on the traditional Glenfiddich character. This is the silver labelled version.