Another release from our much-lauded stash of Ardmore 1994, this 13yo is medium-bodied with intense spices, pepper and soot alongside compensating honeyed fruity hints. Top-quality stuff from this little-known peated Speysider.
A very fetching bottle of Longmorn from the Nectar of the Daily Dram series. The company has an innovative approach to packaging, with each bottling individually labelled using some really imaginative and modern design - this time it's Stonehenge.
A vatting of two casks of 1998 Whisky from Braeval distillery. Matured in a Bourbon Barrel and bottled at 13 years of age. This has been bottled by Signatory at cask strength for their Cask Strength Collection.
Another of Edradour's outstanding Natural Cask Strength single cask bottlings. This is from the 1998 vintage and, judging by the colour and the relatively large number of bottles, it's a pretty safe guess that this was from a sherry butt. These releases are extremely popular - don't hang around if you fancy one.
A 1992 vintage single cask whisky from the Isle of Jura. Distilled on 5th February 1992, matured for 13 years and bottled on the 1st of April 2005. The bottle is numbered and signed by then distillery manager Mickey Heads.
A rather interesting Isle of Jura bottling. This whisky was distilled on February 5th 1992 and was bottled 13 years later. What makes this interesting is that it shares the same cask reference as another bottling from Jura, except this one was bottled 4 months later and at a 0.6% lower ABV.
A 1998 vintage edition of Nikka's Coffey Malt whisky - made from a mash of malted barley but then distilled in one of the company's continuous Coffey stills rather than the more usual pot still. This gives it a profile between grain and malt whisky, with lots of complexity.
Bottled by Diageo as part of their Managers' Choice series of single cask bottlings from each of their distilleries, this Glen Spey 1996 is creamy and nutty, with hints of coconut betraying its new American oak maturation. Best consumed neat.
A 13yo single cask Glendullan bottled at full strength for the Managers' Choice series. Glendullan is another distillery we didn't see much of on this side of the pond, but malt from what is one of Diageo's larger distilleries has recently emerged in the US under the Singleton banner. Interestingly, this is marked as having come from a rejuvenated cask - kudos to Diageo for this extra snippet of clarity.