Originally launched for the Swedish market in September 2013, this was distilled on August 12th 1999 and matured initially in bourbon casks before being finished in virgin American oak to produce a rich and sweet whisky.
A 2000 vintage Edradour, which was aged for 8 years in a hogshead before being transferred to an ex-Sauternes cask for just shy of 5 years. Released as part of the distillery's on-going Straight From the Cask series of bottlings which use a variety of different wine casks to finish their whiskies.
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 single cask release from Caol Ila distillery. This whisky was distilled in 1993 and matured for a full 13 years, after which it was bottled by ACEO ltd for a Case in Cask syndicate. This has been bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration.
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.
A bottling of 1991 vintage Springbank from independent bottlers Murray McDavid. This was from a limited single cask batch of 300 bottles released for Taiwanese importers Channg Ruey at the end of 2004.
A 1989 vintage Longrow, the peated malt produced at Springbank distillery. This was aged for 13 years in an ex-sherry butt. Malt Maniac Olivier Humbrecht liked this one so much, he awarded it 91 points.
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.
The 10th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from Mortlach, back in 1994. Today the majority of Mortlach's production is used as the sherried component in Johnnie Walker and there are few official bottlings.
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.
The second release from the 45th distillery of the SMWS range - Dallas Dhu. This whisky was distilled in 1975 and has been matured for more than 13 years. Bottled at a powerful 61.1% in September 1988.