A quarter-bottle of the splendid Clynelish 14yo. Complex and spicy, this is perfect for hip flasks during long walks in cold weather. If you've never tried the malt from this brilliant distillery, now's the time to take the plunge.
Released in Spring 2010, this Glenfiddich Rich Oak has spent 14 years in ex-bourbon casks in the traditional way, before two separate finishes of 12 weeks in new European oak and six weeks in new American oak before bottling. We like the sound of this.
Clynelish is the successor to the now-silent Brora, built opposite the original distillery and producing a top-quality rich, smoky dram. One of the best entry-level proprietary bottlings available from any distillery.
Released in late 2010, this Arran 14yo replaced the old 12yo. Neither coloured nor chill-filtered, Arran 14yo is bottled at a sensible drinking strength of 46%, for which the management deserve maximum kudos.
A special bottling of Cragganmore for Diageo's whisky fan club, the Friends of the Classic Malts, released in 2010. This one has been matured for slightly longer than the regular expression, sitting in casks for at least 14 years.
A 14 year old limited edition Balvenie which finished its maturation in casks which had previously held Caribbean Rum. Expect vanilla and toffee notes as the rum contributes extra sweetness to the flavours.
The only generally available distillery bottling from Inchgower, usually a key part of the Bell's blend. It's also not one that independents see much of, so this is one of your only chances to try the output from this quietly elegant distillery.
A 1998 vintage whisky from Old Pulteney, bottled un-chillfiltered by Gordon & Macphail at cask strength. It's a vatting of two first fill bourbon barrels, distilled on 26th August and bottled on 13th September 2012.
A limited edition Balvenie release, originally produced for the French market. This continues in the tradition of their Golden Cask and uses Cuban rum casks to finish the whisky for a total of 14 years of maturation.
The latest incarnation of the yearly cask strength 'unpeated' Caol Ila produced as part of Diageo's Special Releases selection. This time it's been aged for 14 years in ex-sherry casks, filled in 1997. There's not a lot of sherried Caol Ila out there and this might be our pick of this year's range.
From a tiny distillery in Orkney, Scapa is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour Highland Park. This 14yo was quite a shortlived bottling -it was introduced by then new owners Chivas Brothers to replace the old 12yo, but was subsequently superseded by the now-familiar 16 year old standard official bottling.