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shortlived bottling -it was introduced by then new owners Chivas Brothers to replace the old 12yo, but was subsequently superseded by the now-familiar 16 year old standard official bottling.
A difficult to find malt, but well worth an investigation as one of only two remaining distilleries from this once bounteous region. 'Absolutely engrossing malt with fabulous complexity. 90/100' Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2005
A single sherry cask of Talisker 1994 bottled at full strength as part of Diageo's Managers' Choice series. Bandages and bonfire aromas on the nose give way to a turfy, palate with some citrus also evident before a sweet finish.
A 1973 vintage Edradour, released by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail at 14 years of age as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. The distillery claims to be the smallest in Scotland and is also one of the most picturesque.
One of the last ever whiskies to be produced at Port Ellen, which closed in 1983. Bottled by independent bottlers Signatory, this was aged for 14 years in a sherry butt. Port Ellen has a cult following and, as such, bottlings are in high demand.
A 1965 vintage Glen Elgin, bottled for Italian distributer Samaroli, although with a neck label and bottle shape that is rather reminiscent of Cadenhead's releases of the time... A 14 year old whisky matured in sherry wood.