The initially controversial 16yo official expression of Scapa is now winning people round with a jump in quality after a few wobbly years following the rapid transition from the much-loved 12yo via the short-lived 14yo. Orkney's less shouted about (but still lovely in its own way) malt whisky has found its feet. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Island 13 to 20 years
The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers.
With the smoothness of the 10 year-old allied to extra complexity from more ageing, this is a winner. 'A delicious and sophisticated dram with impressive depth and almost perfect weight.' Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine Dec 2000
Famous Grouse 16 year old is a blend of eight whiskies which are married and finished in a combination of first-fill Spanish sherry oak and first-fill American bourbon casks. A rich and spicy blended whisky.
A 1997 vintage whisky from Arran, bottled by veteran spirits experts Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was bottled in 2013 at 16 years of age, having spent an unspecified period being finished in a cask which used to hold Marsala.
A single cask whisky from Glentauchers, bottled for the Cask Strength Collection by Signatory. Distilled on February 6th 1996 and bottled exactly 16 years later on February 6th 2012 after maturing in a bourbon barrel.
A Signatory bottling of 16 year old Glenlivet, released as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 6 November 1997, matured in a sherry butt and bottled on 1 July 2014, yielding 589 bottles.
Another outstanding single cask cask-strength Bowmore from Signatory. Just about everything in this 'Cask Strength Collection' series has been very good and several have been exceptional. Distilled on June 13 1997 and aged for 16 years in hogsheads 1916 and 1917, this was bottled on February 19 2014.
A 1997 vintage Royal Brackla from independent bottlers Adelphi. Distilled in the year the distillery underwent a major refurbishment, this was aged for 16 years in cask 5564 and bottled in 2014 at full strength of 56.8%.