A 1996 vintage Signatory bottling of whisky from Glenlivet, released as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on May 13th 1996 and bottled on 30th November 2012, this spent the intervening 16 years in a sherry butt. We assume it was a refill cask, as it's not picked up large amounts of colour, and it marries Glenlivet's elegant spirit with light sherry notes.
In our humble opinion there's little better than a mid-teen Laphroaig at full strength from a refill or plain cask, so we're getting a bit hot under the collar about this plain hogshead 'Froyg 1996 from indie heroes Signatory.
Bottled for the distillery's centenary, this single cask 16yo Glendullan has been kept at its remarkable full strength of 62.6% - so it needs a generous drop of water to tame its elegant, yet firm style and lift the grassy citrus flavours.
An early version of Whyte & Mackay's Stillman's Dram series, this is a batch of three casks of the 1970 vintage from Tamnavulin (during the days when they were still referring to it as Tamnavulin-Glenlivet).
A 1978 vintage Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling from Glen Albyn. Bottlings from Glen Albyn are rarely seen nowadays, as the distillery closed for good back in 1983. Even when it was operational, there were only a couple of official bottlings and very few independent ones released.
A 16 year old bottling of Gen Elgin from legendary Italian importers Samaroli, as part of their Fragments of Scotland series. Awarded 91 points by Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com, who noted it had pepper and mint flavours.
A 1973 vintage bottling of Dallas Dhu from Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. The distillery closed in 1983 and soon afterwards was turned into a museum of distillation owned by the state.
A 1972 vintage Dallas Dhu, released by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail at 16 years of age as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. One of the many victims of the 1983 cull, the distillery is today a museum of distillation run by Historic Scotland.
A mid-1990s independent bottling of whisky from this much sought after closed distillery. It was distilled a few years before closure and matured for 16 years before release as part of Direct Wines's First Cask range.
A 1977 vintage whisky bottled by the SMWS, produced at distillery 56, aka Coleburn - closed since 1985 and since dismantled. This was distilled in March and bottled 16 and half years later in October 1993.