Full-bodied, with creamy vanilla notes, this is one of the best blends available anywhere. A testament to the art of the master blender, and fiercely championed by Jim Murray. Whisky Bible Awards 2011: World Whisky of the Year; Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Scotch Whisky of the Year; 97.5 Points IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
An entry in the latin(-ish) named range from Benriach, stepping up from their 10 year old Curiositas with a 17 year old version of their peated Speyside dram. They say it harks back to the older peaty styles of Speyside whisky, we just say it's rather tasty.
A slightly mad Murray McDavid creation, taking 1991 Caol Ila whisky matured in Bourbon casks, and finishing it in casks that used to hold Quart-de-Chaume, a sweet white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire valley, for a total of 17 years of maturation.
A delicious Highland dram from Old Pulteney, this 17yo is comprised of 90% refill bourbon casks with the remainder being from Oloroso casks. Lovely sweet aromas of butterscotch, honey and chocolate, with some faint salt and oakspice on the palate. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Highland 13 to 20 years
A 1996 vintage Miltonduff from independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series. One of the first releases from the range, which was launched in September 2013, this is sweet and fruity.
A limited edition single cask from Bruichladdich's Micro-Provenance series, detailing many details about the cask's handling to let the drinker see the influence of many factors. This was distilled in 1992, matured for 17 years in ex-bourbon American oak cask #1907, stored in dunnage warehouse 6 in the left 16 casks...
A special edition of Ballantine's 17 year old whisky, created to showcase the character of Scapa, one of the distilleries at the heart of the blend. A much underrated and often forgotten distillery, it's great to see its role being celebrated.
Arran 17 Year Old is the last release in a triology counting down to the launch of the 18 year old in 2015. The oldest official bottling from the distillery at the time of release, this was matured exclusively in ex-sherry hogsheads – sweet spice is abundant here.
A 1996 vintage Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection release of whisky from Caol Ila. A vatting of two hogsheads, distilled on September 3rd 1996, matured for 17 years and bottled on 8th November 2013.
A hogshead of 1995 Macduff, bottled at full strength at the end of 2012 by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. You don't see a lot of these about, as most of Macduff's spirit goes into owner Dewar's William Lawson blend.
A 1995 vintage Benrinnes released by independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask strength collection series in 2013. The distillery is named after the hill which overlooks the distillery, Ben Rinnes, which stands at 840 metres high.
A 1995 vintage Imperial from legendary independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd as part of their Berry's Own Selection range. The distillery closed for the first time in recent history in 1985 and this bottle was produced when the distillery reopened for a short time between 1991 and 1998, since when it has again been mothballed.
A single cask release of 1995 vintage Clynelish, chosen by us here at TWE and bottled by our friends at Signatory. The distillery has long been a favourite of our team and this cask jumped out as a perfect example of why - fruity and rich with a touch of spice, a great marriage of sherry cask and Clynelish's spirit.
Another fantastic invention from the workbench of Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart - a 17 year old version of the best selling DoubleWood. Still initially matured in 'Whisky Oak' casks before being switched to sherry wood to finish, the extra years give it extra depth without being overpowering.
A 1996 vintage Arran bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series of bottlings. The distillery had only opened a year before, having been the first legal distillery on the island since 1837.
A 1996 vintage Laphroaig from independent bottlers Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Aged for 17 years before bottling, this is a classically sweet and peaty example of the distillery's style.