A 20 year old Port Dundas from 1990, the first grain whisky to be part of Diageo's yearly Special Releases range. This has a bit of history, starting with 3 years in bourbon casks before being 'finished' for a further 17 years in new European oak, first fill bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
A very pleasant appley, biscuity dram from an unheralded distillery that closed its doors in 1993 after only eighteen years of existence. We were suprised at the quality of this Pittyvaich, which wears its twenty years very lightly.
The second 20yo Glenkinchie bottled for Diageo's Special Releases is, like the first, a small batch from refill American oak casks. This is an equally enjoyable dram, in our opinion a bit better, although it definitely needs a drop of water to get going.
A frequently-overlooked bottle in Glenlivet's Cellar Collection, perhaps as it remains one of the youngest of the series (even at 20 years old). This is sterling stuff, nonetheless, described by Jim Murray as 'sophistication and attitude rolled into one'. With the finish adding nuance rather than dominating the palate, this is a minor classic of the genre.
A powerful cask strength 20 year old single malt from the Yoichi distillery that previously bested some very high-profile Scottish malts at a blind tasting in 2003 and received 95 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Another addition to the 105 family, a series of whiskies bottled at a powerful 105 proof. We've already seen the 'No Age Statement' and the 40 year old, and now we have a whole new malt to enjoy. The 20 year old looks absolutely stunning! We'd be surprised if this malt wasn't as popular as its predecessors. MAX 2 BOTTLES PER PERSON
A 20 year old whisky from Springbank, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Platinum Selection series of top quality whiskies. This one was distilled in 1991 and sat in a refill hoghsead before bottling in late 2011.