The return of the name Gran Reserva to Glenfiddich's 21yo after a few years under different titles is also accompanied by an upgrade to its packaging. It is still finished in rum casks for 4 months, but it now has a more elegant presentation, as befits its position towards the top of the distillery's regular range.
A cask-strength 21yo from Tomatin, a distillery which has really benefited from a bit of brand investment recently, with a packaging facelift and a flurry of highly-regarded new releases. Expect smooth, spicy wood influence and more than a hint of sherry in the mix.
An additional period of maturation in 30 year-old Port pipes has given this aged Balvenie an extra level of depth and concentration of flavour, adding potent fruit and smoke notes to the silky-smooth full-bodied palate. Rich, indulgent, after-dinner Speyside at it's best. IWSC - Gold Medal Winner 2011
A 1991 vintage Highland Pak from independent bottlers Douglas Laing, released as part of their Directors' Cut series. Distilled in February, this was aged for 21 years in refill butt number 9242 before 227 bottles were yielded in December 2012.
One of the most exciting of 2010's Special Releases, this 1989 Glen Spey is the first mainstream bottling of note from this distillery, and is comfortably the oldest OB Glen Spey ever released. A vatting of new American oak casks 'that had also held sherry'.
A 2012 re-release of Highland Park 21 back at its old strength of 47.5% after a few years of languishing at a lower strength due to stock shortages. This has been much sought after in the travel retail sector and it's good to see it back on our shelves again. Absolutely terrific stuff.
Teeling's much anticipated 21 year old vintage reserve. Distilled in 1991, this was matured in ex-bourbon casks and then married in Sauternes casks to finish. This first batch is believed to be the first ever Sauternes finished Irish Whiskey. The next releases will be at 25 and 30 years old and we're brimming with anticipation.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Irish Single Malt
A mix of bourbon and sherry casks matured for 19 years before the last two years are spent finishing in ex-Madeira casks, this is the top of Bushmill's regular range. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Irish Single Malt
The oldest expression from Redbreast so far, this is a combination of malted and unmalted barley matured in a mixture of Bourbon barrels and first fill Oloroso casks resulting in a rich and complex whiskey.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Pot Still 21yo and Over
Considered by many to be the hidden gem (and bargain) of Diageo's 2013 Special Releases is this 21 year old vintage Cardhu. A distillery that's not that well known on these shores (although is huge in spain), this is a delicate yet complex whisky, with balanced sweet fruit and dark woodiness.
A 1993 vintage Macallan from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Directors' Cut series. Distilled in June, it was aged in a single barrel for 21 years before 177 bottles of this sweet and malty whisky were yielded in June 2014.
A relatively young entry in the Douglas Laing Platinum range, with only 21 years on the clock for this whisky from Glenrothes. However, it has come from a sherry hogshead with an outturn of only 94 bottles - a rare dram which probably has a story behind it...