A 1989 vintage Glenrothes from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd, the Glenrothes brand uses a large amount of sherry barrels in their longer aged expressions and sometimes sell such casks off, such as this refill sherry butt. A healthy 651 bottles came out of the cask - the angel's loss is our gain.
A cask strength single cask bottling of Blair Athol, released by Signatory as part of their appropriately-named Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on July 7th 1989, this was matured for 23 years in a single hogshead before bottling on April 9th 2013.
A peated 1989 Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. The peated spirit is sometimes referred to as Margadale after the river that exists as the distillery's water source. This was bottled after 23 years of maturation and the angels must have been thirsty as it is at a cask strength of just 44%.
The first distillery bottling of Benrinnes in aeons, this is a heavily-sherried number, very old-school with dark fruit, crème brulée, a hint of beef gravy and a touch of gun-metal. Released in 2009 as part of Diageo's Special Releases, this is far and away the best official bottling from this distillery.
This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's Black Art series. The whisky is created by Master distiller Jim McEwan and the composition is kept a secret. All we know is it's aged in a combination of American and French oak.
A 1990 vintage Glenrothes bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare series. Founded in 1878, the Glenrothes brand is owned by fellow independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Having spent 23 years in a sherry hogshead, this has dried berry and fruitcake notes.
A 1990 vintage Imperial from independent bottlers Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare series. Distilled in October 1990, this was aged for 23 years in a sherry butt before bottling in November 2013.
A 1974 vintage Linkwood bottled as part of Diageo's Rare Malts series. This was distilled a few years after the distillery expanded form 2 stills to 6, vastly increasing capacity. Bottled 23 years later at cask strength, this received 90 points on the Malt Maniacs' Monitor.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. Originally bottled in 1997, this expression is a brilliant example of what this great Highland distillery is capable of.
An official bottling of 1973 vintage Glen Ord as part of Diageo's Rare Malts series. During the time of distillation, there were two types of maltings in operation at the distillery - a Saladin box and a drum maltings.
A 1989 vintage Bowmore which was aged entirely in port casks for 23 years and bottled in 2013. This was distilled in the year that Suntory first bought a stake in Morrison Bowmore distillers. This has notes of blood orange, spices and winter fruits.