An interesting whisky that was distilled shortly before the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution, which led to the fall of communism and division of the country. Made from Czech grain and matured in casks made from Czech wood, this is very much a Czech whisky.
A 1990 vintage Glen Garioch from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 9th April, it was matured in hogshead 2762 for 23 years before being bottled on 9th April 2013 (its birthday)at 49.9%.
A 1989 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Normally unpeated, this single cask is from the small part of the year when Bunnahabhain produce peated malt. Honey and vanilla notes are in abundance here, with a peaty undertone.
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 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 1991 vintage Tamdhu from independent bottler Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in May, it was aged in refill hogshead 10585 for 23 years before 215 bottles were yielded in June 2014.
A 1990 vintage Mortlach from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 17th September, it was matured in sherry butt 6074 for 23 years before being bottled on 17th February 2014 at 54.5%.
A 1990 vintage Mortlach from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 17 September, it was aged in sherry butt 6076 for 23 years before 472 bottles were yielded on 8 July 2014.
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%.
A 23 year old Highland Park from Signatory, matured in a wine treated butt - their term for a butt that hasn't necessarily been used to age sherry/wine in a traditional manner. It was distilled on December 3 1990 and bottled at cask strength on February 18 2014.
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 Imperial released by independent bottler Mackillop's. Distilled on December 4, it was aged for 23 years before being bottled at cask strength in March 2014. This was distilled just as the distillery reopened following a four year closure, only for it to be mothballed again in 1998 and officially closed two years later.