A 1988 vintage Invergordon single grain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Almost all of the distillery's output, apart from independent bottlings such as these, goes into the Whyte & Mackay range of blends.
A punchy and intensely flavoured Tormore from the Single Malts of Scotland, released at The Whisky Show 2013. Distilled in 1988, matured in a bourbon barrel and bottled in September 2013 at an impressive 64.2%. It takes water well...
A 1988 vintage Blair Athol from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 21 October, it was matured in a pair of refill sherry butts for 25 years before 551 bottles were yielded on 3 July 2014.
An all-time classic, Glenfarclas 25yo is the epitome of long-aged sherried Speyside, gorgeously smooth and silkily-textured, with rich, generous flavours of fruitcake, hazelnuts, dried fruit and a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. A thoroughly delightful dram.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottler Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 10 October, this was aged in a refill sherry butt for 25 years, before 530 bottles were yielded on 17 February 2014.
A bottle of Campbeltown Loch's now defunct 25 year old blended whisky (replaced by the 21 year old). The brand is owned by J & A Mitchell, so a large proportion of the malt can be expected to come from their Campbeltown distillery - Springbank.
A 25 year old from Speyside's Benriach, made using their peated spirit and sat at the top end of the age range for their peated whisky. This is the follow-up to the much-vaunted Authenticus 21yo and is claimed by the producers to show herb, honey and tropical fruit flavours alongside the smoke.
Released in the summer of 2013, this is a limited edition release of 3482 bottles from Glen Moray, each of which is hand signed by master distiller Graham Coull. Distilled in 1986, this was aged initially in ex bourbon casks before being finished in port casks.
Introduced in 2010, after cask strength versions in 2004 and 2005, this is the first officially-bottled Caol Ila 25yo to be bottled at 43%. It's nice to see growing recognition for this excellent distillery, and this is a very welcome addition to the official range, with a rich, gentle mouthfeel and restrained, coal-esque phenols.
A 1988 vintage Littlemill from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of their Director's Cut series, reserved for their best casks. Distilled in November, it was aged for 25 years before 225 bottles were yielded in June 2014.
Formerly a travel retail exclusive that hit the general market in late 2012, the Grant's 25 is a well aged and much respected blended whisky. With components ranging from very old grain from the company's Girvan distillery through to rich and smoky drams this is a well-balanced and suitable pinnacle to the Grant's range.
Jim Murray was very taken with this recently-launched Chivas Regal 25yo, describing it thus: "beautiful delivery...unbelievably juicy and mouthwatering...unadulterated class...leaves you demanding another glass. Brilliant!"
A late 2012 release of Highland Park's excellent 25 year old whisky. A mix of ex-sherry and bourbon cask matured whisky to balance honey with rich fruit, as well as a lick of the distilleries trademark Orcadian peatiness.