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 single cask bottling of 1988 vintage Balmenach, hand picked by The Whisky Exchange and bottled by Signatory at 25 years of age. While you don't see many whiskies from this distillery, this one was a must pick as soon as we tried it - classic bourbon cask whisky, well-aged and packed with flavour.
A 1988 vintage Blair Athol from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 21st October, it was matured in refill sherry butt 6919 for 25 years before being bottled on 14th February 2014 at a punchy 62.1%.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.