A 1987 vintage single grain whisky from the closed Cambus distillery, bottled by Clan Denny. Aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead this has stayed quite lightly coloured while picking up lots of fruity and spicy flavour.
A 1986 vintage whisky from Glen Garioch, revitalised in the 2000s and now getting the recognition that it deserves. This was aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in late 2011 by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range - kudos to them for unearthing this little gem, as independent Glen Gariochs are rarer than hen's teeth.
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 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.