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.
A 1988 vintage sherry-matured Tamdhu from independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Director's Cut series. Distilled in September, this was aged for 25 years in butt 10297 before 288 bottles were yielded in March 2014.
After its well-deserved plaudits at the 2012 World Whisky Awards it was only a matter of time before the Speyburn 25 got a bump, and this edition combines all of the great flavour of the earlier versions with a snazzy new look. The pack includes a pair of extendable cups for enjoying a dram outdoors.
. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Highland Whisky and Best Highland 21 years and over
The first Knockando in Diageo's special releases line-up and a bit of a swerve from normal. Firstly, there's no vintage on the bottle, unlike their other expressions, and secondly it's matured solely in first fill sherry casks, for a heavily rich flavour.
A 25 year old blended whisky from the folks at Cutty Sark, released to celebrate Burns Night 2012. It's named for one of Burns's most famous poems, the fairly epic Tam O'Shanter, a tale of staying too late in the pub and the ghostly visions that Tam saw on the way home.
A 25 year old bottling of world famous J & B blended whisky. Released in 1999 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Giacomo Justerini coming to London - the founder of Justerini & Brooks who created the blend. This is presented in a replica bottle shap from that period.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Director's Cut series. Distilled in December, this was aged for 25 years in cask 10272 before 104 bottles were yielded in March 2014.
A 1989 vintage Mortlach from independent bottlers Douglas Laing, released as part of their Directors' Cut series. Distilled in February, this was aged for 25 years in hogshead number 10321 before 129 bottles were yielded in March 2014.
An update to the much vaunted Bunnhabhain 25 year old, keeping the same age statement and presentation but upping the ABV to 46.3% to bring it line with the rest of the range. A great whisky at 43% but even better now with a little more oomph.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Single Malt
Please welcome the 2011 entry into the ranks of superb Talisker 25 year olds. Where previous version of Tally 25yo have been released at fullstrength, 2011's edition is the first to be bottled from refill casks at Talisker's traditional strength of 45.8% (80 proof) with a slightly larger outturn than usual to let more people join in on the fun.
Scapa 1980 is a belter of a malt from a distillery frequently overlooked in favour of its more famous Orcadian neighbour, Highland Park. Well-presented and bottled at natural cask strength for added oomph.
The 14th cask that The Scotch Malt whisky Society bottled from Ardmore. Very popular with blenders, comparatively very little single malt is released form the distillery. The title of this bottling is "Crème brulee and tyre brulee" and is has notes of crème brulee, brown sugar, plums and apricots.
Whyte & Mackay's now defunct range for older whiskies was called the Stillman's Dram. This is a 25 year old Tamnavulin, a distillery which was only founded in 1966 and was mothballed from May 1995 to 2007. We estimate this was distilled in the 1970s.
Glengoyne 25 year old is a 2014 addition to the core range. Made in the distillery's traditional way, with the slowest distillation in Scotland and no peat used in the process. This expression was matured entirely in sherry casks and has resulted in a rich and spicy whisky.
Rounded and luxurious, Glenmorangie 25 yo has some lovely floral and citrus flavours alongside the spices and toasty sweetness one would expect from a quarter century in the wood. A brilliantly-made dram that lives up to the luxury image LVMH are pushing for the brand.
The latest Talisker 25yo is another destined for the pantheon of fantastic expressions of Skye's finest. With a deceptive power hidden in a palate of incredible elegance, this is a classic iron-fist-velvet-glove Talisker par excellence.