A 1986 vintage Glen Moray from independent bottlers Adelphi. The distillery is well known for only using ex bourbon barrels for the main part maturation of their whiskies (barring a few examples of finishing in wine casks).
A promising golden colour on this plain hogshead from Cragganmore, one of Diageo's most well-respected distilleries. Distilled in 1985 and bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection in December 2012.
A Frisky Whisky bottling of Caol Ila, as chosen by whisky legend John Milroy. A marriage of two casks distilled in 1983 and matured for 27 years before bottling in 2010 to produce a spicy and nutty whisky with a peat smoke edge.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. This little beauty was awarded 5 stars and 90/100 by Serge, www.whiskyfun.com.
A 1984 vintage bottling of Caol Ila from the folks at Douglas Laing, released as part of their premium Old & Rare Platinum Selection range. Distilled in March 1984, matured in a sherry hogshead and bottled in January 2012 at 27 years old.
A 27 year old whisky from Orkney's Highland Park distillery, bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing for their Old & Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in December 1984, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled just shy of its 28th birthday, in September 2012.
The 4th edition in Bruichladdich's DNA series, digging into the heart and soul of the distillery's character. This time it's from 1985 and has been aged for 12 years before cask selection and bottling.
A limited edition bottling of 1977 vintage whisky from Glenturret, normally found at the heart of the Famous Grouse blend. This has been aged for 27 years before being bottled in 2004 to produce a sweet and smooth whisky with toffee and elegant oak.
A release of Glen Garioch from the late 90s, bottled at 27 years old as part of the Distillery Archive series. It was distilled in 1970, the year that the distillery was sold to Stanley P Morrison Ltd, the latest incarnation of which also own Bowmore and Auchentoshan.
An old and well aged whisky from Benromach, bottled by independent retailer Cadenhead's. It was distilled in February 1966 and bottled in October 1993, the year that the (at that time) mothballed distillery was bought by current owners Gordon & Macphail.
One of the most eagerly anticipated bottlings of the 2013 Diageo Special Releases (and in our view the best looking) is this 1985 vintage Talisker. Aged for 27 years in refill American Oak, this shows off the intensity that Talisker can offer, both in terms of flavour and complexity.