A Signatory release of single cask 1985 vintage whisky from Linkwood, bottled for their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on October 22nd, matured in a hogshead for 26 years and bottled on January 10th 2012.
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.
The first distillery bottling of Benrinnes in aeons, this is a heavily-sherried number, very old-school with dark fruit, crème brulée, a hint of beef gravy and a touch of gun-metal. Released in 2009 as part of Diageo's Special Releases, this is far and away the best official bottling from this distillery.
A rarely seen example of long-aged whisky from Dufftown, this 1985 vintage has been aged for 28 years, all spent in refill American oak. This was bottled as part of the Diageo's annual Special Releases for 2013 and is a fantastic example of what age can do to this quiet Speyside dram.
The third edition in Bruichladdich's DNA series, examining the component parts that make the distillery's whiskies tick. This one marries together some of their best casks of the 1980s - their final batch of sherry butts. Bottled at cask strength and limited to only 1665 bottles, this is one for all fans and collectors of Bruichladdich.
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 27 years before cask selection and bottling.
The 2003 release of Macallan 18 year old. A blend of whiskies distilled in 1985 and in earlier years. Macallan is the quintessential collectors' Speyside and this release has notes of cinnamon and clove.
A limited edition of just 747 bottles from Bowmore, distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2012. A classic mid-80s expression with fruit, chocolate and smoke running through the palate. This is restricted to ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER
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.