A 1988 vintage Speyburn, bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series. This was distilled three years before the current (as of 2013) owners, Inver House, took control, This is sweet with herbal influences and a hint of fresh mint.
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 1988 vintage whisky from seldom seen Balmenach, the quiet but active backbone of Inver House's distilling operations. This was distilled on 18th October 1988, matured for 24 years in a hogshead and bottled at cask strength on April 3rd 2013.
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 rare 1988 vintage Littlemill from independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Littlemill was in fact mothballed from 1984 to 1989, so we presume this came from the small amount of test distillation they would have been doing at the time to keep the equipment in working order. The distillery closed for good in 1992 and bottlings are becoming harder to find.
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 heavily sherried 1988 Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Bottled at 24 years old and at cask strength of 49.8% as part of the Berry's Own Selection range. Bunnahabhains of this style are much sought after by sherry-heads - it's a big and heavy dram.
Signatory come up with the goods again, this time a 1988 vintage hogshead from the ever-reliable Highland Park. Bottled at full strength and with an enticing full gold colour, this should be excellent.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Aged in a refill sherry butt for 24 years, the angels left this one for us to enjoy, with the cask yielding 588 bottles.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask series, Hunter Laing have released 6 special bottlings presented in wooden boxes and with original style labels. This 25 year old Aberlour was distilled in May 1988 and bottled in November 2013 from cask 13604.
A 25 year old Tamdhu, bottled to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask brand. Presented in a wooden box with the original style label, this was distilled in June 1988 and bottled in November 2013 from cask 13605. Bottlings of this age from Tamdhu are relatively rare and receive consistently high marks on the Malt Maniac's database, so we have high hopes for this one too.
A 10 year old bottling of 'Leapfrog' from independent bottlers Murray McDavid. From a distillery on the south coast of Islay which claims to be "the world's most richly flavoured Scotch Whisky". This was distilled in 1988 and aged in an ex-bourbon cask.