A cask strength Cragganmore 1989 from independent bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd, bottled under The John Milroy Selection label, indicating the release was primarily for the Japanese market. This was bottled in 2011 at 21 years of age.
A 1989 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Normally unpeated, this single cask is from the small part of the year when Bunnahabhain produce peated malt. Honey and vanilla notes are in abundance here, with a peaty undertone.
A cask strength single cask bottling of Blair Athol, released by Signatory as part of their appropriately-named Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on July 7th 1989, this was matured for 23 years in a single hogshead before bottling on April 9th 2013.
The third release of Balblair's popular 1989 vintage whisky, sitting in the middle of their range of dated drams. The strength has been upped to 46% from 43% for the previous release, giving this edition a little more oomph and flavour intensity. A very drinkable dram indeed.
A 1989 vintage single cask Glenrothes (written as Glen Rothes on the label) from Signatory, part of their Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled on New Year's Eve 1989, matured in a refill sherry butt and then bottled on October 8th 2012.
A 1989 vintage Glenrothes from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd, the Glenrothes brand uses a large amount of sherry barrels in their longer aged expressions and sometimes sell such casks off, such as this refill sherry butt. A healthy 651 bottles came out of the cask - the angel's loss is our gain.
A lightly coloured single cask 1989 Bowmore bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. I suspect that this came out of a several-times-refilled sherry cask, but with 21 years under its belt it should have a bit of oomph still.
A peated 1989 Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. The peated spirit is sometimes referred to as Margadale after the river that exists as the distillery's water source. This was bottled after 23 years of maturation and the angels must have been thirsty as it is at a cask strength of just 44%.
A heavily peated 1989 vintage Isle of Jura from indie bottlers Signatory. This was distilled on 17th December and aged for 24 years in a pair of Bourbon barrels before being bottled on 7th January 2014.
A heavily peated 1989 vintage Isle of Jura from indie bottlers Signatory. This was distilled on 17th December and aged for 24 years in a pair of Bourbon barrels before being bottled on Valentine's Day, 14th February 2014.
A 1989 vintage Macallan released as part of the Pearls of Scotland series - distilled in September 1989 and bottled in February 2014. Lighter than many whiskies from Macallan and bottled without dilution at a very approachable drinking strength of 46.5%.
A 1989 vintage Longrow, the peated malt produced at Springbank distillery. This was aged for 13 years in an ex-sherry butt. Malt Maniac Olivier Humbrecht liked this one so much, he awarded it 91 points.