We're lucky to have reclaimed this excellent Longmorn for The Single Malts of Scotland series - it was originally bottled in 2009 for an overseas market, but was shelved at the last minute. A nutty, appley Longmorn with a generous dollop of clove and cinnamon spices.
A 1990 vintage Macallan bottled by Speciality Drinks for their The Whisky Trail range in 2011. Rich fruit and oak flavours and a fantastically accessible, smooth, easy-drinking style make this great value for money compared to the official bottlings.
A single cask release of 1990 vintage Glen Ord. This whisky has been aged for 21 years and matured in a Refill butt. Bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series, at their preferred strength of 50%.
A 1990 vintage Laphroaig bottled by indie bottler Montgomerie's in July 2009 at 18 years of age. This was distilled in the early days of legendary former manager Iain Henderson's reign at the distillery.
The second release of 1990 vintage Balblair. Long known to blenders as a category 'A' malt, Balblair is a terrific malt whisky worthy of the renewed attention its 2007 makeover and thrilling vintage releases have bestowed.
A very potent plain hogshead cask of Diageo's blending workhorse, Auchroisk (once of Singleton fame), from the 1990 vintage, bottled by Signatory at the end of 2012 for their Cask Strength Collection. Nice to see this very overlooked single malt in its natural state.
A 1990 vintage Aberlour from independent bottlers Speciality Drinks Ltd as part of their Single Malts of Scotland range. Aged for 22 years in cask number 131571, just 250 bottles of this rich and spicy whisky were released.
A 1990 vintage Highland Park released by independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection series. Distilled on 3rd December, it was aged in a wine cask for 22 years before being bottled on 2nd July 2013. This is a rare example of full term wine cask maturation for Highland Park, we can't wait to try it ourselves.
A 1990 vintage distillery bottling of Old Pulteney. This has been matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak ex-sherry butts. The casks used previously held peated malt, which has resulted in a lightly peated whisky, which is also sweet and spicy.
The third cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Mannochmore distillery in Speyside. This was distilled in March 1990 and bottled 9 years later in May 1999. The distillery is situated within the same complex as Glenlossie and is known for predominantly producing a light grassy style of malt.
This heavily-sherried Mannochmore 1990 was one of Tim F's favourite drams from 2009's Special Releases. A belter from a previously undistinguished distillery - we'd like to see much more of this sort of thing.