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.
A beautiful hogshead of Glengoyne 1990 bottled for The Whisky Exchange. Creamy melted vanilla ice-cream on thick crust baked apple pie. Glengoyne's lack of peat leads some to regard it as a worthy but dull whisky, but the truth is that the spirit made here is of remarkable quality, and when it gets into the right cask the results are magical.
The second 20yo Glenkinchie bottled for Diageo's Special Releases is, like the first, a small batch from refill American oak casks. This is an equally enjoyable dram, in our opinion a bit better, although it definitely needs a drop of water to get going.
This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's Black Art series. The whisky is created by Master distiller Jim McEwan and the composition is kept a secret. All we know is it's aged in a combination of American and French oak.
A 1990 vintage Imperial released by independent bottler Mackillop's. Distilled on December 4, it was aged for 23 years before being bottled at cask strength in March 2014. This was distilled just as the distillery reopened following a four year closure, only for it to be mothballed again in 1998 and officially closed two years later.
A relatively young entry in the Douglas Laing Platinum range, with only 21 years on the clock for this whisky from Glenrothes. However, it has come from a sherry hogshead with an outturn of only 94 bottles - a rare dram which probably has a story behind it...
Airigh Nam Beist 1990 is a delicious vintage bottling from the ongoing success story that is Ardbeg. Sadly now discontinued due to exhausted stocks, 'the Beist' was an extremely popular Ardbeg, with assertive and powerful peatiness and a lovely honeyed edge. Oh, and it's pronounced 'Arry nam Baysht'.
Please note - this is limited to 2 bottles per customer.
A 1990 vintage Glenrothes bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare series. Founded in 1878, the Glenrothes brand is owned by fellow independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Having spent 23 years in a sherry hogshead, this has dried berry and fruitcake notes.
A 1990 vintage Imperial from independent bottlers Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare series. Distilled in October 1990, this was aged for 23 years in a sherry butt before bottling in November 2013.
A benchmark: not just for Macallan, but for aged whisky everywhere. Sets the standard for sherried Speysides to aspire to. 'Best Malt in the World': The Macallan 18 years old, Whisky Magazine, June 2004
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.