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.
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 sherry matured whisky from closed Littlemill, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2012 at 22 years of age by The Whisky Agency. This is part of their Sea Life series of whiskies and has a crab infested label.
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 joint bottling of 1990 vintage Laphroaig by German independent The Whisky Agency and us, The Whisky Exchange. This is a 21 year old whisky that matured in a bourbon cask until it was bottled in 2011.
A 20 year old Port Dundas from 1990, the first grain whisky to be part of Diageo's yearly Special Releases range. This has a bit of history, starting with 3 years in bourbon casks before being 'finished' for a further 17 years in new European oak, first fill bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
An offically bottled single cask of Tomatin 1990, released at cask strength in its natural state, without chill-filtration or colouring. Tomatin is definitely one to watch over the next couple of years.
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.
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.
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'.