A 1990 vintage Mortlach from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 17th September, it was matured in sherry butt 6074 for 23 years before being bottled on 17th February 2014 at 54.5%.
A 1990 vintage Mortlach from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 17 September, it was aged in sherry butt 6076 for 23 years before 472 bottles were yielded on 8 July 2014.
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 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 23 year old Highland Park from Signatory, matured in a wine treated butt - their term for a butt that hasn't necessarily been used to age sherry/wine in a traditional manner. It was distilled on December 3 1990 and bottled at cask strength on February 18 2014.
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.
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...