A 1995 vintage Imperial from legendary independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd as part of their Berry's Own Selection range. The distillery closed for the first time in recent history in 1985 and this bottle was produced when the distillery reopened for a short time between 1991 and 1998, since when it has again been mothballed.
A single cask release of 1995 vintage Clynelish, chosen by us here at TWE and bottled by our friends at Signatory. The distillery has long been a favourite of our team and this cask jumped out as a perfect example of why - fruity and rich with a touch of spice, a great marriage of sherry cask and Clynelish's spirit.
This Jura 1995 is part of the distillery's 'Boutique Barrels' series of single casks, bottled at full cask strength. This 'Bourbon Jo' edition has been finished in 'small batch bourbon cask', according to the label.
Classic Clynelish from the Single Malts of Scotland - waxy, fruity and gently coastal. There have been some excellent bottlings from the mid-1990s from this distillery and this is up with the best of them.
A 1995 vintage Craigellachie from independent bottler Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in November, it was aged in sherry butt 10589 for 18 years before 730 bottles were yielded in June 2014.
Something of a curio, this one - a cask strength single malt from Springbank distillery, with more than a hint of smoke about it, suggesting it might actually be one of the distillery's other single malts. Strong and youthful, this is an assertive dram with notes of flax, wet peat, hay and pear eau de vie.
A 13yo single cask Glendullan bottled at full strength for the Managers' Choice series. Glendullan is another distillery we didn't see much of on this side of the pond, but malt from what is one of Diageo's larger distilleries has recently emerged in the US under the Singleton banner. Interestingly, this is marked as having come from a rejuvenated cask - kudos to Diageo for this extra snippet of clarity.
Only the second cask bottled by The Scotch Malt whisky Society from Glenmorangie. While the SWMS were bought by Glenmorangie in 2004 it took an extra couple of years before they managed to acquire a cask for release in the society's range. The society describe it as "Everything ... and the kitchen sink"
Part of the Annie Leibowitz collection in Macallan's Masters of Photography series, this 1996 vintage whisky was matured in an American Oak butt and is paired with a photograph of New York's iconic skyline, appropriately called 'The Skyline'.
A 1995 vintage Macallan selected as part of the Masters of Photography series, celebrating the work of Annie Leibowitz. This was matured in a sherry hogshead and features a photograph of actor & director Kevin McKidd entitled 'The Library'.