A 16 year old single first fill sherry butt matured whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Signatory for their Un-chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled on 13th May 1996 and bottled on 13th November 2012.
A 1996 vintage Signatory bottling of whisky from Glenlivet, released as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on May 13th 1996 and bottled on 30th November 2012, this spent the intervening 16 years in a sherry butt. We assume it was a refill cask, as it's not picked up large amounts of colour, and it marries Glenlivet's elegant spirit with light sherry notes.
A 1996 vintage Arran bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series of bottlings. The distillery had only opened a year before, having been the first legal distillery on the island since 1837.
A cask strength 1996 vintage single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery, distilled on the 11th of December at the end of their first full year of operation. It was then matured in a sherry cask for 15 years, before bottling on October 1st 2012.
A 1996 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottlers Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Casks series. Aged for 17 years before bottling, this is a classically sweet and peaty example of the distillery's style.
A 1996 vintage distillery bottling of Ben Nevis. This was bottled in September 2012 after spending 15 years maturing in ex-sherry cask number 1652. This was distilled in the same year the distillery relaunched its range after a period of closure during the 1980s.
A 1996 vintage distillery bottling of Ben Nevis. This was bottled in September 2012 after spending 15 years maturing in ex-sherry cask number 1653. This was distilled in the same year the distillery relaunched its range after a period of closure during the 1980s.
The third bottling in Dalmore's Clan Mackenzie series, following up their Castle Leod and The Mackenzie. It is named for, and a proportion of the profits will go towards the maintenance of, the Clan's estates at Cromartie.
Bottled by Diageo as part of their Managers' Choice series of single cask bottlings from each of their distilleries, this Glen Spey 1996 is creamy and nutty, with hints of coconut betraying its new American oak maturation. Best consumed neat.
Bottled in 2009 as part of the not-altogether-uncontroversial Managers' Choice series, this Strathmill is one of the more interesting bottlings in the series, as one of only a tiny handful of official bottlings from this very obscure distillery, most of whose output goes into the J&B blend.
Benrinnes is another Diageo distillery of which very little is seen. Most of the malt produced at Benrinnes is used as blend fodder, so it's great to see a debut single cask bottling to sit alongside the Flora & Fauna version and 2009's acclaimed Special Release 23yo.