The 1997 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition bottled in 2013. By far the most popular of the Distiller's Edition series this double matured Lagavulin has had a finishing period in sweet, sticky Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. A whisky that never disappoints.
A 1997 vintage Dufftown from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. This was distilled in the year Grand Metropolitan and the distillery's then owners, Guinness, merge to create Diageo.
A 1997 vintage Glen Ord from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on April 30, it was matured in hogshead 800090 for 17 years before being bottled on July 4 2014 at a punchy 61.6%.
A 1997 vintage Clynelish from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Cask Strength series. The whiskies produced at this distillery are matured mainly in either the on site warehouses, or the ones over the road which used to belong to Brora distillery.
Another outstanding single cask cask-strength Bowmore from Signatory. Just about everything in this 'Cask Strength Collection' series has been very good and several have been exceptional. Distilled on June 13 1997 and aged for 16 years in hogsheads 1916 and 1917, this was bottled on February 19 2014.
A 1997 vintage Royal Brackla from independent bottlers Adelphi. Distilled in the year the distillery underwent a major refurbishment, this was aged for 16 years in cask 5564 and bottled in 2014 at full strength of 56.8%.
The latest incarnation of the yearly cask strength 'unpeated' Caol Ila produced as part of Diageo's Special Releases selection. This time it's been aged for 14 years in ex-sherry casks, filled in 1997. There's not a lot of sherried Caol Ila out there and this might be our pick of this year's range.
After the runaway success of 2007's first bottling, hopes were high for version 2.0 - so we were delighted to find another stunner. This is less sweet and more sooty and savoury than the first batch. A triumph, again.
A tremendous return to form for Springbank. This is a small batch of re-charred sherry butts and the results are terrific. Sweet toffee, smoke and spices, with great depth and length. Definitely one of the most welcome releases of the year.
A special bottling for the Springbank Society. This 1997 vintage Longrow was distilled in 1997 and matured for 8 years in a refill sherry butt. Bottled in July 2005 at cask strength and limited to only 630 bottles.
An eleven year-old Clynelish 1997 bottled at cask strength from a single first-fill bourbon cask - something tells us this could be one of the more popular releases from the last batch of Diageo's Managers Choice bottlings. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON.
A single 1997 European Sherry Oak cask of Caol Ila chosen to represent the distillery in the cask strength Managers' Choice range from Diageo. This is only the second ever single cask Caol Ila released by Diageo after the wonderful Feis Ile bottling in 2009 (also a sherry cask, coincidentally).