A 1998 vintage Linkwood from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 5 November, it was matured in bourbon barrels 11767 and 11768 for 15 years before being bottled on 25 June 2014.
Released in April 2010, this litre bottle vintage edition of Highland Park was distilled in 1998, the year of the distillery's bicentenary and was originally only available in travel retail. Fruity, with a honeyed sweetness after 12 years maturation in American oak.
A 1998 vintage The Glenrothes, bottled in 2013 by the brand's owners Berry Brothers & Rudd. The Glenrothes motto is "maturity not age" and therefore they put vintages on their whiskies rather than age statements.
The 2010 edition of the Royal Lochnagar entry in Diageo's Distillers Edition range of whiskies. This one was finished in casks that previous contained well aged muscat wine, adding a floral richness to the spirit.
A 1998 vintage Aultmore from independent bottlers Speciality Drinks Ltd as part of their Single Malts of Scotland range. Aged for 15 years in cask number 2619, just 220 bottles of this rich and warming whisky were released.
A vatting of two casks of 1998 Whisky from Braeval distillery. Matured in a Bourbon Barrel and bottled at 13 years of age. This has been bottled by Signatory at cask strength for their Cask Strength Collection.
A triple-distilled 1998 vintage Benriach, aged for a total of 16 years, including a finishing period in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. This was bottled as part of the distillery's 11th batch of single cask releases in July 2014.
A single cask bottling of 1998 vintage Laphroaig, one of a small range of excellent casks chosen by TWE and bottled by Signatory. This whisky is a fantastic slap in the face, with huge sherry notes combined with big Laphroaig peat and intense flavour thanks to its high natural strength. A must for sherry heads.
Following on from Very Young and Still Young, Ardbeg Almost There showed the final stage in the evolution of young cask-strength Ardbeg 1998 before it blossomed into the Renaissance 10 yr-old. As you would expect, this is a mellower, more rounded, better balanced dram than the younger incarnations.
The second release in Ardbeg's journey to the new 10yo, Still Young was released in 2006 and continued the successful 'path to peaty maturity' as the marketing types called it. A refreshing dram with great intensity.