A 1998 vintage Caol Ila from the fine folks at Gordon & Macphail, bottlers of the Connoisseurs Choice range of whiskies. A classic Caol Ila with an edge of fruit thanks to having been matured in first fill sherry butts.
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 whisky from Old Pulteney, bottled un-chillfiltered by Gordon & Macphail at cask strength. It's a vatting of two first fill bourbon barrels, distilled on 26th August and bottled on 13th September 2012.
A 14 year old Laphroaig bottled un-chillfiltered by Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered collection. A vatting of two hoghseads distilled on 12th May 1998 and bottled on 14th March 2013, a couple of months shy of its 15th birthday.
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 special whisky specially selected for the Springbank Society. This 1998 vintage whisky has been matured in Port butts for 7 years, before being 'finished' in Refill Bourbon Butts for another 7 years.
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.
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.
Ardbeg Renaissance is the end of the series that began with the 'Very Young' 6yo which now changes hands for silly money on eBay. This is the first 10-year old Ardbeg that is entirely comprised of spirit produced after Glenmorangie's takeover of the distillery in 1997. A fitting end to the series.
A 1998 vintage edition of Nikka's Coffey Malt whisky - made from a mash of malted barley but then distilled in one of the company's continuous Coffey stills rather than the more usual pot still. This gives it a profile between grain and malt whisky, with lots of complexity.