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.
An independent release of 1998 vintage from young distillery Braeval by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. Braeval only opened in 1975, but has already changed its name (from Braes of Glenlivet) and had a period of closure. It's quite rare, with no official distillery releases and only a handful of independents, but as distilling only restarted in 2008 after 6 years of downtime we will hopefully see more soon.
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 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.
This is the 2012 bottling of The Glenrothes 1998 vintage. The motto of the brand, owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd, is 'maturity not age' and thus they bottle their whiskies by vintage, rather than by age statement.
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.
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.
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.
A hugely sought-after bottling even today, Ardbeg Very Young was the first general release of spirit produced at the distillery after the Glenmorangie takeover in 1997. The spirit for Very Young was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2004 at cask strength. A smash hit at the time and a very desirable cult classic ever since.