A youthful Conniosseurs Choice vintage bottling of the little-seen Balmenach, a blend-fodder Speyside distillery whose owners Inver House have yet to release an official bottling despite buying the distillery in 1997 and bringing it out of mothballs the following year. Hopefully that will be rectified soon.
A 1999 vintage whisky from Glenallachie, a young distillery whose whisky almost all goes into the Chivas Brothers blends. Fortunately the folks at G&M squirrel away whisky from all over Scotland, giving us a chance to try gems like this.
A curious Edradour 10yo, bottled by independent bottler Signatory - who own Edradour. We're not sure why they've chosen to bottle this as part of the Un-Chillfiltered collection instead of as an official bottling (answers on a postcard). Nonetheless, it looks interesting - there's no info on the cask type, but at this colour for a 10yo, and with 908 bottles, we're guessing this might be from a sherry butt.
A indie Caol Ila from the folks at Gordon & Macphail, distilled in 1999 and bottled for their Connoisseurs Choice line. Caol Ila is one of our favourite Islay distilleries and this sherry cask matured edition is something a little different to what the regular distillery bottlings offer.
Since the demise of the original Singleton range, official bottlings of Auchroisk are rarer than talented X-Factor wannabes - we reckon that this 1999 Managers' Choice cask strength ex-sherry 9yo might be only the third OB we've had in recent times, alongside the Flora & Fauna bottling and a Rare Malts version. At 60.6%, this will be one for the sherry monsters out there.
A very limited bottling of Yamazaki, specially produced for the 2012 Tokyo International Bar Show. Distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2012 from a single cask after 12 years hidden away in the company's Ohmi aging cellar.