A 2000 vintage Macduff from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series. Distilled in the year the distillery underwent a refurbishment, this was bottled in 2013, just as it reached its teenage years.
A 2000 vintage Aultmore bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This was bottled two years after Diageo sold the owning company of the distillery to Bacardi in a deal worth more than £1bn. Aged in refill sherry casks, this has notes of spice, wood and herbs.
A 2000 vintage Edradour, which was aged for 8 years in a hogshead before being transferred to an ex-Chardonnay cask for 4 and a half years. Released as part of the distillery's ongoing Straight From the Cask series of bottlings which use a variety of different wine casks to finish their whiskies.
An interesting, untampered with whisky from Murray McDavid, switching their usual ACEing for simple, but excellent, cask selection. This is a 2000 vintage Bowmore simply aged in sherry casks for 7 years before bottling.
Another of Edradour's outstanding Natural Cask Strength single cask bottlings. This is from the 2000 vintage and, judging by the colour and the relatively large number of bottles, it's a pretty safe guess that this was from a sherry butt. These releases are extremely popular - don't hang around if you fancy one.
The 2000 vintage of Talisker's ever popular and quite excellent Distillers Edition. Double matured, as are all of the range, with the finish being in Amoroso casks, a sweetened Oloroso sherry, adding some sweet and juicy fruit to Talisker smoke and maritime edge.