Auchentoshan Signatory 1992 25 year old (Lowlands)
A single cask bottling, this was distilled in February 1992 and left to age in a bourbon barrel until May 2017 when it was bottled with an outturn of just 184 bottles.
Aromas are slightly rough at first with grassy notes and a chalky overtone opening up on vanilla cream, apples and buttery pears. Bright, malty and full of tropical fruit on the palate with pineapple, banana and a little papaya. The finish is bright and fruity with some remaining vanilla cream and tropical touches.
Oban 1998 The Distillers Edition (Highlands)
This particular variation, the Distiller’s Edition, is produced from 300 barrels which are set aside for this annual release. The Distiller’s Edition is made from Oban’s 14 year which is then matured for 6-18 months in Montilla Fino sherry butt.
There is an outstanding around fruity and pungent, sea salt with crushed grapes, orange zest and hints of smoke. The palate is explosive, soft malt then wave upon wave of delicate yet rich fruit notes on a tide of brine. For the finish you will find sweetened Jamaican coffee and oak with an attractive malt-biscuit effect as it dies down.
Aberlour a Bunadh Batch 41 (Speyside)
Described as a respectful toast to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming, this stunning whisky is produced in the style of the 19th Century whiskies once made at the distillery. It is beautiful whisky, aged in Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts, with neither colouring nor chill-filtration. Just pure unadulterated whisky with an incredibly spicy flavour
Aromas of mixed spices including plenty of cinnamon, hazelnuts and caramelised peels leading to lots of rich Oloroso sherry notes. On the palate you will find marmalade, maraschino cherries, prunes and sultanas. Ginger nut biscuits and dark chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel. An intense and oaky with peppered dark chocolate.
Glen Scotia Victoriana (Cambeltown)
Each cask is chosen for its rare character and exceptional maturity. Finished in deep charred oak, the result is an exceptionally smooth single malt whisky whose aroma and flavour work in harmony. Bottled in the traditional way straight from the cask and without filtration.
A dark nose with elegant hints of oak driving the bouquet. Interesting crème brulee notes leading to generous caramelised fruits and finally polished oak. A sweet and concentrated start to the palate with some jammy blackcurrant fruitiness. A clean, initially sweet finish with hints of cocoa and green bean.
Highland Park 18 year old (Island)
The intense balance of the flavours found in this whiskey owes everything to slow-burning, aromatic peat from Hobbister Moor, hand turned floor maltings, Sherry seasoned European oak casks, cool maturation in our temperate island climate and a long and unhurried harmonisation process.
Aromas of ripe floral nots with a delectable fruit salad a long with honeyed exotic fruits with a little botrytis. A creamy and full palate with fruit conserves and espresso. Hints of cinnamon and all spice with toffee and black forest honey. The finish is long, well sugared with a herbal edge.
Kilchoman Lock Gorm 2018 (Islay)
Named after a famously dark and peaty loch overlooked by the distillery, ;Loch gorm is a sherry cask single malt matured exclusively in 17 Oloroso sherry casks, extracting the rich spicy character of the European oak as it ages in the Islay warehouses.
The nose is spicy and sweet with peat smoke and dark chocolate is well integrated. The palate is fill with soft fruits it is well rounded and full of character. A lingering finish that is sweet and well balanced.