A couple of years ago we did a tasting where we tried bottlings that were only possible to buy while visiting the distillery. We had a Bourbon cask Aberlour, a Benromach, an Old Pulteney, a Glen Moray (I think) and something from Springbank. Having tasted a yummy Glenfiddich from their solera vat at cask strength yesterday (thanks Brian) I was inspired to revisit the concept. All going according to plan we'll try:-
Glen Garioch 1999 Bourbon cask 59.9%
the Glenfiddich 55.5% (15yo I think)
Glendronach - hopefully, no casks details yet but surely a sherry bomb
Arran - again crossed fingers but no confirmation as yet
the missing piece is a peaty job, I think Laphroaig offer the scheme but certainly a Longrow would do but I think we did that last time, although the cask will be different this time.
Any other peaty drams bottled from cask at the distillery that anyone can think about? I don't believe Bowmore, Caol Ila or Ardbeg do it and I'm not fussy for Bruichladdich, there I've said it. I doubt Talisker or Ardmore bother either. Remember it has to be drawn from the cask not just a pre-bottled distillery exclusive.
While we're at it can anyone think of other distilleries who do this? I think Glenmorangie stopped some time ago. Glen Goyne?