Browse our whisky database by the whisky vintage. This is the year the whisk(e)y was distilled.
A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Talisker Talisker 35 Years Old.
Very pleasant and moreish, lighter than I thought it would be for its age.
Old Pulteney 40 Years Old.
The sherry dominates on the oaky side. Too much for me but if you like woody corpulent whiskies, thi
The Macallan 1926, 60 Years Old.
A privilege to taste such an old whisky but I just cannot handle such woody astringency.
The Macallan 1937, 36 Years Old.
Blindfold, I am not sure I would not recognise this as a Macallan until that familiar finish.
Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1938, 60 Years Old.
A great age, but it has matured beautifully.
The Macallan 1940, 35 Years Old.
Not quite the complexity of the 1946 and 1948. Oaky woodiness begins to intrude.
Private Collection Glenlivet 1943.
The Glenlivet is another whisky that I have encountered at great ages, often past their best. This s
The Macallan 1945, 56 Years Old, Vintage.
Very lively, but ill-tempered. I kept expecting it to propose the return of military service, or dem
The Macallan 1946, 52 Years Old.
A whisky of seductive charm.
The Macallan 1948 Select Reserve.
Paler in colour and lighter in body, but what a palate...great Speyside whiskies once tasted like th
The Macallan 1949, 50 Years Old, Millennium.
A beautifully composed, luxurious whisky.
The Macallan 1951 Vintage.
I am a great devotee of the older Macallans, but this one is too woody for me.
Glenfarclas The Family Cask Release 3 1952 Cask 1713 Plains Hogshead 55 Years Old.
The russet colour promised something more luxurious, but this whisky is not as rich as it was.
The Family Casks 1957 Release II Cask Number 2115.
Too long in the wood.
Highland Park 1958.
Some drinkers might perfer this great whisky slightly younger and fresher. Those who like a touch of
The Glenlivet 1959 Cellar Collection.
Vivid descriptors, but the flavours are very restrained. A most elegant whisky.
Convalmore 1960, Rare Old.
Try it with a book at bedtime.
The Macallan 1961 Vintage.
This one I loved. The flavours have melded beautifully, in what must have been an excellent cask.
Glen Moray 1962, Ed Dodson's Last Manager's Choice.
As appealing and intriguing as a cupboard full of granny's jams for a young pilferer (I was one!). Y
Scott's Selection North of Scotland, 1963.
Very rich for a grain whisky. Not much dimension. No flavour peaks.
Girvan Single Grain 1964.
I've always had a soft spot for this distillery's Black Barrel, and I like this version even more. N
Kingsbury Glenturret 1965.
Very much the house style. Has not gained, or lost, much by such a long maturation.
Auchentoshan 1966, 31 Years Old.
A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?
The Glenlivet 1967 Vintage.
Lots of flavour development. I enjoyed this one.
The Glenlivet 1968 Vintage.
Has the complexity I expect from The Glenlivet.
The Glenlivet 1969 Vintage.
A little woody.
The Glenlivet 1970 Vintage.
Enjoyable, but I expected a little more.
Glen Moray 1971 Vintage.
Glen Moray has never been seen as a glamorous malt, but it gains mystery with maturity.
The Glenlivet 1972 Vintage.
A little woody. Choice of cask?
Rare Malts Cardhu 1973, 25 Years Old.
For teatime – more fun than Darjeeling.
Rare Malts Glen Ord 1974, 23 Years Old.
Far paler and less sherried than the main version from this distillery. I would like at least some s
Ardbeg is one of my great favourites, and this is one of the best versions I have tasted recently.
A little more roundness would have been appreciated.
Very juicy wood, but just too much of it?
Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old.
An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.
Murray McDavid Highland Park 1979.
Very good indeed as a lightish, delicate, interpretation of Highland Park.
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1980, 17 Years Old.
Slightly lean. Where is the fruity softness of Bladnoch?
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1981.
A beautifully balanced, rounded, example of this distinctive malt.
Mackillop's Choice Linlithgow 1982, Cask 1336.
Very pungent and powerful for a Lowlander. Tending toward harshness. This seems typical of these las
Signatory Millburn 1983.
Confusing aroma, but otherwise the most enjoyable Millburn I have tasted.
Cragganmore 1984 Distillers Edition, Ruby Port Finish, 12 Years Old.
Connoisseurs might miss the austerity of the original – or enjoy the added layer of fruity, winey,
Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1985.
Not much complexity, but an unusually summery whisky.
Connoisseur's Choice Bladnoch 1986.
The light touch of sherry helps bring out the soft, fruity, flavours.
Gordon & MacPhail Scapa 1987.
A complex, delicate, well-balanced vintage.
Aberlour 1988, Distiller's Selection.
An astonishingly malty whisky. For someone who wants to taste the eponymous ingredient, this shows i
Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old.
All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.
Murray McDavid Rosebank 1990, Sherry Cask.
The flowery youth of the whisky and the freshness of the sherry cask achieve an interesting harmony.
Evan Williams 1991, Single Barrel.
Where did she go? Will she return?
Springbank 1992, 7 Years Old, Da Mhile Organic.
Lively and refreshing, but the flavours have not combined and fleshed out as probably they will in a
Knappogue Castle 1993.
The vinho verde colour suggests a very light whiskey, and this certainly is, in both body and flavou
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, 1994.
Another great vintage from Heaven Hill.
The Arran Malt First 1995, Limited Edition.
The early releases were promising, and this one has matured well.
Blackadder Arran 1996 Raw Cask.
Slightly gin-like. I have preferred bottlings that had more contribution from the wood. A touch of v
Balblair 1997 Vintage.
Celtique Connexion Islay Single Malt Spirit Safe and Cask , 8 Years Old.
The Whisky Exchange Isle of Jura 1999, 5 Years Old.
Why wasn't this done years ago? More please. Captivating.
Glengoyne 2000 AD.
Delicious example of maltiness in a whisky. I always enjoy Glengoynes very much, but they invariably
Craigellachie Hotel Glenfarclas 2001 Single Cask Bottling.
In each corner, a fighter rather than a boxer. Not much refinement, but plenty of punch.
Craigellachie Hotel Glenlivet 2002 Single Cask Bottling.
Very sherryish, but just enough of the Glenlivet's fruity-flowery character sings through. Beautiful
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003.
A no nonsense, yet elegant Bourbon.
The Arran Malt Machrie Moor,Peated 2nd Edition 2004.
A moody offering from the Arran Distillery team.
Rittenhouse Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye 4 Years Old 2005.
This is a clever, tricksy rye. Worth a look.
Limburgers Two Years Old, 2006.
An aromatised whisky ? Odd,rather well constructed but leave a sickening
feel. Like a cough syrup.
The Macallan Easter Elchies Seasonal Cask Selection Summer 2007.
This is all about power, show and bravado and misses out on elegance depth and nuance. Some will lov
Port Charlotte Islay Barley Heavily Peated.
A little too oily for its own good one thinks.
Kilchoman, Abbey Whisky Exclusive 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Reserve.
A huge big bruiser - quite a showstopper!
Adnams Triple Grain Whisky No 2.
Love the intensity of this. Not to everyone's taste, but if you love young, herbal rye whisky then i
Triticale Whiskey A Rye Wheat Hybrid.
A lovely, complex nose but the oak gipped the palate a little too much.
Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey.
Like walking into a French pâtisserie in a small rural Gascony village.
291 Bad Boy Colorado Bourbon Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished.
A slight disconnect between nose and palate but give it time.
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2014 Release.
A complex weave, this takes water and time to unravel.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection.
Young, very exuberant. Enjoyable with or without water.
Master of Malt Bruichladdich 12 Years Old.
A pleasant Islay. Water makes the oak a little bitter.