Serge Valentin, Ruben Luyten and Johan van Samang, three (former) whisky bloggers I immensely respect, all gave this Bowmore 1996 from The Whisky Agency high scores and even higher praise. I hope it can live up to that.
Ben Nevis is not my favorite distillery so far, but this bottling by Alambic Classique is supposedly very good. I won't get my hopes up too high, but will this be the first Ben Nevis that I actually like?
Quietly plugging along is the Shieldmaiden-series from the independent label The Duchess. The third release has been for sale for a little while now, a Glenrothes 1996 20 Years Old from a bourbon hogshead.
You virtually never encounter an official release from Glentauchers distillery, but it shows up every once in a while as an independent bottling. Like this Glentauchers 1996 20 Years Old from Archives.