.ardbeg - 29yo - douglas laing - platinum selection

During Whisky Afloat 2014, there were those unavoidable moments amoung whisky-nerds whisky-aficionados the discussion turned to why old whiskies are supposedly better then new whiskies. Earlier in the day we have had a 1950's Johnnie Walker Red Label (awesome!) and some other elderly blends and single malts from the Bring Your Own Bottle table. At some point later in the evening, our host Bennie went away on a mission though his cabinet and came back with a bottle of Douglas Laing's Ardbeg 29 year old from their discontinued Platinum Selection. Smoothly mentioning my birthday coming up in a couple of days, 1973 being my birth-year and Ardbeg the start of my passion for whisky, he secretly filled a sample bottle and with the slight of hand of a seasoned magician, he handed it to me. On my birthday, I opened it.

.three ships - 5yo premium select

Hard to find in Europe, but we were lucky enough to receive a sample from three ships distillery manager Andy Watts. The Three Ships - 5 Year Old Premium Select whisky is an artful blend of specifically selected South African and Scotch grain and malt whiskies that have been aged for a minimum of five years.

.three ships - select

"The original pioneer of Three Ships, the "Select" was launched in 1977. It's a high-quality, smooth-tasting blend of fine grain and malt South African and Scotch whiskies that have been left to age in specially selected oak casks for a minimum of three years."


"A pioneer in its own right, Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is South Africa's first Single Grain whisky. Named after the pioneering pass builder, Andrew Geddes Bain, Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is crafted at the foot of his awe-inspiring Bainskloof Pass."

.nzwc - single cask 1990 - 23yo

The New Zealand Whisky Collection has a series of cask strength bottlings, varying in age, vintage and alcoholic strength. The only common divider they all have is that are distilled in the now closed Willowbank distillery in Dunadin, New Zealand, and they all have matured in ex-Bourbon barrels. We were lucky enough to receive a sample of the 1990 vintage, which has been bottled at a cask strength of a whopping 63.5%...

.nzwc - south island single malt - 21yo

New Zealand Whisky! Created completely from New Zealand grown barley, distilled in the Willowbank distillery in Dunedin, aged for 21 years in ex-Bourbon barrels. The distillery in Dunedin is no longer operational, but the New Zealand Whisky Collection has found and rescued the stock, for us to enjoy.

.nzwc - dunedin doublewood - 15yo

The New Zealand Whisky Collection - Doublewood aged for 15 years - Dunedin MasterBlended Whisky - DoubleWood. Quite a mouthful, and with all the spices running around on your palate, she really lives up to that, although she might have had a little more oumpf with a slightly higher abv.