A very popular island malt from Orkney, Highland Park is smooth, smoky and heathery, with a lovely honeyed touch coming through on the finish.
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Benrinnes is another Diageo distillery of which very little is seen. Most of the malt produced at Benrinnes is used as blend fodder, so it's great to see a debut single cask bottling to sit alongside the Flora & Fauna version and 2009's acclaimed Special Release 23yo.
A very limited bottling of Yamazaki, specially produced for the 2012 Tokyo International Bar Show. Distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2012 from a single cask after 12 years hidden away in the company's Ohmi aging cellar.
A very rare distillery bottling of Glenallachie-Glenlivet whisky. This is one of the few single malt whiskies bottled by the distillery, as most of the whisky distilled ends up going into blended whisky. This single malt has been aged for 12 years and was bottled sometime in the 1980s.
An old bottling of 12 year old Cardhu. Famous for being a massive brand in Spain, with up to 75% of sales happening there, this bottle was actually bottled for the Italian market and imported by Wax & Vitale of Genova. We estimate this dates from the 1980s.
A 1977 vintage Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Deanston - the 2nd cask they released. This was distilled just 3 years after the first single malt carrying the Deanston name was released and 5 years before the distillery closed for 9 years (1982-1991).
A big bottle of Benriach 12 year old. This distillery has enjoying a continued renaissance over the last decade, since it was reopened after being sold to Intra Trading in 2004. A delightfully honeyed and fruity Speysider.
A big bottle of Glendronach 12 year old. The distillery was mothballed between 1996 to 2002 and since its reopening has experienced something of a renaissance. In 2009, the core range was relaunched and the 12 year old is now fully matured in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks to give a deliciously rich and spicy malt.
A remarkably dark 12yo Knockando 1996 bottled at full strength from a sherry cask (surely a first-fill) for the Managers' Choice series. It's fair to say that this will likely be somewhat more intense than the standard 12yo.