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.
An old bottling of (Royal) Lochnagar 12 year old. The distillery lies near to Balmoral Castle and was reputedly a favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
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.
The 4th release of Lagavulin's entry in Diageo's yearly Special Releases collection - the ever reliable 12 year old. Fresher and more feisty than the 16 year old, it's both an excellent whisky in its own right as well as a way to see how Lagavulin develops over the years.
The third cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Glenlossie in Speyside. This was distilled in August 1977 and bottled 12 years later in June 1990 presumably, judging by the colour, from a sherry cask.
An old distillery bottling of Strathisla. The distillery is the spiritual home of the Chivas Regal range of blends, which is where most of its output ends up. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.