A bottle of Buchanan's Reserve 12 year old. The brand was created by James Buchanan in 1884, five years after he arrived in London. The aim of the whisky was to create "a blend which had the perfect balance of body and flavour". We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
Pittyvaich was one of the newest and most short lived distilleries in Scotland, only operating from 1974 until 1993. The distillery has now been demolished and this is the most easily (for now) available of the very small number of bottlings of their spirit.
This is a bottling that many fans of this underrated distillery still have a soft spot for - the unpretentious old-style Scapa 12yo: an easygoing dram, delightfully honeyed and malty. Replaced by the short-lived, unloved 14yo shortly before owners Allied sold up to Pernod Ricard.
A special bottling for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is a 12 year-old bottled at the classic Talisker strength of 45.8% and is a definite step up in depth and class from the always-terrific 10 year-old. Spicy, peppery and complex - delicious.
An old bottling of Glengoyne 12 year old, famed for their unpeated single malt. Glengoyne is always very pure in style, allowing their high-quality, easy-drinking whisky to shine in its natural state. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.
Lagavulin 12yo is always one of the most anticipated bottlings in Diageo's Special Releases. As before, this is a full strength bottling from American oak casks. Malt Maniacs Awards 2011: Best Natural Cask Award (Daily Drams)