Lagavulin is probably Diageo's most highly-rated distillery, with its muscular peaty presence and flashes of honey sending most of the cognoscenti into a swoon. This 15yo from 1993 is probably the most eagerly-awaited of the Managers' Choice series, particularly as it's one of only a handful of sherried single cask Lagavulins ever released.
A 1969 vintage whisky from Dallas Dhu. This was bottled in the mid-1980s, shortly after the distillery closed down, by nearby independent bottler Gordon & Macphail. The distillery has since been reborn as a museum of distilling.
A very rare bottling from Cardhu, specially selected by the distillery manager and originally given to staff and friends of the distillery as a gift. This was released in the summer of 1989 at 15 years old and bottled at cask strength.
A very rare official bottling of Rosebank, this high-strength 15yo dates from the 1980s (when the distillery was still open) and has a wonderful old-fashioned steely austerity uncharacteristic for such a relatively easy-going spirit. Water reveals a bitter lemon and other tangy citrus notes. A classic of this 'pure' style.
A single cask 15 year old 1981 Port Ellen in the modestly-titled 'Cask Master' series by the equally-modestly-titled The Whisky Connoisseur independent bottlers. Bottled at its massive full strength of 62.6% in April 1996.
A very special bottling of Hazelwood whisky. This is the first bottling of single malt whisky from Kininvie distillery. Given to selected staff members of the distillery, it was specially selected to celebrate the 105th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts on August 13th 2006. This whisky has been matured for 15 years and bottled at 105 proof (52.5%).
An incredibly rare edition of Johnnie Walker Gold label. Just the apt number of 1992 bottles were released to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the granting of Burgh status to Kilmarnock in 1992. One of the most sought after Johnnie Walker bottlings ever released.