A 1973 vintage Dailuaine, bottled in the mid-1990s at 22 years old as part of the Rare Malts collection. Despite its two decades in wood it has maintained a lot of its strength, coming in at an eye watering 60.92% ABV.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. This is a bargain from the distillery that also made Loch Dhu.
A whisky from Craigellachie bottled as part of the Rare Malts series in the years shortly before UDV (the forerunner of Diageo) sold the distillery to Bacardi. Distilled in 1973 and bottled at a punch 60.2% ABV 22 years later.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. This Rosebank is even rarer by virtue of being both a Lowland malt and from a distillery that ceased production in 1993.
A 1966 vintage whisky from much-loved lost distillery Lochside, closed since 1992 and demolished in 2005. This was distilled back in 1966, the distillery's heyday, on December 15th. It was bottled from a vatting of three casks in August 1989 at 22 years old.
An Italian independent bottling of Ardbeg from their legendary vintage of 1974, widely considered to be the last vintage of old true peaty Ardbeg. The maltings at the distillery closed in this year and the malt brought in was not as peaty.
Samaroli is an Italian independent bottler, famed for the exceptional quality of their releases and for their arty, innovative labels and packaging. This Mortlach is an excellent example of the labels that Samaroli are so well known for.
A 22 year old Port Ellen whisky from a single cask which was filled in 1976. Distilled on 28th September, this whisky was bottled at cask strength by Signatory on 2nd October 1998. The distillery was one of many victims of the 1983 cull and bottlings today are amongst the most collectable in the world.
A 22 year old Brora bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. A rare one this - bottled in March 1983, the same month that production ceased for good. A bottle from one of the last casks of spirit produced at this cult Highland distillery.
A 1981 vintage Brora released by independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask strength Collection series. Distilled on December 8, it was aged in sherry butt 1561 for 22 years before 611 bottles were yielded on October 6 2004.
An incredibly rare whisky: Dunglass was an experimental peated malt made at the now-extinct Littlemill for a very short period in the 1960s. Only a tiny handful of Dunglass bottlings have ever seen the light of day, including this Signatory version for the Italian market.
The second sensational OB Port Ellen 1978, bottled around the turn of the millennium as part of the Rare Malts series. This phenomenal dram was rated at 93 points by Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun, and its popularity and acclaim led to the revivial of interest in this classic closed distillery and thus to the birth of the annual Special Releases series.