A 1988 vintage whisky from seldom seen Balmenach, the quiet but active backbone of Inver House's distilling operations. This was distilled on 18th October 1988, matured for 24 years in a hogshead and bottled at cask strength on April 3rd 2013.
A rare 1988 vintage Littlemill from independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Littlemill was in fact mothballed from 1984 to 1989, so we presume this came from the small amount of test distillation they would have been doing at the time to keep the equipment in working order. The distillery closed for good in 1992 and bottlings are becoming harder to find.
A heavily sherried 1988 Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Bottled at 24 years old and at cask strength of 49.8% as part of the Berry's Own Selection range. Bunnahabhains of this style are much sought after by sherry-heads - it's a big and heavy dram.
Signatory come up with the goods again, this time a 1988 vintage hogshead from the ever-reliable Highland Park. Bottled at full strength and with an enticing full gold colour, this should be excellent.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Aged in a refill sherry butt for 24 years, the angels left this one for us to enjoy, with the cask yielding 588 bottles.
A 24 year old Banff from Speyside, distilled in 1975 and bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at cask strength. By the time this was bottled, the distillery had closed, being one of many victims of the 1983 cull.
A 1975 vintage Highland whisky from Glenesk, bottled from a single cask at 24 years old by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled a decade before the distillery was closed, this was bottled in June 2000.
The 66th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 1 (Glenfarclas). Distilled in May 1972, it was aged for 24 years before being bottled for the enjoyment of its members in September 1996.
A bottle of 1981 vintage North Port (aka Brechin) from independent bottlers Duncan Taylor. This was released as part of their Rarest of the Rare series, for bottlings from now closed distilleries. North Port closed a couple of years after this was distilled, in 1983, and as such bottlings are becoming increasingly hard to find.
A special edition of Glenmorangie, bottled in 1999 ready for the millenium. It's a combination of several casks laid down in 1974 with a total outturn of just 2000 50cl bottles - a rare collector's piece, complete with wooden display case.
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 particular dram is all the more precious for having come from a distillery closed in 1985.