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 heavily peated 1989 vintage Isle of Jura from indie bottlers Signatory. This was distilled on 17th December and aged for 24 years in a pair of Bourbon barrels before being bottled on 7th January 2014.
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 very fancy packaging job for this limited expression of 24yo single malt from the Fettercairn distillery. Owners Whyte & Mackay clearly have confidence in the brand to be spending this sort of marketing money on a distillery many malt fans had given up on - we wish Fettercairn well with this latest rebirth.
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.
A very rare bottling of 1973 vintage Garnheath Single Grain. The distillery, which was located in the Moffat complex but closed in 1986 and was demolished in 1988. Aged for 24 years before being bottled by Signatory as part of a gift pack containing 2 glasses to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Signatory in 1998.
A 1970 vintage Dallas Dhu released by Diageo as part of their now defunct cask strength Rare Malts Series. Dallas Dhu was one of the casualties of the 1983 cull of distilleries and today is run by Historic Scotland as a museum of distillation.