An old 1972 vintage bottling of Glenrothes from the mid-1990s with the official short description 'Rich, Spicy, Fruitiness'. That'll be sherry, then, from a period during which Glenrothes produced some of their very best whisky. These early vintage bottlings are getting pretty scarce these days.
A very rare bottling of 1969 Glen Esk released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their onsite maltings in the early 80s. The distillery closed in 1985, shortly after the release of this whisky, and now operates purely as a maltings.
A very special whisky from one of Scotland's great, closed distilleries. This 1977 vintage whisky has been specially selected for the Rare Malts range. This was bottled at cask strength after an extensive 24 years of maturation.
You don't get many independent releases from Dailuaine and this one piles on the rarity by being bottled for Italian distributer Samaroli. Distilled in 1962 and released in the 1980s after 24 years in wood. Just 360 bottles were released.
The eighth release sold out in a few days and the first edition now commands about a grand if you can find it, so this is a bargain. Classic PE kippers 'n' slippers character, with plenty of grunt from the high alcohol.
The first Port Ellen Annual Release goes for much more these days, but for many people (including at least one TWE staff member) the second release, bottled at 59.35% in 2002, remains at the top of the pile for official PE. A magnificent whisky.
One of a series of staggeringly good 1966 Springbanks bottled at the beginning of the 1990s from sherry casks that have become so famous in whisky circles as to take on an almost mythic status. The label artwork for this 'West Highland Malt' was to become iconic as well, becoming known as the 'Local Barley' series. An iconic whisky.
One of a handful of pre-Local-Barley cask strength Springbanks of quite stunning intensity. Bottled at the turn of the 1990s, we believe that these heavily-sherried Springbanks rival Black Bowmore for sheer quality and flavour concentration - yet they are far rarer, being bottled from single casks. Amongst the greatest expressions ever bottled by this legendary distillery.