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 a distillery that closed in 1985.
A 25 year old whisky from long closed Glen Mhor, formerly situated by the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. This was distilled in 1963 and bottled in the late 1980s by Sestante, a few years after the distillery shut down.
A tremendous 25 year old Macallan, bottled in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask brand. Presented in a wooden box with the original style label, this was distilled in May 1988 and bottled in November 2013 from cask 13606.
One of the great Taliskers, 6000 bottles of this inaugural bottling of the now-customary Special Releases Talisker 25yo appeared in 2001. Talisker 1975 25yo picked up 90 points from whiskyfun's Serge Valentin in 2008 and remains the only officially-bottled 25yo to date with a specific vintage.
This was the first ever official bottling of 25 year-old malt from the much-mourned Brora. Bottled for the 2008 Special Releases from Diageo after a string of 30yos in previous years. Jim Murray's Scotch of the Year in its category two years running.
Whisky Bible 2011: Best Single Malt (22-27 Years); 96 Points
A 1968 vintage Bruichladdich bottled for the Stillman's Reserve range at 25 years old in the mid-1990s. 1960s vintages of Bruichladdich (particularly old official bottlings such as these) are pretty rare and this collectable bottle should be a treat for drinkers too.
A 1957 vintage Longmorn bottled by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. We imagine from the colour that this has spent its life in an ex-sherry cask, before being bottled at 25 years of age.
First released in 2013, the Dalmore 25 is matured initially in American white oak before a second maturation in a combination of Palomino Fino sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks. These are then married together in bourbon barrels before a finishing period in Tawny Port pipes.
A 25 year old bottling of Springbank, specially released to commemorate Frank McHardy's 40 years in distilling. Presented in a delightful wooden box, each of the 610 bottles is individually numbered and signed by the great man himself.
A very rare bottling of Ardbeg from the famed 1976 vintage, bottled by Italian bottlers Silver Seal around 2001 at 50%. Indie bottlings of Ardbeg from this vintage are extremely rare, so this is something of a collector's item.
Not the most expensive malt in our Luxury Collection, but this is a class act, and a benchmark malt for Longmorn, one of the very best distilleries in Speyside. Superb flavour concentration with the distillery's trademark grapefruit, boiled sweets and a hint of smoke.