A fantastic release from Hillside, aka Glenesk, as part of the Rare Malts series. Bottlings from Hillside are very hard to find in general, especially distillery bottlings such as this one, and this lives up to the rarity by also being rather good.
A much sought after early 2000s bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, distilled at now-closed cult distillery Brora. Distilled in February 1977 and bottled in October 2002 after 25 years in wood.
A 1969 vintage Bowmore, bottled at 25 years old. Another superb bottling from the 1960s stocks at Bowmore (they've had a few), Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com gave this 91 points and noted it was full of tropical fruit.
A 25 year old bottling of Rosebank from independent bottlers Signatory. Distilled in 1967 and bottled in 1993 at cask strength. Rosebank bottlings are becoming increasingly hard to find, due to the fact the distillery closed in 1993.
At 25 years old this whisky embodies the richness, depth and sweetness of all Ardbegs. Light gold in colour and powerful in character. A phenomenal, much-sought-after bottling of a really outstanding malt.
A 25 year old distillery bottling of Ben Nevis, distilled a couple of years after the death of Canadian Millionaire owner John Hobbs. From the colour on this one I'd guess that some of the whisky has seen the inside of a sherry cask...
A 1970 vintage Hillside bottled as part of the Rare Malts series. Dormant from 1899 to 1938, Glenesk reopened as a grain distillery. Converted to a malt distillery, it was renamed Hillside in 1964, then renamed back to Glenesk around 1980 before being closed for good in 1985. Bottlings from this distillery are highly sought after.
A limited edition release of 25 year old, 1966 vintage Ben Nevis. During the time the whisky was maturing, the distillery had closed and reopened twice, firstly from 1978 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1990.
A rare 1990s bottling of 1968 Glendronach 25yo, this is from the same period as the legendary Air Nippon bottlings of the same age and vintage, but is not a single cask and is therefore rather less heavy on the wallet than those exalted expressions.
A very special 25yo Glenlivet bottled for the Royal Wedding in 1981 (Charles & Di in case you missed it). They pulled out all the stops for this one - a tremendous bottling with a generous dollop of sherry in the mix.