A long aged single cask Caol Ila from Signatory, released as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on December 14th 1982 and bottled on October 6th 2012 after 29 years of maturation in a hogshead.
After several years of relative abundance, old Caol Ila is becoming rather thin on the ground these days as canny buyers figure out that, for all the hype around Port Ellen, this distillery frequently matches its quality for a fraction of the price. This 1982 vintage Caol Ila has come out of a plain hogshead at exactly 100 UK proof and is absolutely superb.
At 29 years old, this is by some distance the oldest official bottling of Cragganmore that has ever come to the market. A long-time favourite here at TWE, this is also the top-ranked Cragganmore on Serge Valentin's Whiskyfun.
A casualty of the last whisky bust, Glen Mhor was closed in the 1980s and finally dismantled around a quarter of a century ago in 1986 and demolished in 1988, before the site was converted into a supermarket. With most of the distillery's output in its lifetime going straight into the blenders vats, only a small number of casks have survived and it seems likely that soon Glen Mhor's spirit will have disappeared for good.
A rare official bottling from Glenturret, this is a single cask from the now much-revered 1977 vintage, released at full strength way back in October 2006 after 29 years in the wood. Just 246 bottles were yielded from the cask.
An old release of Auchentoshan whisky. This was distilled in 1973 and aged for 29 years in a Sherry Butt. The wonderfully dark colour of this whisky just goes to show how well it's been influenced by the sherry butt.
An epic Ardbeg, this is one of Douglas Laing's earlier Platinum series releases from 2004. Some old Ardbegs are sweet and fruity, but here the emphasis is very much on the smoke with the fruit and sweetness in the background. A belter.
A very special bottle of Macallan, this was distilled in 1965 and bottled in 1994 by Signatory. With an average score of 92 points from the Malt Maniacs (including 93 from Serge Valentin) this is one of the bottlings that helped establish Signatory as one of Scotland's most important independent bottlers.
A single cask bottling of Ardbeg whisky, distilled in 1972 and aged for 29 years. This whisky has undergone a finishing process of a minimum of 6 months in a sheryy cask, before being bottled at Douglas Laing's preferred strength of 50%.