A full-on first-fill sherried Glenallachie bursting with spices and fruitcake but balanced with soft leather, tobacco and mocha notes, meaning it never goes over the top into cloying sweetness. Sherryheads will go weak at the knees for this one, which recently topped the overall list on whisky-distilleries.info's tasting sessions, where it earned a top score of 93 points.
A long-aged 1976 vintage from the very seldom-seen Glentauchers distillery, this was bottled from a single bourbon hogshead that yielded just 150 bottles. Glentauchers keeps less than 1% of its spirit back for bottling as single malt, with the rest going into owner Pernod Ricard's blends, particularly Ballantine's.
A 35 year old single cask whisky from the Isle of Jura, distilled in 1976 and bottled in 2012 by Berry Brothers & Rudd. This one comes from cask 888, so we suspect this may be snapped up by fans of lucky numbers...
A 1977 vintage Glen Scotia bottled by Signatory for French whisky retailer La Maison du Whisky. We've managed to grab a few bottles of this distinctively purple labelled bottle, which was distilled on September 5th 1977 and bottled shortly after its 35th birthday on September 17th 2012. This is limited to ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER.
This whisky was distilled in 1976 and has spent 35 long years aging in an oak butt. This limited release is bottled at cask strength and is said to taste of "Lashings of raisins and sultanas, dancing with spices, pineapples and cedar wood".
This cask was matured full-term in a Sandeman cream sherry butt and remains the finest expression from this distillery we have tried. Hugely impressive stuff, with complex fruitcake, leather and cognac-esque rancio characters, with a delicious sherried sweetness.
A release of 35 year old Bruichladdich by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in 1966, a few years after the distillery stopped malting its own barley and switched to buying it in from Port Ellen, and bottled just in time at a cask strength of 40.5%.
An old 1965 vintage whisky from Glen Mhor distillery. The Glen Mhor distillery was closed in 1983, approximately half way through this whisky's maturation. Bottled in 2001 at a grand 35 years old, this whisky has been released as one of Signatory's Silent Stills bottlings.
An incredible 35 year old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing, released as part of their Old & Rare Platinum Selection. One of the oldest, if not the actual oldest, Port Ellens they've ever released, distilled in August 1977 and bottled in September 2012.
A sister cask to Douglas Laing's other late 2012 Port Ellen, this has been aged for 35 years in a refill hogshead, before being released as part of the Old & Rare Platinum Selection. The spirit was distilled in August 1977 and bottled in November 2012.
A very rare bottling of legendarily hard-to-find whisky from Kinclaith, a malt distillery incorporated into the Strathclyde complex which ran for just 18 years between 1957 and 1975, with almost all output going into the Long John blend. This 1969 cask was bottled by Signatory in 2005.