A 1973 vintage whisky from Inverleven, a malt distillery that operated from within the Dumbarton grain distillery complex until 1991. This is part of Chivas Brothers's Deoch an Doras series, roughly translated as 'One for the road', and was bottled in 2011 at 37 years old.
A 1977 vintage Benriach bottled as part of the distillery's 11th batch of single cask releases. This whisky was aged for 37 years, including an unspecified finishing period in a dark rum cask before 181 bottles were yielded in July 2014.
This is the 3rd cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from Fettercairn. They titled this one "The oldest yet", as it was their oldest bottling at the time of release. This is sweet and dry with notes of ginger and spice.
A 1966 vintage Bruichladdich released by independent bottlers Duncan Taylor as part of their Peerless series. Distilled in January, it was aged for 37 years in cask number 202 before being bottled in February 2003.
A great old single cask Bowmore, bottled at cask strength by Duncan Taylor in July 2005. Distilled back in February 1968 and matured for 37 years this is quite intense for its strength and displays some classic Bowmore fruit as well as spice.
The Ben Wyvis distillery was closed in 1976, just eleven years after it had opened as part of Whyte & Mackay's Invergordon complex. Only a handful of bottlings have ever been released, of which this is perhaps the most interesting. Having bottled what was believed to be the last casks of Ben Wyvis in 1999 under the name 'The Final Resurrection', Whyte & Mackay were somewhat taken aback to discover that one more cask did in fact exist in their warehouses.
The oldest ever release from the distillery is this 37 year old, part of the 2013 Diageo Annual Special Releases. A mix of European and American oak, it has depth and incredible intensity for so old an Islay whisky.
A very rare old bottling of 1939 Macallan, bottled when Gordon & Macphail were still the distillery's official bottlers. This was aged in sherry casks for 37 years before being bottled for the Italian market in the mid 1970s.
Another incredible 1964 vintage Bowmore this Fino cask following on from Black Bowmore and the Oddbins Oloroso cask. Here the peat is restrained and subtle, leaving the way clear for a stunning, incredibly fruity Bowmore that not everyone understood at the time of release, but which has since become a classic. There seems little chance that we will see another example of this style of Bowmore from this era again.
1964 seems to be something of a miracle vintage for Bowmore - not only did it produce Black Bowmore and the Oddbins Oloroso cask, but also this beautiful Fino sherry expression. Here the peat is restrained and subtle, leaving the way clear for a stunning, incredibly fruity Bowmore.
A very rare 1940 vintage Macallan, this whisky was first bottled in 1977 and supply has been eked out with tiny allocations in the last few years since being introduced as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.