Douglas Laing's Platinum Selection is a range that has yet to disappoint and has thrown up some real gems recently. Many of the releases have been outstanding. Inchgower is a Diageo distillery in Speyside, and when young is usually a medium-bodied, fresh and lively style of malt.
An old 1965 vintage whisky from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This whisky has been matured for 38 years and bottled at cask strength in March 2004. The tag line for this bottle is "Almond syrup and rose petals", sounds delightful.
A very special 38yo Royal Salute from Chivas, Stone of Destiny is named after the ancient stone used for British royal coronation ceremonies for centuries, symbolizing the approval for the incoming king.
A 1966 vintage Bowmore from independent bottlers Duncan Taylor as part of their cask strength Rare Auld series in 2004. Matured for 38 years in cask number 3303, just 179 bottles were yielded. This bottling received an impressive 92 points on the Malt Maniacs monitor.
A 1964 vintage Bowmore aged for 38 years in bourbon casks. 1964 seems to have been a good year at Bowmore, as there have been a large number of very high quality releases, not least the Trilogy series. With notes of pepper, mustard and a herbaceousness, Serge Valentin awarded it a fantastic rating of 92 points.
A truly rare whisky from Bowmore's Number one Vault. Distilled in 1957 and carefully watched over by the distillery manager for 38 long years. After which, there was no option but to bottle the whisky, lest it fall below 40% ABV.