That brand that Shackleton shipped to the Antartica for the Nimrod expedition in 1907, this is the Original Mackinlay. First registered in 1847, this is bottled as a 5 year old blended whisky and has a relatively high malt content for such a young blend, said to be around a third.
A heroically naff Tormore 5yo from the 1980s. The hexagonal bottle and ever-so-slightly OTT retro font and labelling take this to a level of magnificent unfashionability. You couldn't find a better gift for a postmodern whisky collector (if such a thing exists).
A 5 year old Tomatin, bottled in the 1980s, which was an interesting time for the distillery. Tomatin went into liquidation in 1985 and was the first Scotch distillery to be taken into Japanese ownership in 1986, a country where it remains one of the top ten selling Scotch brands.
A bottling of Miltonduff at 5 years old. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s for the Italian market, so would have been distilled around the time that the distillery introduced a set of Lomond stills to produce the very rare Mosstowie.
The late 2012 release under Bruichladdich's Octomore label, peated to a fairly astounding 169ppm. Expect fire from the cask strength and lots of smoke, but also some elegance hiding behind the fireworks. As ever the producer's notes (below) are well worth a read.
A 1970s bottling of 5 year old whisky from Littlemill. Claiming to be the Scotland's first whisky distillery, founded in 1772, it was located in the village of Bowling, to the west of Glasgow and closed in 1992. As with other closed distilleries, bottlings are becoming ever-rarer and more sought after.