The Scottish Highlands are home to various distilleries making disparate styles of single malt. From the maritime malts of Oban and Pulteney to the light, citrussy Glernmorangie and the dry complexity of Glen Ord, there's something for everyone here. Read More »
A 19 year old Cadenhead's bottling of whisky from Glenugie, who closed in 1983 without any official bottlings available. Fortunately folks like Cadenhead's had been buying and casks, giving us a chance to tastes treats such as this 1959 vintage, released in November 1978.
The first entry in Diageo's Special Releases series for Brora, a mainstay since 2002. This set the high standard that the releases are now known for and is almost unanimously rated at over 90 points by the Malt Maniacs.
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.
A 1966 vintage Glenugie bottled by independent bottlers Signatory. A very rare malt, no official bottlings were ever released and independent bottlings weren't very numerous either. As the distillery closed in 1983, bottlings are becoming harder to find and are in high demand.
The oldest and most limited of Balblair's vintage expressions yet released, this 1965 comes from a single American oak ex-sherry butt that yielded 350 bottles at natural strength. This picked up a humonguous 96.5 points from Jim Murray, who made it Single Malt of the Year in its age category.
Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Single Malt of the Year (41 years & Over - Single Cask); 96.5 Points
A 1940 vintage Old Elgin vatted malt from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. "G&M" are specialists in bottling very old whiskies and whilst the age of this one is not known exactly, from the style of label, we estimate this was bottled in the 1980s.
Bottled in 2012, this 1969 vintage Balblair was aged exclusively in ex-bourbon American oak casks. A release of 999 bottles, this was produced at a time when the distillery malted its own barley on site and the stills were coal-fired.
Glen Garioch is a distillery with a comparatively low profile, and quality has varied over its lifetime under a succession of different owners - but real aficionados will tell you that the older expressions are some of the best malts in Scotland. This is a whisky with fruit and floral notes, but also, crucially, some restrained peat.
An impressive and long awaited bottling from Old Pulteney - their oldest release yet, at a hefty 40 years old. It's presented in a hefty box with a book tracing the history of the distillery and the hand blown bottle, capped with a polished stone stopper, is decorated with silver waves, blown across the glass while the metal was molten.
A rare bottling of whisky from Ben Wyvis from Signatory's extensive collection of weird and wonderful whisky. The distillery opened in 1965 and closed 12 years later, making this one of the rarest obtainable whiskies out there.
Bottled over a decade ago, this is a very special Signatory edition of Ben Wyvis, the single malt made at Whyte & Mackay's Invergordon distillery for a brief period between 1965 and 1976. Almost all Ben Wyvis went straight for blending so this is rare indeed. Just 84 sets were released, each with a miniature of the spirit included in the box.
A very rare distillery bottling of Ben Wyvis whisky. Specially bottled for Munton and Fison and distilled using only their malt. This whisky was distilled in 1972 just a few years before the distillery was closed and dismantled.