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 1966 Lochside from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range. Formerly the site for Deuchars' Beer Brewery, Lochside opened in 1957 as a joint grain and malt distillery. Closed in 1992, official bottlings were rare and independent bottlings are therefore highly sought after.
A 1970 bottling from Glen Garioch, the same year the distillery changed hands from DCL to Morrison (now Morrison Bowmore and still the owners today). The bottle carries the traditional stag on the label.
A 1966 vintage bottling of Banff released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. This has been aged for 35 years in a single sherry cask which yielded 192 bottles.
Bottled in the mid 1990s, this 1975 Port Wood Glenmorangie 19yo is an early example of what would become one of the distillery's defining characteristics - the use of wine barrels to 'finish' the whisky's maturation. This bottling represents a small but significant piece of whisky history.
This was the first ever official bottling of 25 year-old malt from the much-mourned Brora. Bottled for the 2008 Special Releases from Diageo after a string of 30yos in previous years. Jim Murray's Scotch of the Year in its category two years running.
Whisky Bible 2011: Best Single Malt (22-27 Years); 96 Points
A 1966 vintage whisky from much-loved lost distillery Lochside, closed since 1992 and demolished in 2005. This was distilled back in 1966, the distillery's heyday, on December 15th. It was bottled from a vatting of three casks in August 1989 at 22 years old.
First released in 2013, the Dalmore 25 is matured initially in American white oak before a second maturation in a combination of Palomino Fino sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks. These are then married together in bourbon barrels before a finishing period in Tawny Port pipes.
A 1982 vintage Brora released by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. This was aged for 21 years in a sherry cask before being bottled in November 2003. The distillery closed in 1983 and bottlings are ever increasingly sought after.
A very rare bottling of 1969 Glen Esk released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their onsite maltings in the early 80s. The distillery closed in 1985, shortly after the release of this whisky, and now operates purely as a maltings.
Distilled in 1971 and matured in a small batch of exquisite Oloroso sherry casks, this 33 year-old dram appeared in 2004 and at the time was the oldest and quite possibly the best Glendronach ever released. Boasting 95/100 from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible and a Gold Medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, this is not a dram to miss.