Malt whisky is the ‘original’ whisky of Scotland. Malt whisky is made only from malted barley, in two (occasionally three) copper pot stills, by a batch process. ‘Single’ malt whisky is the product of an individual distillery. Read More »
A 31 year old Bruichladdich distilled in 1970 and available, in general, only at the distillery. The Valinch whiskies are the single casks that they get visitors to hand bottle themselves when visiting and are thus rather rare. This is one of the ones from the early days of the distillery's millenial rebirth and is rather good.
A 1968 vintage Glen Garioch released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Platinum Selection series. This was aged for a total of 36 years, including a six-month finishing period in a rum cask, before being bottled at natural cask strength of 55.9% in 2004.
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.
A 1956 vintage Glenrothes bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series in, we estimate, the 1980s. Judging by the colour this is very likely to have come from a sherry cask.
An old 1972 vintage bottling of The Glenrothes from the mid-1990s with the official short description 'Rich, Spicy, Fruitiness'. That'll be sherry, then, from a period during which Glenrothes produced some of their very best whisky. These early vintage bottlings are getting pretty scarce these days.
Ta-Daa! The first publicly-available bottling of Kininvie, workhorse for the Grant's stable. You may well have had Monkey Shoulder (which has plenty of Kininvie in it), but this is the first opportunity to try it as a single malt in its own right.
This Bruichladdich Valinch is a single cask release of 1970 vintage whisky. Bottled to celebrate the first distillation of the re-opened Bruichladdich Distillery in May 2001. Bottled at cask strength and limited to just 250 bottles.
A 1962 vintage Oban from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled at a time when the distillery still had their own floor maltings, this was aged for 20 years before bottling in the early 1980s.
A 1970 vintage Bruichladdich as part of the Valinch label. This is the name given to the bottles hand bottled by distillery visitors and are rarely seen on the market. This one comes from cask 5081 and was bottled not long after the turn of the millennium.