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 »
The first Port Ellen Annual Release goes for much more these days, but for many people (including at least one TWE staff member) the second release, bottled at 59.35% in 2002, remains at the top of the pile for official PE. A magnificent whisky.
An unboxed litre bottle of the first ever release of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition, now considered to be a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add rich sweetness to the already richly bodied Islay classic.
The second sensational OB Port Ellen 1978, bottled around the turn of the millennium as part of the Rare Malts series. This phenomenal dram was rated at 93 points by Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun, and its popularity and acclaim led to the revivial of interest in this classic closed distillery and thus to the birth of the annual Special Releases series.
A very rare distillery bottling of whisky from short lived Ben Wyvis. They closed in 1977 after a mere 12 years of production and as such bottlings are rather scarce, especially as time goes by. This is a cask strength, single cask bottling released after 27 years of maturation.
A bottle of no-age-statement whisky from short-lived Lowland distillery Glen Flagler. With the distillery only operating between 1964 and 1985, and not much single malt whisky released under their own label, this is a very rare bottling.
An incredibly rare 1960s Glencadam 6yo Special Reserve in excellent condition for its age. A really beautiful bottle with a springcap, this is a fantastically well-preserved piece with a perfect level.
An old Samaroli bottling of Ardbeg 1976, bottled in 1993. Samaroli is a legendary Italian bottler and 1976 is known as one of the all-time great Ardbeg vintagese - at 17 years old and 46% this should be awesome.
A fine looking bottle of seldom seen whisky from Speyside's Strathmill, a replica of that bottled in the 1940s and emblazoned with original's price (12/6) and tax (8/5). This was bottled for Strathmill's Centenary in 1991 and was given only to staff.
A marvellous Gordon & Macphail bottling of ancient Strathisla, distilled in 1953 and bottled over 55 years later. Even better, for their most recent bottlings Gordon & Macphail have upped the strength to 43% from 40%. This should be phenomenal for lovers of the style.