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 1953 vintage Glen Grant, bottled at over 50 years old by Gordon & Macphail. This was an important year for the distillery, as they merged with Glenlivet to form the imaginatively titled Glen Grant and Glenlivet Distillers Ltd and commenced the expansion that led to the latter being the second biggest malt in the world.
A legendary Ardbeg, Kildalton was a one-off bottling (1300 bottles released in 2004) of some experimental unpeated and lightly peated whiskies made at the distillery in 1980. It is known that these experiments ran from 1979-81, but while a 1981 Kildalton mini appeared in the Ardbeg Peat Pack a few years ago the 1979 vintage has yet to see the light of day. Fingers crossed they haven't lost it or used it in any of their other bottlings.
A 1969 vintage Bowmore, bottled at 25 years old. Another superb bottling from the 1960s stocks at Bowmore (they've had a few), Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com gave this 91 points and noted it was full of tropical fruit.
A very special whisky from one of Scotland's great, closed distilleries. This 1977 vintage whisky has been specially selected for the Rare Malts range. This was bottled at cask strength after an extensive 24 years of maturation.
A 2002 distillery bottling of 1970 Bruichladdich matured for about 32 years. This has gone down as one of the best Bruichladdichs in modern memory - a 95 from Whisky Fun's Serge Valentin (and listed as his favourite expression from the distillery), a pile of superlatives in posts across the internet and a quick 'Amazing!!' when we just mentioned it on Twitter.
A very, very rare bottling of Ben Wyvis, which closed in 1976 after just 12 years of production. This is from a single cask of the 1972 vintage, bottled at full strength for the Japanese market in the late 1990s.
An incredibly rare whisky: Dunglass was an experimental peated malt made at the now-extinct Littlemill for a very short period in the 1960s. Only a tiny handful of Dunglass bottlings have ever seen the light of day, including this Signatory version for the Italian market.
A 1968 vintage Kinclaith, bottled by Gordon & Macphail. The distillery was only operational for 18 years and no official bottlings were ever released, with almost all the production going towards the Long John blend. Bottlings from the distillery are therefore very rare and in high demand.
A 25 year old bottling of Rosebank from independent bottlers Signatory. Distilled in 1967 and bottled in 1993 at cask strength. Rosebank bottlings are becoming increasingly hard to find, due to the fact the distillery closed in 1993.
A 1967 vintage whisky from Springbank distillery, specially selected by Cadenhead's for their Chairmans Stock series and bottled at its natural cask strength of 46.8% after 32 years in a sherry hogshead - this should be absolutely fantastic.
A 1967 vintage Springbank from independent bottlers Hart Brothers. This was given an impressive 91 points by Olivier Humbrecht of the Malt Maniacs, a man with an impeccable palate given he is one of less than 300 Masters of wine worldwide.
A delightful pear shaped bottle of 33 year old Springbank. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s, an interesting decade which saw the distillery closed until 1987 and peated Longrow released for the first time as an experiment.
An old bottling of Glen Scotia. Once home to a total of 28 distilleries, Glen Scotia is one of just three that survive in 2013. We estimate this was bottled in the 1960s and is presented in the classic flat bottle from that era.
An old bottling of Laphroaig 10 year old, the most richly flavoured Scotch whisky brand. Made the same way as it was when invented before the second world war by then owner Ian Hunter. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s, a period considered by many Laphraoig fans to be the best decade for bottlings.