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 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.
A half bottle of Talisker whisky, distilled in 1955. This was bottled in February 1995, just before reaching 40 years maturation. This single cask release has been bottled at a respectable cask strength of 52.9%.
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.
In celebration of the 2011 Royal Wedding TWE has selected a single sherry cask of Port Ellen and bottled it on 29th April - the wedding day itself. The spirit was distilled in 1982, the birth year of both bride and groom, and the year before the distillery closed. It's a big, dark cask-strength dram with rich, dry sherrywood flavours.
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.
A litre bottle of the first ever edition of Lagavulin bottled under the Distiller's Edition label, which has become a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add even more richness and sweetness.
One of the rarest single malts out there, Kinclaith distillery was only operational for 18 years, during which time no official bottlings were ever released. This is a 1967 vintage, bottled by Gordon & Macphail in the 1980s. By their nature, all bottlings of Kinclaith are highly sought after.
A very, very rare official bottling of Glenesk, the distillery also known as Hillside before 1980. This bottling is by William Sanderson & Sons, the last DCL (now Diageo) subsidiary to run the distillery before its closure in 1985. The distillery equipment was removed in 1996 and the site is now used as a maltings.