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A 1965 vintage Springbank from the Local Barley series. This range of bottlings is highly acclaimed and incredibly well sought after. The bottlings were produced using locally sourced ingredients, claimed to be within 8 miles of the distillery.
Over the years Springbank Local Barley has become quite the sought-after whisky, some even say that their finest whisky is amongst these bottlings. Each release is made using locally sourced materials, which Springbank claim are all from within an 8 mile radius of the distillery (except the casks of course).
A 1965 vintage official bottling of Springbank. This was released as part of the highly acclaimed and much sought after 'Local Barley' series. The label carries a lovely cartoon-type illustration of a farm and surrounding fields.
A single cask release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, this time a mere 132 bottles from a bourbon cask. We are told there are very few old casks left at Ardbeg for this kind of bottling, so this may be one of the last released on these shores.
A cask-strength release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, bottled in 2006 from a single bourbon cask. We are told there are very few old casks left at Ardbeg for this kind of bottling, so this may be one of the last released on these shores.
A legendary Longrow 1973, bottled at 50% in 1988 by Samaroli as part of their Fragments of Scotland series. This one is interesting as it's less smoky than the OB's of the same vintage (the first year that Longrow was distilled at Springbank), though it still scooped a huge 92 point score from Serge on Whiskyfun.
A beautiful (and very rare) Talisker 12 year old, bottled at 43% at some point in the 1980s before they switched to their now-habitual 45.8%. With this being a litre bottle, is it possible that this was an early foray into the duty-free market, perhaps?
A 1967 vintage official bottling of Springbank. Aged for 10 years in a sherry butt, this is an incredibly deep colour. We're not sure if this is due to a very giving cask, or due to the use of paxorette which was common at this time.
The second of Macallan's Masters of Photography series sensibly avoids the controversies of the first, with a special 20yo sherried whisky and a book of photos by Albert Watson on the journey of the sherry cask. The presentation box contains ten of these photos reproduced as special prints.
A 1966 vintage Glenugie bottled by independent bottlers Signatory. A very rare malt, no official bottlings were ever released and independent bottlings weren't very numerous either. As the distillery closed in 1983, bottlings are becoming harder to find and are in high demand.