A 1965 vintage Macallan from veteran independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. Bottled in 2012 at well over 45 years of age, this was aged in a first fill sherry butt. As can be seen from the producer's tasting notes below, this is a classic 1960s sherried Speyside with notes of citrus, vanilla and butter fudge.
The Ben Wyvis distillery was closed in 1976, just eleven years after it had opened as part of Whyte & Mackay's Invergordon complex. Only a handful of bottlings have ever been released, of which this is perhaps the most interesting. Having bottled what was believed to be the last casks of Ben Wyvis in 1999 under the name 'The Final Resurrection', Whyte & Mackay were somewhat taken aback to discover that one more cask did in fact exist in their warehouses.
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.
The oldest and most limited of Balblair's vintage expressions yet released, this 1965 comes from a single American oak ex-sherry butt that yielded 350 bottles at natural strength. This picked up a humonguous 96.5 points from Jim Murray, who made it Single Malt of the Year in its age category.
Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Single Malt of the Year (41 years & Over - Single Cask); 96.5 Points
This is an official bottling of Springbank from the 1965 vintage. Released as part of the much sought after and acclaimed 'Local Barley' series. The label carries a beautiful illustration of a farm and surrounding fields.
A 1965 vintage Springbank. This carries the relatively common black label with white lower band which was used at the time. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s, a decade when the distillery was closed for production.
A 1965 vintage of the extremely rare Kinclaith from independent bottlers William Cadenhead. The distillery was situated within the Strathclyde grain complex from 1957 to 1975 and no official bottlings were ever released. Almost all of the production went into the Long John range of blended whiskies and such, single malt bottlings are incredibly sought after.
A 1965 vintage official bottling of Springbank. This carries the common (for the time) black label with white lower band. This was distilled a few years after the distillery's own malting closed down for the first time.
A rare special bottling of 1965 vintage Springbank. Distilled in the year Everest, a British double-glazing and home improvement company, was founded, this was bottled in 1993 in commemoration of The Everest Challenge cycle ride.
An entry in Glenfiddich's Vintage Reserve range from 2001, chosen by a panel of experts, including the late Michael Jackson. This is different from the Vintage Reserves before it due to coming from a European oak sherry butt, rather than the usual bourbon casks.