A special bottling of Glen Ord distilled in 1969, signed by Neil McKay and dated 17th June 1993. This bottle was produced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the drum maltings at Glen Ord, which opened in 1968.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. This particular dram is all the more precious for having come from a distillery closed in 1985.
A 1969 vintage Mortlach from Italian independent bottlers Intertrade. This was distilled a year after the distillery's on-site maltings closed and can be expected to be an example of classic 1960s sherried Speyside whisky.
A Connoisseurs choice bottling of seldom seen Convalmore from Gordon & Macphail. Distilled in 1969, this was aged for 13 years putting its release date in the early 1980s, a few years before the distillery closed its doors for the last time in 1985.
An old Connoisseurs Choice release of whisky from Convalmore from Gordon & Macphail, bottled with their old map label. The distillery closed in 1985 and was repurposed in the 1990s as part of Grant's Dufftown complex, also comprising of Balvenie, Kinivie and Glenfiddich.
A very rare bottling of 1969 Glen Esk released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their onsite maltings in the early 80s. The distillery closed in 1985, shortly after the release of this whisky, and now operates purely as a maltings.
A special release of Longmorn 1969 whisky, specially selected by Signatory for their 10th Anniversary in 1998. This whisky has been matured in Oak cask for 28 years and was bottle at cask strength specifically for the occasion. The bottle comes in a wonderful presentation box, complete with two Signatory-branded tumblers.
An ambitious 40yo for the relaunched Fettercairn single malt, just 463 bottles of this have been produced. Aged in Apostoles palo cortado sherry casks, the 1969 'offers thick chunky orange rind, cinnamon and spice...crushed almonds, ginger and bitter chocolate'.
A very rare bottling of legendarily hard-to-find whisky from Kinclaith, a malt distillery incorporated into the Strathclyde complex which ran for just 18 years between 1957 and 1975, with almost all output going into the Long John blend. This 1969 cask was bottled by Signatory in 2005.
A very rare whisky from a long closed Kinclaith. Built inside the Strathclyde grain distillery complex and shut down in 1975 after less than 20 years of production and with no official releases. These 1969 bottlings may be the last whiskies that will be seen from the distillery.
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.