At 29 years old, this is by some distance the oldest official bottling of Cragganmore that has ever come to the market. A long-time favourite here at TWE, this is also the top-ranked Cragganmore on Serge Valentin's Whiskyfun.
A historic bottling - the first ever official release of Inverleven, the Lowland distillery closed in 1991. This is one of the first releases in Chivas Brothers' Deoch an Doras series - the name (roughly pronounced 'Jock an Doris') means 'a drink at the door', the Gaelic equivalent of 'one for the road' - although why the Irish spelling of 'doras' has been used instead of the Scottish 'doruis' or 'dorus' is probably one for the marketing dept to answer.
A 1973 vintage whisky from Inverleven, a malt distillery that operated from within the Dumbarton grain distillery complex until 1991. This is part of Chivas Brothers's Deoch an Doras series, roughly translated as 'One for the road', and was bottled in 2011 at 37 years old.
A long-aged vintage Bruichladdich released in 2003 shortly after the distillery's buyout by indie bottlers Murray McDavid. This was a smallish batch of 4200 bottles vatted from bourbon casks and refill sherry hogsheads, described by Jim Murray as 'fabulously complex'.
A 1973 vintage Dailuaine, bottled in the mid-1990s at 22 years old as part of the Rare Malts collection. Despite its two decades in wood it has maintained a lot of its strength, coming in at an eye watering 60.92% ABV.
A 1973 vintage whisky from Glenglassaugh distillery. This whisky has been aged for 39 years and finished in single cask previously used for Muscat Wine. The cask itself is from the Massandra winery in Crimea, which has been producing wine for more than 110 years.
A 1979 vintage whisky from Glenglassaugh. This whisky has been aged for 39 years and spent time finishing in a barrel previously used for Aleatico wine. The influence of such a sweet wine, gives the whisky a sweet, fruity taste.
A 23 year old whisky from Glendullan bottled as part of the Rare Malts series, showcasing some of UDV's (now Diageo's) lesser known distilleries. This was distilled the year after a brand new distillery was built next to the old one, during which time both were operating simultaneously.
A single cask bottling of Tomatin, bottled at 36 years old and distilled back in 1973, the distillery's powerhouse heydays where they had stills numbering in double figures and produced one of the largest amounts of spirit in the country.