A 1978 vintage Dallas Dhu released by independent bottlers Signatory at 23 years of maturation in a single refill sherry butt in August 2001. The distillery sadly closed in 1983 and is now operated as a museum of distillation.
This whisky has been named 'Dun Eideann' after the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Distilled at Dallas Dhu in 1978 and matured for 20 years. This single cask release was bottled by Signatory and each bottle has been numbered by hand.
A 1978 vintage bottling of Glenury Royal from The Master of Malt. Distilled on 22 November, it was bottled in the same month of 1993 at 15 years of age. The distillery was one of many that sadly closed in 1983.
A 1978 vintage Glenglassaugh released as part of the distillery's range of rare cask releases. This was matured for 35 years, including a final finishing period in a madeira cask, before being bottled in 2014.
From Glenglassaugh's first batch of rare cask releases comes this 1978 vintage release. Distilled on October 6, this was aged for 35 years in wood, including an unspecified finishing period in a sherry hogshead, before being bottled in February 2014.
A 1978 vintage Benriach bottled as part of the distillery's 11th batch of single cask releases. This whisky was aged in a sherry cask before being finished in a bourbon barrel, yielding 215 bottles in July 2014.
Another outstanding sherried The Glenrothes vintage bottling, this time from 1978. Bottled in 2008, this was rated at 90.5 points in the Whisky Bible by Jim Murray, who found gooseberries, tobacco, honey, sultanas and vanilla pods amongst its many charms.
This was the 4th single cask that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from North Port (aka Brechin). The distillery closed in 1983, making bottlings highly sought after. This has notes of vanilla ice cream and tangerines.
The 2nd cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 53 (Caol Ila). Distilled in October 1978, it was aged for around 11 years before being bottled for the enjoyment of its members in October 1989.
The 5th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 53 (Caol Ila). Distilled in January 1978, it was aged for 14 years before being bottled for the enjoyment of its members in March 1992.
A very rare bottling of 1978 vintage Garnheath Single Grain, bottled by independent bottlers The Coopers Choice at 24 years of age in 2013. The distillery was situated in the Moffat complex (along with Killyloch and Glen Flagler), was closed in July 1986 and demolished in 1988.
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.