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.
Another outstanding sherried 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.
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.
Distilled in 1978, this Brora 32 year old is the oldest yet released by Diageo, and was introduced as part of the Special Releases for 2011. A marvellously complex nose with an intricate, medium-peated palate.
Supposedly the product of a mistake when the bottling strength was reduced to 42.4% instead of 43%, this very rare Ardbeg was bottled separately from the rest of the 1999 release and sold without a box.
The 6th release of Diageo's legendary year Special Release Port Ellens. Distilled in 1978 and bottled at 27 years of age this is an increasingly rare dram as investors and drinkers fight over the remaining bottles.
The second sensational OB Port Ellen 1978, bottled around the turn of the millennium as part of the Rare Malts series. This phenomenal dram was rated at 93 points by Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun, and its popularity and acclaim led to the revivial of interest in this classic closed distillery and thus to the birth of the annual Special Releases series.
The first Port Ellen Annual Release goes for much more these days, but for many people (including at least one TWE staff member) the second release, bottled at 59.35% in 2002, remains at the top of the pile for official PE. A magnificent whisky.
An incredible 1978 Ardbeg with a fearsome reputation, bottled in 1990 by Sestante. Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun was underwhelmed and 'only' gave it 91 points - an impressive and very hard to find whisky.