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.
One of the first releases by Glenmorangie (who had bought the distillery in 1997), this 1978 vintage was distilled a year after Ardbeg had completely closed their on-site maltings. A sought after bottling that is hard to find nowadays.
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.
This whisky was produced at Port Ellen Distillery in 1978, just a few years before the distillery closed. After 23 years of maturation, this whisky was bottled at cask strength by independent bottlers Signatory.
A 1978 vintage Port Ellen, released by independent bottlers Signatory. Having been matured in cask number 5338 for 23 years, this was bottled just after the turn of the millennium, long after the distillery sadly closed.
A 1978 vintage Port Ellen released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Bottled for The Whisky Fair in October 2005 at 27 years of age, only 198 bottles ever existed.
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.
Please note this is limited to one bottle per customer.
A 13 year old whisky from Glenugie, closed in 1983 without any official bottlings being produced. Fortunately indies such as Cadenhead's got their hands on casks and have released bottlings such as this April 1978 distillation, bottled in March 1992 just before its 14th birthday.
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.