A 1979 vintage whisky from The Glenrothes, 'checked' on August 3rd 1979, approved on October 5th 1993 and bottled in 1994. The label describes it has havind 'delicate peaty undertones', making it an interesting prospect.
A 14 year old whisky from closed Glenlochy, one of the casualties of the indsustry-wide distillery closures in 1983, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This was distilled in April 1979 and bottled in August 1993.
Mosstowie is the very rare single malt made on a Lomond still between 1964 and 1981 at the little-known Miltonduff distillery, most of whose output goes into the Ballantine's blend. This 1979 Mosstowie has been bottled by Gordon & Macphail for their Rare Old series.
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.
An old release from Berry Brothers & Rudd. This Laphroaig is a marriage of two casks which were matured for around 20 years and bottled in 1999. A seriously interesting bottle, as independent Laphroaigs from the 1970s vintages are extremely rare.
The second cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Rosebank in the Lowlands. This was distilled in September 1979 and bottled 11 years later in September 1990 presumably, judging by the colour, from a sherry cask. The distillery closed in 1993 and now enjoys a cult following.
The first ever cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Coleburn in Speyside. This was distilled in November 1979 and bottled 8 years later in September 1988. The distillery closed in 1985 and was used predominantly for blending.
A 1979 vintage whisky from the most cult of cult closed distilleries - Port Ellen. This has been bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Rare Old series and we suspect it won't hang around for too long.
A 1979 vintage Port Ellen, bottled by independent bottlers Douglas Laing in July 2000 as part of their Old Malt Cask series. The distillery was one of many victims of the cull of 1983 and has gained a cult following, with bottlings being extremely sought after.
A very rare 1979 vintage release of Port Ellen whisky. This special bottling by Douglas Laing has been matured for 24 years and was approved by Alambic Classique, Germany. Bottled at cask strength in March 2004.
An unboxed litre bottle of the first ever release of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition, now considered to be a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add rich sweetness to the already richly bodied Islay classic.
A litre bottle of the first ever edition of Lagavulin bottled under the Distiller's Edition label, which has become a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add even more richness and sweetness.
The eighth release sold out in a few days and the first edition now commands about a grand if you can find it, so this is a bargain. Classic PE kippers 'n' slippers character, with plenty of grunt from the high alcohol.