A 1980 vintage Glen Grant 5 year old. There are many independent bottlings of Glen Grant at ages of well over 30 years, but distillery bottlings rarely get past 12 years old. This dates from a time when 5 year old bottlings were prevalent, in stark contrast to today.
Scapa 1980 is a belter of a malt from a distillery frequently overlooked in favour of its more famous Orcadian neighbour, Highland Park. Well-presented and bottled at natural cask strength for added oomph.
Only the second official bottling of whisky from closed distillery Glenugie in recent times, following the previous 32 year entry with this 1980 vintage 30 year old. The distillery closed in 1983 and has since been demolished, and bottlings in general are quite rare.
A limited edition bottling of Glenturret distilled in 1980. Bottled in 2003, the label notes the character as 'rich, oaky, nutty, sweet heather'. Glenturret official bottlings are relatively rare, as most of the production is used for the Famous Grouse blend, of which the distillery is the spiritual home. Just 290 bottles were released.
A Gordon & Macphail bottling of Caol Ila as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range, distilled in 1980, just six years after the distillery was renovated and vastly expanded. A large proportion of the Caol Ila production is used as the peated portion in Johnnie Walker products.
An old bottling of 1980 vintage Coleburn from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Old Malt Cask range. Distilled in September, it was aged for 20 years in a sherry cask before being bottled in January 2001.