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.
The 10th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from Mortlach, back in 1994. Today the majority of Mortlach's production is used as the sherried component in Johnnie Walker and there are few official bottlings.
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 1980 vintage whisky from Dallas Dhu, since closed and turned into a museum of distilling, from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled in February of that year and matured for 18 years it has kept an incredibly high strength of 65.1%, which makes one wonder at what strength it went into the cask...
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.