A 1981 vintage whisky from St Magdalene, aka Linlithgow, bottled by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice range in 1999. St Magdalene closed in 1983 and has since been converted into a block of flats.
A punchy yet well aged example of whisky from distillery 25, according to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's numbering scheme. This was distilled at closed Lowlander Rosebank in April 1981 and was bottled 21 years later in August 2002.
The second cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Coleburn in Speyside. This was distilled in October 1981 and bottled 8 years later in September 1990. The distillery closed in 1985 and was used predominantly for blending.
Duncan Taylor's 'Rarest of the Rare' series showcases a range of single cask, cask-strength malts from distilleries that no longer exist. This 1981 vintage Glenugie was aged for 23 years in Sherry cask 5155 before being bottled in June 2005.
A bottling of 1981 vintage Rosebank from the Rare Malts Selection, bottled at 20 years of age. In line with the range, this was bottled at natural cask strength. Bottles from Rosebank are in high demand, partly due to the fact the distillery is now closed.
A perfect example of what wood-finishing (so often reviled by some) can achieve, Glenmorangie 1981 spent the last two of its 21 years of maturation in casks formerly containing Chateau d'Yquem. A legendary 'Morangie.
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 Rosebank is even rarer by virtue of being both a Lowland malt and from a distillery that ceased production in 1993.