The 3rd cask of Benromach bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This was an interesting time for the distillery. Distilled under the ownership of United Distillers (later to become Diageo), a year before the distillery was mothballed, and bottled a year after new owners Gordon & Macphail had bought it, but three years before it reopened.
A 1982 vintage whisky from Teaninich, selected as part of the prestige Directors' Cut range from Douglas Laing. Distilled in December 1982 and bottled almost exactly 30 years in December 2012 after maturing in a refill butt.
A second entry in Diageo's special releases for Auchroisk, this time the oldest bottling released to date. It's a vatting of refill European and American oak matured whisky, distilled in 1982 and bottled after 30 years.
A single cask bottling of the obscure (and long-defunct) Glen Mhor, whose original site is now famously occupied by a supermarket after the distillery was demolished in the mid-1980s. Another of Signatory's enigmatic 'Wine Treated' barrels.
A casualty of the last whisky bust, Glen Mhor was closed in the 1980s and finally dismantled around a quarter of a century ago in 1986 and demolished in 1988, before the site was converted into a supermarket. With most of the distillery's output in its lifetime going straight into the blenders vats, only a small number of casks have survived and it seems likely that soon Glen Mhor's spirit will have disappeared for good.
A 1982 vintage Glen Mhor bottled by independent bottlers Signatory at the end of 2012. This was distilled a year before the distillery closed, one of the many casualties of the cull of 1983 and bottlings are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
The 27th cask that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery no.1 (Glenfarclas). Distilled in October 1982, it was aged for eight years before being bottled in February 1991 at cask strength.
A 1982 vintage St Magdalene (aka Linlithgow) from independent bottlers Hart Brothers. This was distilled just a year before the distillery closed and bottlings from the distillery are much sought after.
A 1982 vintage Glenesk, bottled by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. Rarely seen as an independent bottling and even rarer as an official bottling, the distillery closed in 1985 and bottlings are in high demand.
A 1982 vintage Glenesk, bottled by indepcdent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series in 1995. Unfortunately, we don't get to see many releases from Glenesk, especially since it was mothballed in 1983 and later converted into private housing.
A 1982 vintage St Magdalene from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of the Rare Old series. This was distilled the year before the distillery sadly closed, and was bottled in 2013 after around three decades of maturation.
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 1983 and now sadly demolished.