A long aged single cask Caol Ila from Signatory, released as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on December 14th 1982 and bottled on November 21st 2013 after 30 years of maturation in a hogshead.
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 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 1982 vintage The Glenrothes, bottled in 1996 by the brand's owners Berry Brothers & Rudd. The Glenrothes motto is "maturity not age" and therefore they put vintages on their whiskies rather than age statements.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
This whisky was distilled in 1982 at Glenesk, just two years after the distillery changed its name from Hillside. Cadenhead's selected this cask for their Authentic Collection and after 14 years of maturation, it was bottled at Cask strength.
This is a 1982 vintage Port Ellen, bottled by McGibbon's in 2001. This was distilled just a year before the distillery, which now has a cult following, closed for good. Bottlings from Port Ellen are highly regarded and in high demand.