The highlight of 2006's super premium releases from Diageo. This was so popular that we sold through our initial allocation within weeks. This starts off as an elegent dram that builds on the palate to a powerful peaty, smoky, salty, peppery beast, it has complex coastal characters with notes of citrus and the most perfectly balanced finish.
A 1972 vintage (Royal) Lochnagar from independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Platinum Selection series. A scene of bad luck in the early days, the distillery was built in 1823, burnt down by competitors in 1826, rebuilt nearby and then burnt down again in 1841.
Seductively woody, with substantial oakiness and lush notes of sherry, Glenfiddich 30yo is an evening whisky, with sweet floral top notes and a long honeyed finish. This is the last edition of Glenfiddich 30yo before its 2010 relaunch, and it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the distillery's visitor centre in 1969.
A fabulous cask strength expression of Linlithgow aka St Magdalene, this was part of the Diageo super premium 'Special Releases' from 2004. Beautiful grassy, fruity Lowland malt whisky with real depth.
A 30 year old Port Ellen from Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range. Distilled in 1982, bottled in 2012 and released shortly after Diageo unveiled their own Port Ellen Special Release for the year. A few lucky people got to try this at The Whisky Show 2012 leading to some excellent reports.
A 30 year old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing bottled as part of their Platinum Selection series. Port Ellen closed a year after this whisky was distilled (1983) and has a cult following, making bottlings extremely sought after. Notes of toffee, spice and peat on this one.
The 6th bottling of Brora 30yrs from Diageo is another classic 1970s-style Brora, and standards are just as high as ever, with overt citrus and medicine cabinet notes. This is yet another fabulous release from this much-lamented extinct distillery, scoring 93 points from Whiskyfun's Serge Valentin.
A 1982 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottlers Wilson & Morgan. This was aged in sherry butt 2031 for 30 years old prior to bottling. Distilled the year before the distillery sadly closed for good.