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Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 24
700ml 60.20%
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POA
     
I wrote about this dram in 2008, "This amazingly popular malt is now up to Batch 24. And what does it taste like? Big sweet and richly flavoured, plenty of sweet sherry oak and very creamy malt. And best of all the alcohol just gently melds into the palate. Nice one!" Actual pic shown. And look at the colour!

 
Ardbeg 17yo Old Bottling
700ml 40.00%
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$900.00
   
RARE Oh how I fondly remember this gem which was launched in 1997 just after Glenmorangie bought the distillery. Sadly it didn't last very long as it was discontinued in 2004. The original official 1999 tasting notes read, "Nose: The gentlest of peats, yet deep and confident with an enticing sweetness - a heady mixture of malt and vanillins. Vaguely salty and very complex with oak present but very much in harness. Just a hint of bourbon and even a fainter hint of tangy orange to widen the spectrum. Taste: There is a much greater presence of peat in the taster than the nose suggests. The smokiness quickly hits the palate and then tapers off. That said, the middle shows an excellent chewy malt alongside a touch of cocoa. Finish: The peat returns and guarantees and enormously long finale. The taste of the malt clings and hints of liquorice and dry toast are detected. This form of oakiness continues but never becomes sappy or too dry as the peat balances this out beautifully." Actual pic shown.

 
Ardbeg 21yo Twenty One Committee Release
700ml 46.00%
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$1250.00
   
The first age stated Ardbeg release in yonks. Released in 2016 and yes, it has a little red imprint on the back label, declaring it to be a Committee release.

   
Ardbeg Corryvreckan1st Release
700ml 57.10%
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$340.00
   
If you've missed the advertising on this new Ardbeg, then I suggest you hunt it out. Great stuff. So, another new Ardbeg, once again very limited but I do hear that it is to replace the Beist! So I wonder what's next? It comes from Ardbeg's experiments in the late 1990's and suprisngly is matured or part matured in French oak along with the usual ex Bousbon oak. Belived to be a marriage of Ardbeg's 10yo and Uigeadail.. From John Hansell, Malt Advocate, "Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit."

 
Ardbeg We've Arrived Renaissance
700ml 55.90%
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$650.00
   
The final in the lead up to Ardbeg's release later this year of their very owned distilled 10yo. Very, very impressive not only for its massive peat attack but also for its impressive mouthfeel and depth & complexity of flavour. Bottled at cask strength.

 
Bowmore 10yo The Devils Casks Release 2 First Fill Sherry Casks
700ml 56.30%
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$670.00
   
The second of the famous Bowmore series of specialist bottlings. A mix of Oloroso and PX sherry oak are used for the maturation of this fulsome dram and gently peaty dram. Only 6,000 bottles released. Pic indicative only.

 
Bowmore 15yo Mariner Screen Printed Label
700ml 43.00%
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$660.00
   
RARE The 15yo Mariner is the more intensive out of the three older Bowmores on offer. Lots of leather, iodine and peat that leaves the palate tangily dry and smokey. Long and lingering. This screen printed label version was realeased around the year 2000. Actual pic shown.

 
Bowmore Voyage Port Cask Old Bottling
700ml 56.00%
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$850.00
   
RARE Released in 2000, this Port Cask influenced Bowmore certainly caught everyone's attention at the time, as the alcohol was bright and there was unique flavour of violets. As one pundit put it in 2017, "At the beginning very intense taste of licorice lozenges with violet flavor. Fine-herb, bitter wood. Sweet honey, a pine needle infusion. Marzipan chocolate." Actual pic shown.

 
Bruichladdich 10yo Old Bottling
700ml 40.00%
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POA
     
RARE Now this is definitely old school. Pre Mark Reynier, pre all the razzmatazz that came with his reign and pre the big shutdown between 1995 and 2001. This harks back to an era where Bruichladdich was known for it's rich biscuity maltiness. Possibly from the early 1990's. Actual pic shown.

 
Bunnahabhain 12yo Old Bottling With Water Jug
700ml 40.00%
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POA
     
And older bottling of this lovely mildly peaty dram that comes with a bonus water jug! I'm guessing the early to mid 1990's? Actual pic shown.

 
Bushmills 1975 Millennium Private Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey
700ml 43.00%
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$750.00
   
RARE Distilled in 1975 for the 2000 Millennium celebrations. Originally designed as a single cask offering to some very special clients. This example comes from cask 363 for one Laurence Moffett. All American oak matured, approx 24 years old and said to taste like rich and creamy.

 
Cadenhead Original Collection Caol Ila 1989 8yo
700ml 46.00%
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$270.00
   
An older, mid 1990's bottling of the famed Islay distillery and a youngster at at that! Should be nice and smokey. One cask with an out-turn of only 348 bottles. Actual pic shown

 
Cadenhead Single Cask Dufftown 1978 37yo
700ml 47.30%
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$599.00
   
A big Diageo distillery that has recently undergone a bit of a renaissance with a number of official releases under the Singleton Of Dufftown label. But what we have here is the complete opposite to the new releases. As this dram was one of the last to use the old Dufftown floor malting, which closed in 1968 and it is so very old. Only 196 bottles released. As one retailer put it, "more vanilla and caramel but not overly sweet and edging towards a spicy nutmeg note."

   
Cadenhead Single Cask Glen Mhor 1982 34yo
700ml 50.30%
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$699.00
   
RARE Closed distillery. Another classic that has now long departed. Distilled in 1982, a year before it was closed and bottled in 2016 from an ex Bourbon cask. Out-tun was 126 bottles! Official notes read, "Biscuity notes, apple crumble, pears, old leather, woodiness, brambles and sweet jam."

 
Cadenhead Single Cask Mannochmore 1977 37yo
700ml 49.40%
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$699.00
   
Can't tell you the last time I tried a dram from this distillery? This is a big, new (1977) Diageo distillery that sits right next door to Glenlossie. Officially, only the Flaura & Fauna 12yo has ever been released on a regular basis. So a release of such an aged whisky from almost the very beginnings of the distillery is a big treat. In their words, "Honey, quite syrupy and lemony." 210 bottles bottled.

   
Cadenhead Single Cask Royal Brackla 1976 38yo
700ml 52.90%
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$599.00
   
Along with Aultmore and Craigallachie, Bacardi also own Royal Brackla. This rare indie bottling dates back to a bygone era, when all of Brackla's output went into Dewars blend. Cadenhead notes, "Soft notes of cured meats with watermelon, golden syrup, peaches and vanilla ice cream. Palate: Old school fruity whisky with a faint trace of peat. Lots of tropical fruits with smoked almonds. Finish: A soft gentle finish. Mainly syrupy fruit notes with soft dry smoke."

   
Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Keith 1973 42yo
700ml 45.80%
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$749.00
   
Wowsers! How old can a whisky get? A relatively new distillery, founded 1957, closed in 1999 and reopened in 2013! In their words as I will probably never get to try it, Herbal on the nose, more jammy fruity notes on the taste with growing spices of cloves and cinnamon. Dried bananas and lime pickle on the finish. Only 180 bottles released.

   
Cadenhead Small Batch Glenlivet (Minmore) 1973 42yo
700ml 40.20%
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$749.00
   
Imagine if this oldster was an official bottling? I suspect there would be a few extra noughts after our price! Why Minmore? It's place George Smith moved his famous distillery to in 1858 due to high demand. Getting hold of a pre- Minmore Glenlivet? Well that would be a treat. In their words, "Juicy fruits, delicate, hints of sauvignon blanc and lots of syrupy fruits." Only 630 bottles released.

 
Cawsey Menk Great Outback Superior Blend Australian Whisky
500ml 40.00%
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$450.00
   
A later version of this legendary Aussie whisky. Pic available upon request.

   
Douglas Laing XOP Port Ellen1982 33yo
700ml 55.60%
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$3400.00
   
A Port Ellen. My first for 2018. Even with the announcement of the new distillery. These older bottlings are still attracting enthusiastic attention by collectors and imbibers alike. And the style? Soft and gentle does it.

 
 
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