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Closed Distilleries

    • Nick's Import
    Caperdonich 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $699. 00 Bottle
    $8388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 48%
    Caperdonich is another distillery that many will never have heard of - and for good reason. This Speyside underdog operated between 1898 and 1902, and then again from 1965 until 2002 when it was finally dismantled. Relatively high outturns in the distillery's later years resulted in a steady flow of indie bottlings. These are now drying up. Reports have it there aren’t many barrels left at the indies (or at the brokers), so well-aged releases are now in the domain of collectors.

    ‘Caper’ now has a small but growing following. In terms of style, the whisky has sometimes been referred to as 'Glen Grant #2'. Firstly because it's a neighboring distillery, secondly because Caperdonich was originally designed to produce the same character of spirit as Glen Grant: "Light, floral, but with less of the crisp green apple seen across the road ... more soft pears, creaminess and fresh mint." Scotchwhisky.com explain, "Though this could perhaps be down to the differently shaped stills being installed during the 1967 expansion, it doesn’t fully explain why, when Glen Grant-style stills were re-installed in 1985, the two distillery characters didn’t match. It’s a subtle difference for sure, but a real one."

    Initially a duty free edition, this 25 year old bottled at 48% and non chill filtered looks to be a gem. Matured in x Bourbon barrels, expect a fruity & sweet malt with poached pear, vanilla and floral herbal notes. Very limited stocks. As the label says, 'Once gone, there will never be another.' Non chill filtered. 48% Alc./Vol.
      1982 Douglas Laing & Co. XOP Xtra Old Particular Port Ellen 33 Year Old Single Cask Limited Edition Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
      Islay, SCOTLAND
      $2999. 00 Bottle
      $35988.00 Dozen
      ABV: 55.6%
      A glorious 1982 vintage malt from the now closed distillery, Port Ellen. Distilled the year before the distillery closed its doors and bottled in August 2016 from one refill hogshead yielding 198 bottles.
      We have one only. All natural and non chill filtered.

      Notes from the bottlers... Nose - Wisps of bonfire smoke mingling with salty seaweed, smoked bacon and sweet barley. Palate - Perfectly peated and oceanic in style with BBQ'd meat, damp leather and a distinct earthiness. Finish - Lingering with charred oak, fire embers and a maritime salty tang. 55.6% Alc./Vol.

      Please note: slight cracks in the bottle's wax seal are not uncommon. This is not a packaging fault.
      • 93
        1993 Dumangin Cambus Batch 002 Single Cask 26 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
        Lowlands, SCOTLAND
        $450. 00 Bottle
        $5400.00 Dozen
        ABV: 49.9%
        One of the last whiskies Cambus produced, barrelled just a few months before the distillery closed.

        Tasting note: [15ml sample] Reticent yet fresh on the nose; balsawood, sawn pine and oak shavings... the sugars creep in with hints of honeycomb and shortbread. Compared to other Dumangin bottlings, the ratafia input feels more pronounced adding a honeyed fruit-cake quality not normally found in grains. Intense, with the vanilla core giving way to sticky date and caramel fudge. One of the weightier Cambus bottlings to date. Extremely limited. 49.9% Alc./Vol. 310 bottles produced.

        Consistently on collector's radars, Cambus continues to routinely sell out. The most significant recent release was a $1K+ 40-year-old offered by Diageo in 2016. A roller coaster history that started in the early 19th century finally came to a close in 1993 as part of Diageo’s infrastructure reorganisation. In 2011, the distilling equipment was removed and Cambus was converted to a warehouse and cooperage, consolidating nearby Carsebridge and Dundashill in Glasgow.
          1969 Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare Kinclaith Cask 301456 Cask Strength 36 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
          Lowlands, SCOTLAND
          $4690. 00 Bottle
          $56280.00 Dozen
          ABV: 50.1%
          A whisky from the Kinclaith distillery (a Lowland distillery which closed in 1975 and was dismantled in 1976/77). The last owners were Allied Distillers. This incredibly scarce Lowlander has never been officially bottled as most of its output went into parent company, Schenley International's, 'Long John' blend. Very little ever got into the hands of brokers for sale to merchant bottlers. Independent bottler, Duncan Taylor had 3 casks and today less than one cask remains.
          As the name suggests, easily one of the rarest whiskies on the planet.

          Non chill filtered. Distilled May 1969 and bottled August 2005 from cask 301456. Only 152 bottles were released. Comes handsomely presented in a timber case with bonus 50ml miniature of the same whisky and a Duncan Taylor branded tasting glass. One bottle only to sell. 50.1% Alc./Vol.
            1963 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Albyn 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
            Highlands, SCOTLAND
            $1199. 00 Bottle
            $14388.00 Dozen
            ABV: 40%
            Sadly demolished in 1983, Glen Albyn’s output was mostly sold to blenders. There were a handful of official bottlings through the 1970s, and a 26-year-old was included in Diageo’s Rare Malts collection as recently as 2001. Even more scarce have been releases from the independents. This one from Gordon & Macphail was distilled in 1963 and imported by 'Whisky Imports Wollongong" in the 1980s. One only. 40% Alc./Vol.
            • 93
            • Nick's Import
            1997 Lady of the Glen Caperdonich Single Cask #19130 22 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
            Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
            $650. 00 Bottle
            $7800.00 Dozen
            ABV: 60.5%
            Tasting note: Originating in 1898, Caperdonich was closed in 2001 and demolished in 2011, its floral and creamy distillate forever lost, so no surprise that Hannah considers his Bourbon matured bottling to be the jewel in the crown of his latest outturn. Distilled on the 27th of August 1997, somehow, this relatively old Caper' has retained an extraordinarily high ABV as well as youthful vigour that reminds you of young Glen Grant or Linkwood. The orchard fruit and gobstopper aromas come through even more on the palate where poached apple and pear flavours arrive with fizzing spices. The intensity creeps up - as does the thickness of the feel. Viscous and creamy... Sponge cake and apple mint enter at the finish. Wow - so vibrant. This delivers an unexpected hit, in the best possible way. Destined for collector's shelves. 171 bottles. 60.5% Alc./Vol.

            Notes from Gregor Hannah... On the Nose: Rum raisin fudge, stewed apricot and a honey on toast character. On the Palate: Grilled pineapple and oranges dipped in chocolate. Honeycomb and salted butter. Finish: Clean and crisp with notes of creamy vanilla, allspice and walnut loaf.
              1976 Signatory Vintage Rare Reserve Glencraig 40 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
              Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
              $2699. 00 Bottle
              $32388.00 Dozen
              ABV: 42.6%

              Not heard of Glencraig? You're not alone. Glencraig was a whisky made at Glenburgie through the 1960s and 1970s (abandoned in 1981). Produced using Lomond stills, the aim was to produce a light, fruity spirit for blends like Ballantines. Christened 'Glencraig', the newmake was distinct from Glenburgies, and gave owners, Hiram Walker another malt for its blends without having to invest in an entirely new distillery. According to Scotchwhisky.com, "Unfortunately the so-called rectifying plates in the neck of Lomond stills were notoriously hard to clean, and in 1981 they were abandoned at Glenburgie." No surprise to learn that Glencraig is now very rare liquid.

              This Signatory edition was distilled on 11th June 1976 before being aged for 40 years in a bourbon barrel. Bottled at 42.6% ABV, it must rank as one of the last surviving casks of Glencraig on the planet. 192 bottles are on offer. Says Jim Murray of a 31 year old he tasted from Cadenheads, "The feintiness shows why it was eventually done away with. But this is a malt with great distinction too."

              Meanwhile, Glenburgie continues to be operated by Chivas Brothers, its whisky still largely used for the Ballantine’s blends.
              Extremely limited stocks.

              • Nick's Import
              1974 William Grant & Sons Ladyburn 40 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Batch 2
              Lowlands, SCOTLAND
              $3999. 00 Bottle
              $47988.00 Dozen
              ABV: 41.9%
              William Grant & Sons are offering whisky lovers the opportunity to taste some of their most prized stocks. Now incredibly rare, the Ladyburn distillery was part of William Grant’s Girvan grain distilling complex in Ayrshire from 1966 to 1975 when it closed. Its four stills produced malt for the Grant’s blends and also freed up stock from Glenfiddich which at the time, was emerging as a high profile standalone brand.

              According to scotchwhisky.com, Ladyburn has only been bottled on two occasions by its owner. Independent bottlings are equally hard to find. Producing whisky for just ten years, the house style has been described as delicate with floral/lemon notes and a crisp feel. Now an investment grade oddity, we have one only to sell. Do your research and you'll find Ladyburn's of similar provenance selling for considerably more in the UK. Comes beautifully presented in solid oak presentation box. 1250 bottles released world wide. 41.9% Alc./Vol.
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                1982 Brora 34 Year Old (Special Release 2017) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                Highlands, SCOTLAND
                $2699. 00 Bottle
                $32388.00 Dozen
                ABV: 51.9%
                The reputation of Brora between 1969 and 1983 has gone from strength to strength, with sought-after bottlings now changing hands for large sums. This is 16th in the Special Releases series and was matured in refill American oak hogsheads.

                Tasting note: Bright gold. Still fresh after so much time, with a wonderfully, floral-soft bouquet exhibiting stewed pear, hints of exotic wood-smoke (cardamom, cigar box) as well as light beeswax. Exceptionally intense with a saturate of oily malt; Pear tart and waxy / oily / peppery notes flood the mouth. Some flare to this, especially at the finish, with waxy apple, cardamom and pepper warmth kicking in. Certainly no peat bomb. Not too dissimilar to recent releases, so pretty classic, but feels lighter. Still more years ahead of it. 51.9% Alc./Vol. 3000 bottles

                Other reviews… Ripe pears and vanilla on the nose; progressively more perfumed, with developing toffee notes. Slightly waxy on the palate, with fresh-squeezed lemon and sweet background smoke contrasting with spicy dark berries. Plain chocolate, sultanas, and raisins in the medium-length finish. A relatively restrained Brora.
                93 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Winter 2017)
                • 95
                  Brora 13th Release 35 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                  Highlands, SCOTLAND
                  $2500. 00 Bottle
                  $30000.00 Dozen
                  ABV: 48.6%

                  A legendary mothballed distillery now reserved for a fortunate few.

                  The distillery now known as Brora started life in 1819 when it was founded by the Marquis of Stafford, later known as the Duke of Sutherland. The distillery was originally founded as Clynelish, however during the subsequent recovery after the first world war, demand from blenders for Clynelish malt was extremely high, so to increase capacity DCL (Distillers Company Limited) built a new distillery adjacent to the existing one in 1967-68. This distillery was also called Clynelish, as the company wished to trade on the existing good name of the old distillery.

                  The original distillery ran in tandem with the new distillery under the names of Clynelish A and Clynelish B (sources disagree over which was the new distillery and which the original Clynelish) during 1968/9. Predictably, this arrangement was not to the liking of the Customs & Excise folk and the SWA due to the dissimilarity between the types of whisky being produced at the two distilleries. The original distillery was closed down in 1969 and then reopened bearing the name Brora. It then operated intermittently, producing heavily peated (around 40ppm) whisky for blending purposes.

                  The late Seventies and early Eighties saw another big slump in the industry, and with the parent company DCL needing to cut back on production, in 1983 the decision was taken to mothball Brora (along with many other distilleries, few of which have operated since). Sadly, all attempts to revive Brora have thus far met with no success.

                  Despite all this, the reputation of the malt produced at Brora between 1969 and 1983 has gone from to strength to strength, with sought-after bottlings now changing hands for large sums.

                  If there is to be no more Brora (and it now seems almost certain that there won't be) it will be a terrible shame, but there are still bottlings available. What is beyond doubt is that this will be a whisky aficionados will still be talking about decades after the last bottle is finally drunk. This official 13th Diageo bottling comes with high praise from at least one very reputable source. 2,964 bottles produced.

                  Tasting note: Deep gold. Sublime, floral aromatics; orchard fruits and beeswax seamlessly interwoven by soft puffs of sweet peat. Second pass heightens the fruity-malt aspect as the smoke retreats and also introduces sponge cake and light vanilla. Fabulous purity. Cask strength intensity, less the fire and prickle. No overbearing oak, just pristine, fresh, fruity malt - then beeswax and more beeswax, plus hints of candied peel and cocoa in the finish. Not super long and not the the peat-bomb that some might be expecting. But what it is is something quite special, regardless of its rarity and provenance. 48.6% Alc./Vol.

                  Other reviews... The 13th annual Brora release from Diageo has been aged in refill American oak and refill European oak casks, which yielded 2,964 bottles. The initial nose offers hessian and hemp, with ozone, muted peat, and tar. Fruity, fragrant aromas develop, with honey and ripe apples. Sweet and spicy on the waxy palate, with heather and ginger. Smokey and mildly medicinal. The finish dries steadily to aniseed, dark chocolate, black pepper and fruity tannins.
                  94 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith
                  • 95
                    1977 Brora 37 Year Old (Special Release 2015) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                    Highlands, SCOTLAND
                    $2399. 00 Bottle
                    $28788.00 Dozen
                    ABV: 50.4%
                    The oldest Brora bottling in the Special Release series to date. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads with 2,976 individually numbered bottles on offer.

                    Tasting note: Pale straw gold / waterlike edges. The peat plays second fiddle in a superb fruity, floral bouquet that's classic Brora: Pear / peach and vanilla feature; aeration adds white pepper, big beeswax, hints of shortbread and bounty bar. The peat is more salient on the palate; white pepper, ripe apple and pear emphasised at the finish. Fresh and more peaty in the fade. Impeccable as usual from this distillery, but one senses the oak is finally closing in. 50.4% Alc./Vol.
                      1977 Brora 38 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Special Release 2016
                      Highlands, SCOTLAND
                      $2699. 00 Bottle
                      $32388.00 Dozen
                      ABV: 48.6%
                      Since Diageo first commenced the Special releases in 2001, annual bottlings continue to thrill whisky hunters and tempt collectors. Stand out barrels are selected from the company's 28 operational single malt distilleries as well as two closed distilleries, Port Ellen and Brora. (Two grain distilleries are also in the mix).

                      If there is to be no more Brora (and it now seems almost certain that there won't be) it will be a terrible shame, but there are still bottlings trickling out. What is beyond doubt is that this will be a whisky aficionados are talking about decades after the last bottle is finally gone. The 1977 has a high standard to meet given the superb quality of previous editions. Collector's should note, it's also the oldest Brora to date released by Diageo. A massive score from Serge Valentin of www.whiskyfun.com. 2,984 bottles available worldwide.

                      Other reviews... Last year’s SR was already a 1977, and I just loved it (WF 95). 1977 and similar vintages never quite had the reputation of, say 1972, but now that quite some water has flown under the Scottish bridges, the complexity of those whiskies just stands out. Plus, it’s not impossible that Diageo have been rather picky with the casks they selected for these recent releases… Colour: refreshingly golden. Nose: oh f*** it. I almost feel like I should leave it all here, and rather taste the new Glenkinchie. This is like nosing the hot engine of an old Aston. Bakelite, castor oil, petrol, fumes, tyres… It’s not very expressive, in fact, but it’s one of the most elegant noses I’ve been given to put under my nostrils in recent months. Or perhaps years. Also love these whiffs of ‘old books under the rain’, carbon paper, manure, autumn leaves (under the rain as well), damp earth, moss… Oh and these notes of new electronics, when we used to unpack a new stereo, around 1975… And the camphor is there as well, a bit of seaweed (nori?), paraffin oil, perhaps tinned sardines… My my my! Mouth: I had thought it would have gotten a little shy – at least shier than younger expressions – but not at all, it still roars and kicks you. What’s really remarkable is how dry it is, it’s even drier than the driest manzanilla! Ashes, bitter green tea, liquorice extracts, artichokes, tar… You’d almost believe you’re eating tiger balm at times. Well, I imagine. More wax and paraffin as well, mints, perhaps a little tarragon, bitter almonds for sure… What a ride! There are even hints of very old Sauternes that’s integrally digested its sugar. Finish: long, still bone dry, with more artichoke and ashes. A sublime dryness. Comments: the opposite of all these new Kardashian whiskies that abound here and there. Philosophical whisky, perfectly blended. Same score as last year, but it needs no score, of course. It’s expensive whisky, but I find it a little depressing that the Port Ellen would be 40% more expensive! Don’t get me wrong, it’s the PE that’s too expensive, and not this Brora that’s too cheap! Anyway…
                      95 points - www.whiskyfun.com
                        Cadenhead's Single Cask North Port (Brechin) 38 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                        Highlands, SCOTLAND
                        $999. 00 Bottle
                        $11988.00 Dozen
                        ABV: 48.4%
                        Another first for our shelves, from the now demolished North Port (also known as Brechin). Brothers David, John and Alexander Guthrie, members of a local farming family, founded the North Port Distillery in 1820 under the name "Townhead". Renamed Brechin in 1823, production ceased for a period from about 1926–28, lasting until 1937 when it resumed only to be halted again at the onset of World War II due to the fuel and barley rationing instituted by the government. Production resumed in 1948 and continued until the distillery closed permanently in 1983. It was in the time when the market was suffering from over supply when around a dozen distilleries were closed. The owners sold the estate for re-development in 1990 and shortly afterwards, Safeway constructed a supermarket on the site.

                        This very rare bottling from Cadenhead's was distilled in 1977 (just six years before the closure) and bottled in 2015 after maturation in a Bourbon hogshead.
                        According to Cadenheads, "A real fruit bomb on the nose, kiwi fruits, limes, pears in syrup and melted white chocolate. Very syrupy with soft woody notes. More waxy fruit notes with dried spices and lemon sherbet."

                        Only 174 bottles released world wide. The Australian allocation is just six bottles. We have one.
                        NB: - some minor creasing to the top of the presentation carton.
                          1991 Cadenhead's 175th Anniversary Rosebank 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                          Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                          $899. 00 Bottle
                          $10788.00 Dozen
                          ABV: 50.5%
                          It doesn’t get much rarer than this. One bottle only to sell of a much anticipated Rosebank. It’s the Wm Cadenhead 175th Anniversary celebration edition, distilled 1991 and bottled in 2017 after maturation in a single ex Bourbon cask. The total outturn was just 192 bottles. A serious collector’s opportunity, and going by the tasting notes, true to the historical style – floral and elegant. Compare this to the selling price of the Flora & Fauna 12 Year Old (just one example), and this is an utterly compelling Rosebank.

                          According to the bottlers, expect aromas and flavours of strawberry jam, vanilla, satsumas and candy floss flow around the aroma, with lychee, raspberry ripple ice cream and juicy mangoes on the palate. This continues with fennel, mint leaves and faint chocolate notes, leading to white pepper, unripe bananas and vanilla.

                          Other reviews… From the Old Man Of Huy's blog, "nose: so many flowers and perfume. This smells of gentleness and distinction. Mouth: peach and buttery apricot jam, melted white chocolate. Finish: flowery and balanced, with lots of grapes and orchard fruit. Superlative. 9/10."
                            Cadenheads Small Batch Littlemill 22 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                            Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                            $299. 00 Bottle
                            $3588.00 Dozen
                            ABV: 53.7%
                            Cadenheads are responsible for this veteran cask strength release from the now-demolished Littlemill (closed 1992 / dismantled 1996), located a couple of miles from Auchentoshan. Matured in Bourbon Hogsheads, it was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014. Only 558 are available world wide.

                            Other reviews... Nose A little oily to begin with but leave for a few minutes to open up or add a small drop of water at room temperature. As it opens this becomes a classic old style Littlemill with lots of cream and lemony notes with warm buttered brown bread toast, some faint eucalyptus with hot buttered sweetcorn. Palate Much bigger than the nose suggests but very rich and fruity. Some brambles with lychees and hints of fresh basil, some spice coriander and dry vermouth. This dram coats the whole palate with an abundance of flavours. Finish The finish goes on and on delivering more of the nose and palate with the rich oily feel and some waxy fruitiness. Quite remarkable that this is a lowland it's feeling much bigger than that. - Cadenheads.
                              Cadenheads Small Batch Caperdonich 35 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                              Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                              $499. 00 Bottle
                              $5988.00 Dozen
                              ABV: 50.2%
                              Writing about Caperdonich in his Whisky Bible, Jim Murray comments “A distillery that can’t live day to day because the general spirit is so average, can, in the right conditions, offer one of the greatest whisky experiences on Earth. Such is the beauty – and tragedy – of whisky.”

                              The Caperdonich Distillery which sits adjacent to Glen Grant Distillery in Morayshire, Speyside, shares a chequered history with many other distilleries in Scotland. It was built in the 1890's to capitalise on the whisky sales boom of the era, only to be forced into bankruptcy following the collapse of Scotland’s largest whisky buyer, Pattison Elder and Co, soon after. Caperdonich remained silent until the mid 1960's when it was purchased by Glenlivet Distillers and began producing whiskies destined for blends. In 1977 the distillery was taken over by Seagram’s and continued to produce for blends, mainly Chivas Regal. It was finally closed in 2002 following the purchase of Seagram’s by Pernod Ricard. The distillery never actually bottled whisky under it’s own label, however, rare single casks have been purchased then released by several independent bottlers.

                              Product from this distillery is always hard to come by. This 24 year old release from independent bottlers, Cadenheads, represents a genuine opportunity for collectors. Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013 and matured in a sherry butt. Only 516 bottles were produced.

                              No tasting notes available.
                                1977 Cadenheads 175th Anniversary Caperdonich 39 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                $999. 00 Bottle
                                $11988.00 Dozen
                                ABV: 50.4%
                                Wow! An amazing price for such an ancient whisky from this now demolished distillery. Being fully sherry matured certainly caught our attention. One butt yielded 462 bottles at 50.4% Alc./Vol. If it seems like a crazy price for a malt with these credentials, it probably is. Less than a handful available with several already pre-sold. A genuine collector's opportunity.

                                Cadenheads describe it as "...thick & chewy sherry with toffee, raisin butter, brown sugar and coffee creams".

                                Writing about Caperdonich in his Whisky Bible, Jim Murray comments “A distillery that can’t live day to day because the general spirit is so average, can, in the right conditions, offer one of the greatest whisky experiences on Earth. Such is the beauty – and tragedy – of whisky.”

                                The Caperdonich Distillery which sits adjacent to Glen Grant Distillery in Morayshire, Speyside, shares a chequered history with many other distilleries in Scotland. It was built in the 1890's to capitalise on the whisky sales boom of the era, only to be forced into bankruptcy following the collapse of Scotland’s largest whisky buyer, Pattison Elder and Co, soon after. Caperdonich remained silent until the mid 1960's when it was purchased by Glenlivet Distillers and began producing whiskies destined for blends. In 1977 the distillery was taken over by Seagram’s and continued to produce for blends, mainly Chivas Regal. It was finally closed in 2002 following the purchase of Seagram’s by Pernod Ricard. The distillery never actually bottled whisky under it’s own label, however, rare single casks have been purchased then released by several independent bottlers.

                                  1980 Cadenheads Rosebank 11 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                  Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                  $799. 00 Bottle
                                  $9588.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 60.1%
                                  The Rosebank distillery is settled on the banks of the Forth-Clyde canal near Falkirk and has been mothballed since 1993. Considered as the Queen of all Lowland malts by some specialists, Rosebank is still available as a cask strength release in the 'Rare Malts' collection and independent bottlers have put several versions on the market.

                                  This is an extremely rare natural strength 11 year old expression, distilled in July 1980 and bottled by reputable independent bottlers, Cadenheads in March 1992. 60.1% Alc./Vol.

                                  No tasting notes available.
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                                  • Nick's Import
                                  1975 Cambus 40 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Special Release 2016
                                  Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                  $1299. 00 Bottle
                                  $15588.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 52.7%
                                  From a closed distillery, this investment-grade grain was one of the highest rated whiskies in Jim Murray's 2020 Bible. "Flawless." 97 points - Jim Murray

                                  Cambus has been marketed at various ages, as well as a no-age-statement. Now a grandfather 40-year-old is on offer as part of Diageo’s 2016 Special Releases. It's also the oldest whisky in this year's collection and only the third time a grain whisky has featured since the Special release programme commenced in 2001.

                                  A roller coaster history that started in the early 19th century finally came to a close in 1993 as part of Diageo’s infrastructure reorganisation. In 2011, the distilling equipment was removed and Cambus was converted to a warehouse and cooperage, consolidating nearby Carsebridge and Dundashill in Glasgow.

                                  In Scotland, grain whiskies can be produced from almost any type of grain, however, the most common examples employ wheat, corn and a little malted barley. Column stills replace copper pot stills, the former resulting in a light, clean and fruity spirit, mostly used to stretch out blends. Not surprisingly, single grains are maligned by malt snobs yet this underdog category has its place. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads, just 1,812 bottles of this extraordinary dram have been produced. One for collectors, whisky nerds and completionists, it also comes with a glowing review from Serge Valentin below. Stocks are extremely limited.

                                  Other reviews... One of the old closed grain distilleries, Cambus stopped working in 1993. The bottle is superb, I have to admit. Colour: gold. Nose: medicinal alcohol on croissants and coconut cake, plus a lot of custard and herbal tea. Dog roses, perhaps? Notes of mirabelle pie. A rather elegant grain whisky, I especially enjoy all this white chocolate that comes through after two minutes. With water: toasts and marmalade, in all softness. Mouth (neat): really very good (yes, S. speaking), full of mangos and papayas, plus plums and hay jelly. Hay jelly’s excellent, try that on foie gras! What’s really excellent as well is that it’s not too dominated by vanilla and coconut. Well it’s not dominated at all. Great surprise. With water: a little grenadine, rhubarb, and more rhubarb. Rhubarb pie with a little cinnamon, and drizzles of lime juice. Perhaps wacky guavas too. Finish: medium, clean, limy, soft, with a little lavender (sweets) and violet drops. Comments: seriously, this is an excellent surprise, on second thought there are even nods to high-end tequilas. Now could grain whisky, even when old, be worth £750, I don’t quite know, but what’s sure is that I like this Cambus just as much as last year’s Caledonian.
                                  89 points - www.whiskyfun.com
                                  • Nick's Import
                                  Caperdonich 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                  Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                  $350. 00 Bottle
                                  $4200.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 48%
                                  Caperdonich is another distillery that many will never have heard of - and for good reason. This Speyside underdog operated between 1898 and 1902, and then again from 1965 until 2002 when it was finally dismantled. Relatively high outturns in the distillery's later years resulted in a steady flow of indie bottlings. These are now drying up. Reports have it there aren’t many barrels left at the indies (or at the brokers), so well-aged releases are now in the domain of collectors.

                                  ‘Caper’ now has a small but growing following. In terms of style, the whisky has sometimes been referred to as 'Glen Grant #2'. Firstly because it's a neighboring distillery, secondly because Caperdonich was originally designed to produce the same character of spirit as Glen Grant: "Light, floral, but with less of the crisp green apple seen across the road ... more soft pears, creaminess and fresh mint." Scotchwhisky.com explain, "Though this could perhaps be down to the differently shaped stills being installed during the 1967 expansion, it doesn’t fully explain why, when Glen Grant-style stills were re-installed in 1985, the two distillery characters didn’t match. It’s a subtle difference for sure, but a real one."

                                  Initially a duty free edition, this 21 Year Old bottled at 48% and non chill filtered looks to be a gem. Matured in x Bourbon barrels, expect a fruity & sweet malt with poached pear, vanilla and floral herbal notes. Very limited stocks. As the label says, 'Once gone, there will never be another.'
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                                    1984 Convalmore 32 Year Old (Special Release 2017) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                    $1099. 00 Bottle
                                    $13188.00 Dozen
                                    ABV: 48.2%
                                    Whisky history up for grabs.

                                    Another closed distillery and another Diageo dark horse dedicated to providing malt for blends, so rarely found. Convalmore was mothballed in 1985 with ownership transferred to William Grant & Sons in 1990. The new owners turned the building into a maturation facility for Glenfiddich and Balvenie and removed the distillation equipment, hence, it's almost certain this distillery will never produce whisky again. The house style has been compared to Clynelish at its best, with an accent on waxy fruitiness.

                                    Tasting note: Drawn from refill American oak hogsheads. Bright gold. Oak shavings in the initial pass then fluffy-soft, semi-sweet aromas evocative of apple cinnamon yogurt, pear flan and honey. A pure, silky, gently warming delivery with perfectly rounded fruity, succulent malt and a freshness that belies its age. Finish melts in your mouth, as does the beeswax and sweet oak aftertaste. Sublime texture rather than complexity wins out here. 48.2% Alc./Vol. 3,972 bottles.

                                    Other reviews… Distilled in 1984, just a few months before the distillery closed, this was aged in refill American oak hogsheads. A whiff of early earthiness gives way to pear drops, honey, vanilla, and resin on the nose. Pears, pineapple, caramel, and vanilla on the slightly waxy, spicy palate. Slowly drying in the medium-length finish, with peppery licorice and a hint of char.
                                    88 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Winter 2017)
                                      2009 Cooper's Choice Port Dundas 10 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                      Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                      $140. 00 Bottle
                                      $1680.00 Dozen
                                      ABV: 60.5%

                                      Normally Port Dundas comes to market at 20 years plus. Young but very, very affordable, this is another opportunity to experience Port Dundas on a limited budget. Although it closed its doors in 2010, indies continue to release glimpses into the glorious past of one of Scotland’s most respected and historic grain distilleries. The last time we tasted one at twelve years of age, it was a fabulous cask strength bottling from 'North Star'. This Cooper's Choice edition comes with a Caribbean twist: initially matured in Bourbon barrels, it was finished in a Martinique Rum Cask before bottling at a whopping 60.5%. The fruitiness of the rum should really complement the distillery style here. 300 bottles from the out-turn, also one of the last distillates Port Dundas turned out before closing for good. Non chill filtered.

                                      Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Fresh and vibrant. Vanilla and coconut with exotic fruits. Palate: Almonds and citrus. Overripe bananas with more vanilla and spice.

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                                        1991 Cooper's Choice Cambus 29 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                        Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                        $240. 00 Bottle
                                        $2880.00 Dozen
                                        ABV: 46.2%

                                        Tasting note: [20ml sample] Distilled at the now closed Lowland grain distillery in 1991, this spent most of its life in an x Bourbon barrel before being finished in an Italian Amarone red wine cask. Patience reveals the full breadth of the bouquet, with an accent on vanilla wafer biscuits; later hints of dried cranberries. Melts like barley sugar in the mouth with caramel, oak spices and sticky date in tow. Feels slightly restrained for Cambus. Arguable if the finishing was for better or worse. 336 bottles from the outturn. 46.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

                                        Notes from the bottler... "Nose: Big and bold with cherry liqueur, coconut and brown sugar. Palate: Tropical fruits and bourbon. Coconut with subtle notes of figs and dark chocolate."

                                          1974 Douglas Laing & Co. XOP Xtra Old Particular Garnheath 47 Year Old Single Cask Limited Release Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                          Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                          $899. 00 Bottle
                                          $10788.00 Dozen
                                          ABV: 44.5%

                                          Garnheath is one of a number of distillieries that were commissioned in the 1960s, aimed at producing both malt and grain distillates, as it was seen as a cost-effective way for blenders to secure stocks for their own brands. Only seasoned whisky enthusiasts will be aware of the Garnheath project, which ceased production in 1986 after commencing in 1964. What remains are its warehousing, blending and office facilities as part of Inver House’s headquarters in Airdrie.

                                          Although undeniably obscure, this is also uber rare and highly collectible. We have one bottle only from the early days of Garnheath. Laings notes are as follows: "The nose delivers an incredible vanilla sweetness immediately followed by wood shavings and boiled sweets, the palate burst with fresh fruit salad, pineapple chunks in syrup and a honey'd cereal style. The lingering finish reveals sugar-coated raspberries with vanilla cream, oat biscuits and charred oak". 44.5% Alc./Vol. From a cask of only 124 bottles.

                                            1983 Douglas Laing & Co. The Old Malt Cask 50° Port Ellen 22 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                            Islay, SCOTLAND
                                            $1299. 00 Bottle
                                            $15588.00 Dozen
                                            ABV: 50%
                                            A very curious Port Ellen from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in 1983 and bottled in 2006 from one refill butt yielding 660 bottles, this seems quite reasonably priced for a PE of its age.

                                            Non chill filtered. 50% Alc./Vol.

                                            No tasting notes available. One bottle only, supplied without gift box.
                                              1982 Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare Linlithgow (St. Magdalene) Cask 2214 Cask Strength 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                              Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                              $1499. 00 Bottle
                                              $17988.00 Dozen
                                              ABV: 63.5%
                                              The label isn't lying - this is one incredibly rare whisky. Apart from Diageo's releases through the 1990s and just two official bottlings that we're aware of, Linlithgows are few and far between. Duncan Taylor's was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2004 from cask number 2214. Non chill filtered. One only.

                                              Other reviews... Spicy and botanical on the nose, with notes of ginger, juniper, lemon grass, orange, and grapefruit rind. Similar followthrough on the palate, with added notes of vanilla, honeyed malt, and hay. Gentle, dried herb and spice finish. Certainly some interesting -- perhaps even peculiar -- flavours from this product of the demolished Lowland distillery.
                                              83 points - whiskyadvocate.com

                                              Named after the town where it was located, the now demolished Linlithgow (a.k.a. St. Magdalene) is one of the mythical Lowland distilleries, along with Rosebank, for which senior malt enthusiasts feel an acute sense of loss. Amongst the oldest distilleries in Scotland, it was established at least by 1798 (and possibly as early as 1765). During its early life it was known as Linlithgow. It was moved to its final location in 1834, to be close to the Union Canal. Before the distillery existed, the site was home to a leper colony, convent, and hospital at various points in time between the 12th and 18th-centuries. The distillery took its name from St. Magdalene's Hospital, a lazar house which once stood upon the site. The vast majority of the output was devoted to blends. Then, partly as a consequence of the big whisky slump in the 1970’s and 1980s, it ceased production and finally closed in 1983. Some of the buildings were converted into apartments, but the distinctive pagoda roofs are still present.
                                                1981 Gordon & Macphail Private Collection Dallas Dhu 38 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                $2699. 00 Bottle
                                                $32388.00 Dozen
                                                ABV: 60.1%

                                                Very, very rare. In fact, only the third ever Dalls Dhu to land on our shelves. Laid down at the now-silent distillery on the 17th December 1981, drawn from refill American hogshead #1162 at a natural cask strength 60.1% ABV, and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Private Collection, this is one of just 184 sought-after bottles that comes housed in a fine ribbed decanter with beautiful oak presentation case. Highly collectable. One only available.

                                                Notes from the bottlers... Colour: Mahogony. Aroma: Honey and tropical fruit alongside grapefruit zest, violet and lime. Taste: Smooth and sweet flavours of vanilla with cracked black pepper, fresh chillies, roasted nuts and ripe apples. Finish: Medium and slightly drying finish with lingering herbal notes and oak

                                                Originally named "Dallasmore", the Dallas Dhu distillery was built in 1898 by Alexander Edward of the Sanquhar estate outside Forres. It featured a pagoda roof designed by Scottish architect Charles C. Doig. When ownership of the distillery changed to Wright & Greig Ltd. in 1899, it was renamed to "Dallas Dhu". Production began on May 29, 1899, and the first cask was filled on June 3. Economic pressure and an unreliable water supply forced Dallas Dhu to close in 1983, and its distilling license was withdrawn in 1992. The last barrel was filled on March 16, 1983, although the buildings were re-opened to the public in 1988 under Scotland's Historic Buildings and Monument Directorate. Historic Scotland has operated the property since its establishment in 1992. Dallas Dhu has been bottled several times by former owners, however these are hard to procure. This is sought after collector territory for those wanting to secure a colourful piece of Scotch whisky history. 

                                                  1991 Gordon & Macphail Rare Old Littlemill 24 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                  Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                  $799. 00 Bottle
                                                  $9588.00 Dozen
                                                  ABV: 46%
                                                  A rare Lowland dram. Founded in 1772, the distillery was located a couple of miles from Auchentoshan and closed in 1992. It was subsequently dismantled. Gordon & Macphail matured this relic of liquid history in refill bourbon and American oak casks before bottling it in 2015 as part of their 'Rare Old' collection. Less than a handful available.

                                                  Notes from the bottlers... Aroma: Vanilla with juicy apricot, peach, and blanched almond aromas. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg spices mingle with cocoa powder and summer berry notes. Taste: A buttery mouth coating, initially sweet with hints of white pepper. Pressed apple, orange, and kiwi flavours are complemented by heather honey. Finish: Medium with lingering tropical fruit flavours. 46% Alc./Vol.
                                                    1985 Gordon & Macphail Private Collection Inverleven 33 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                    Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                    $2199. 00 Bottle
                                                    $26388.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 57.4%
                                                    Hidden within the Gordon & MacPhail liquid archives are some truly remarkable casks that qualify for release under G&M's 'Private Collection' label. These casks are bottled at natural strength and specifically chosen by the directors, including third and fourth generations of the Urquhart family. As of 2018, the packaging for the Private Collection takes a major leap forward: Heavyweight, ridged decanter-style bottles come presented in stunning 'parquetry' veneer timber boxes. The completed package looks like something you'd discover in a millionaire's liquor cabinet from the 19th century.

                                                    A recent release is this 33 year old gem from the long-lost Inverleven distillery. Filled into a refill Bourbon barrel for Gordon & MacPhail in 1985 (six years before the distillery was mothballed) and limited to just 130 bottles globally, it's been summed up as intense with tropical fruit aromas on the nose and sweet flambéed banana on the palate. (Full notes below).

                                                    Also known as Dumbarton, Inverleven was built in 1938, just south of the Highlands border near Glasgow. Classified as a lowlander by Michael Jackson, production was predominantly set aside for the Ballantine's blends. There have been few outings as a single malt. Most recently a 36 year old was released by Chivas under the Deoch dan Doras label (94.5 points from Jim Murray). A smattering of indie bottlings exist, although stocks remain undeniably rare. Several of Inverleven's old pot stills were subsequently sold onto Bruichladdich.

                                                    Other reviews... BTW, remember Inverleven was a distillery that was embedded in Ballantine's huge Dumbarton complex and was closed in 1991. The stills are now at Mark Reynier's Waterford Distillery in Ireland. Colour: straw. Nose: balms, hand creams, marzipan, ointments, citrons, verbena, a drop of miso soup, smoked salmon and dill, then more tropical fruits, rather guavas and papayas than mangos. A few drops of yellow Chartreuse this time (the easier one). With water: cumin bread, poppy seeds, fermenting plums (have some in the garage, will distil before this month is over). Mouth (neat): but this was distilled last year! Intense lemony arrival, with a few fermentary touches (yoghurt, sourdough), then a grassy hotchpotch that would include agave, grass, and green tea. Fresh banana bread. With water: opens up like a flower, getting exactly tropical, with a style that is close to that of the fruitiest Littlemills indeed. Melon skin, mangos, tangerines, maracujas... Finish: medium, with the same tropical/citrusy notes. Comments: loves water. I think many are really starting to regret these fruity Lowlanders these days, Rosebank, Littlemill, Inverleven... No, St. Magdalene is a whole different story - and style.
                                                    88 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com

                                                    Notes from the bottler... Colour: Dark gold. Aroma: Intense tropical fruit aromas to begin – cooked pineapple, honeydew melon, coconut cream, and little burst of sharp yet sweet lime. A sweet creaminess continues with notes of vanilla ice-cream, sugared red apples, apricot jam, and white chocolate. Hints of overripe cherry and almond marzipan develop into flowering gorse. Taste: Creamy and mouth-coating; warming white pepper notes transform into sweet flambéed banana, madagascan vanilla pod, and salted toffee. subtle spicy undertones remain as toasted malt comes to the fore; a drying cocoa and charred oak edge develops. Finish: A long and lingering charred oak finish with a subtle floral edge. 57.4% Alc./Vol.
                                                      1978 Gordon & Macphail Glen Mhor Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                                      Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                      $699. 00 Bottle
                                                      $8388.00 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 65.3%
                                                      Built in 1892 by John Birnie, Glen Mhor (pronounced 'Glen Vawr' and meaning 'Great Glen') was the sister distillery to Glen Albyn for a time. Although Glen Albyn was over 50 years older, Glen Mhor was considered to produce the better whisky and its quality won over many fans including Neil Gunn, the famous author who was stationed there as an excise man in the 1920's. He wrote the book "Whisky and Scotland" in the 1930's and described Glen Mhor with enthusiasm.

                                                      In 1972, William Birnie (the son of John Birnie, then 80 years old) sold Glen Mhor and Glen Albyn to DCL. The distillery was finally closed along with Glen Albyn in 1983 when United Distillers wound up many of their small operations. Finally it was demolished in 1986. A Co-op store now exists where the Glen Mhor distillery used to be.

                                                      There will be obvious collector appeal to this cask strength release from reputable independent bottlers, Gordon & Macphail. One bottle only to sell.

                                                      No tasting notes available.
                                                        1982 Gordon & Macphail Rare Old Brora Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                        Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                        $1200. 00 Bottle
                                                        $14400.00 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 46%

                                                        A legendary mothballed distillery now reserved for a fortunate few.

                                                        The distillery now known as Brora started life in 1819 when it was founded by the Marquis of Stafford, later known as the Duke of Sutherland. The distillery was originally founded as Clynelish, however during the subsequent recovery after the first world war, demand from blenders for Clynelish malt was extremely high, so to increase capacity DCL (Distillers Company Limited) built a new distillery adjacent to the existing one in 1967-68. This distillery was also called Clynelish, as the company wished to trade on the existing good name of the old distillery.

                                                        The original distillery ran in tandem with the new distillery under the names of Clynelish A and Clynelish B (sources disagree over which was the new distillery and which the original Clynelish) during 1968/9. Predictably, this arrangement was not to the liking of the Customs & Excise folk and the SWA due to the dissimilarity between the types of whisky being produced at the two distilleries. The original distillery was closed down in 1969 and then reopened bearing the name Brora. It then operated intermittently, producing heavily peated (around 40ppm) whisky for blending purposes.

                                                        The late Seventies and early Eighties saw another big slump in the industry, and with the parent company DCL needing to cut back on production, in 1983 the decision was taken to mothball Brora (along with many other distilleries, few of which have operated since). Sadly, all attempts to revive Brora have thus far met with no success.

                                                        Despite all this, the reputation of the malt produced at Brora between 1969 and 1983 has gone from to strength to strength, with sought-after bottlings now changing hands for large sums.

                                                        If there is to be no more Brora (and it now seems almost certain that there won't be) it will be a terrible shame, but there are still bottlings available. What is beyond doubt is that this will be a whisky aficionados will still be talking about decades after the last bottle has been enjoyed. This 1982 distillation from Gordon and Macphail was bottled in 2015 under its Rare Old series. Only a handful of bottles were imported into Australia. We have one to sell. 46% Alc./Vol.

                                                          1981 Gordon & Macphail Rare Old Lochside 34 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                          Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                          $1499. 00 Bottle
                                                          $17988.00 Dozen
                                                          ABV: 46%

                                                          Part of independent bottlers, "Gordon & Macphail's" Rare Old Collection, this Lochside was distilled in 1981 and drawn from a refill / remade Sherry hogshead in 2015. Expect fragrant passion fruit flavours, hints of raspberry and black currant mingling with chocolate and a smooth fruity edge.

                                                          Lochside began life as a brewery in the 1890s. After closing in the 1950s the site was bought by Joseph Hobbs, who also ran the Ben Nevis Distillery and later converted it into Lochside Distillery. The new operation contained 4 pot stills and a 21 metre high Coffey Still making it one of a handful of distilleries producing both malt and grain whisky.

                                                          Following the death of Hobbs, his son ran the distillery until it was acquired by Destilerias y Crianza, of Madrid, in 1973 with an aim to produce Scotch Malt to blend with their own Spanish spirit. Lochside finally fell victim to the drinks industry over-production problems of the early 1990s. Pernod Ricard acquired, then closed Lochside in 1992 with the buildings being demolished in 2004-5 to make way for a housing development.

                                                          We have 1 bottle only of Lot No. RO/15/10.

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                                                            1979 Gordon & Macphail Rare Vintage Dallas Dhu 33 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                            Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                            $550. 00 Bottle
                                                            $6600.00 Dozen
                                                            ABV: 43%

                                                            If you've never tried this elusive malt - here is the perfect opportunity.

                                                            Originally named "Dallasmore", the Dallas Dhu distillery was built in 1898 by Alexander Edward of the Sanquhar estate outside Forres. It featured a pagoda roof designed by Scottish architect Charles C. Doig. When ownership of the distillery changed to Wright & Greig Ltd. in 1899, it was renamed to "Dallas Dhu". Production began on May 29, 1899, and the first cask was filled on June 3.

                                                            Economic pressure and an unreliable water supply forced Dallas Dhu to close in 1983, and its distilling license was withdrawn in 1992. The last barrel was filled on March 16, 1983, although the buildings were re-opened to the public in 1988 under Scotland's Historic Buildings and Monument Directorate. Historic Scotland has operated the property since its establishment in 1992.

                                                            Dallas Dhu has been bottled several times by former owners, however these are hard to procure. This is sought after collector territory for those wanting to secure a colourful piece of Scotch whisky history, and a terrific dram to boot, as testified by Jim Murray's recent review. Distilled 1979. Bottled 2012.

                                                            Tasting note: Pale gold. Attractive citrus and fruit cake like sniffs with sprinklings of sweet spice - cinnamon and clove in particular - then rich vanilla enters. The squeaky clean, semi sweet profile is breakfast bar like (fruit, cereal and honey) with a slather of creamy peat and warm spices finishing fresh and with outstanding length. Nutty, oily, peaty aftertaste. If you've never tried this elusive malt - here is the perfect opportunity. 43% Alc./Vol.

                                                            Other reviews... ...marginally earthy but probably only there for the fruit and nuts to grow in: green banana and toasted yam lead, pecan pie follows behind; t23.5 how can barley melt in the mouth after 32 years? It defies logic and description. What makes it work so well, is that the base and baritone sugars from the oak never for a moment attempt to drown the tenor from the grist. Often that is the key to a whisky’s success and here it is demonstrated perfectly: it means the complexity levels remain high at all times and the depth of oak controlled; f23.5 long, with the vanilla enjoying a nutty depth, moving into a more deliciously praline oiliness. The tannins are firm enough to remind us that 1979 was a long time ago now but not a single hint of oaky degradation. Clear, confident, strident notes from first to last; b24 good ol’ Gordon and MacPhail! I can hardly recall the last time a bottling from this distillery popped along – depressing to think I am old enough to remember when they were so relatively common they were being sold on special offer…!! It was always a class act; it’s closure an act of whisky vandalism, whether it be preserved as a museum or not. This, even after all these years, shows the extraordinary quality we are missing day in, day out. 43% 94.5 points. - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013

                                                              1965 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur's Choice St. Magdalene Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                              Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                              $999. 00 Bottle
                                                              $11988.00 Dozen
                                                              ABV: 40%
                                                              St. Magdalene Distillery (now demolished) is one of the mythical Lowland distilleries, along with Rosebank, for which senior malt enthusiasts feel an acute sense of loss. Amongst the oldest distilleries in Scotland, it was established at least by 1798 (and possibly as early as 1765). During its early life, it was known as "Linlithgow" after the town in which it was built, and some Independent bottlings have been labelled as such. It was moved to its final location in 1834, to be close to the Union Canal. Before the distillery existed, the site was home to a leper colony, convent, and hospital at various points in time between the 12th and 18th-centuries. The distillery took its name from St. Magdalene's Hospital, a lazar house which once stood upon the site.

                                                              The vast majority of the output of the Saint Magdalene / Linlithgow distillery was devoted to blends. Then, partly as a consequence of the big whisky slump in the 1970’s and 1980s, it ceased production and finally closed in 1983. Some of the buildings were converted into apartments, but the distinctive pagoda roofs are still present.

                                                              This ultra rare St. Magdalene was distilled 1965 and bottled under Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseur's Choice 'Map Label' series. 40% Alc./Vol.
                                                              Other reviews... 90 points - www.maltmaniacs.com
                                                                1956 Gordon & Macphail Talisker Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                                                Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND
                                                                $2999. 00 Bottle
                                                                $35988.00 Dozen
                                                                ABV: 54.4%
                                                                'The lava of the Cuillins' - that is how Talisker, the Golden Spirit of Skye was described by one poetic taster. This is indeed a turbulent Gaelic malt ; the only single malt from a spectacularly beautiful island of wild moorlands and dramatic mountain peaks known as the Cuillins. Built in Carbost in 1831 near 'Talisker House', the distillery has entertained such personalities as Boswell & Johnson. Another celebrity who enjoyed his Talisker was author, Robert Louis Stevenson, describing it in 1880 as 'king 'o' drinks'. Stevenson rightly recognised it as bearing similarities to both the Glenlivet and Islay malts. However, by taking 'the best of both worlds' so to speak, Talisker had achieved a new, unique style of whisky. In 1892 Roderick Kemp, a part owner sold his share to establish the now immortal Macallan distillery, however, the distillery has continued strong since.

                                                                This now scarce edition was distilled in 1956 and released by the reputable independent bottlers, Gordon & Macphail, at cask strength. 54.4% Alc./Vol.

                                                                No tasting notes available.
                                                                  1982 Gordon & Macphail Private Collection St. Magdalene (Linlithgow) 36 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                  Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                  $2299. 00 Bottle
                                                                  $27588.00 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 53%
                                                                  Apart from Diageo's releases through the 1990s and just two official bottlings that we're aware of, Linlithgows are few and far between. Gordon & Macphail's Private Collection release was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2019 from cask number 2092 (a refill American hogshead). Non chill filtered. 53% Alc./Vol. One only.

                                                                  Other reviews... In my book, St. Magdalene was one of the most complex malt whiskies ever, but I think it used to need higher voltages than just 40 or 43% vol. Which is the case here, so all should be fine… By the way this baby comes in a lovely wooden box covered with ‘points de Hongrie’ that would make for a gorgeous pencil (or iPhone) box. Let’s go buy pencils! Colour: light gold. Nose: quite astonishingly, we’re not too far from the Bladnoch as far as aromatic profiles are concerned, with a similar citrusness that works extremely well. Except that this is deeper, richer, and much more complex, and would range from jams and fresh fruits to sherbets and ice creams. We’re talking lemons and lime, bergamots, oranges, citrons, and probably angelica, lilies and rhubarb again. This fruity and floral freshness is simply fantastic, and for that we have to thank a relatively lazy hogshead. Thank you, Mr Hogshead. With water: ah, typical. Leather, herbal teas, tobaccos, old perfumes, potpourri, mushrooms… One cannot not think of the RMs, provided one’s tried any of those. Mouth (neat): bites you a bit at first, starting with an unusual lemon squash/washing powder/lemon honey combination, but the honey wins it and gets very complex, with some kind of honey cake with bits of bitter chocolate, tealeaves, black tobacco and then half a glass of artisan mead, or even chouchen, which is a stronger form of mead that they make in Brittany. The washing powder became clay, all for the better indeed. Oh and no I never ate any washing powder, but remember when we write ‘washing powder’, that only means ‘reminiscent of washing powder’. There’s no banana in whisky either. With water: wonderful notes of Riesling, rhubarb wine, a little liquorice, tobacco, grapefruits… Finish: medium, a tad drier and more on herbal teas, with citrus skins and more mead in the aftertaste. Comments: check! It’s well a wonderful St. Magdalene. And if you love mead, you’ll adore this. Agreed, mead is a little cheaper.
                                                                  90 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
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                                                                    1979 Gordon & MacPhail Port Ellen 34 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                    Islay, SCOTLAND
                                                                    $1999. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $23988.00 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 46%
                                                                    Established on Islay's south coast in 1825 by A K Mackay and Co., Port Ellen was closed in the slump of 1983, but the whisky made in the 17 or so years between its re-opening and final closure has acquired a reputation as some of the finest to have been made on Islay in that time. Following two outstandingly successful Rare Malt bottlings in 1998 and 2000, Diageo has released an official bottling of Port Ellen every year since 2001, although it is presently unknown how many more of these bottlings will be forthcoming as stocks get lower. There have also been myriad independent bottlings, particularly from Douglas Laing and this one from Gordon and Macphail. Prices for Port Ellen have increased steadily over the last decade as the reputation of the distillery grows and supplies dwindle.

                                                                    Tasting notes: Pale gold appearance. Delicate, sooty, oily peat. Mushrooms slowly from the glass after brief aeration. Notes of salted cracker and kelp emerge before rich malt begins to pulse through the smokey lather. Third pass finds hints of liquorice bullets, then the bouquet turns full circle with subtle seaweed aromas repeating. Middle weighted profile showcases a seamless integration of sweet smoke, spice and juicy malt with the peat restrained towards the finish as distinct honeycomb emerges. Maintains text book balance - still fresh despite the late sweetness. The honeycomb reverberates with the subtle smokiness and continues with terrific staying power. Confident. Elegant. Very debonair. 46% Alc./Vol.
                                                                      1980 Gordon & Macphail Rare Old Port Ellen 35 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                      Islay, SCOTLAND
                                                                      $1999. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $23988.00 Dozen
                                                                      ABV: 46%
                                                                      Another addition to G&M's Rare Old range is this Port Ellen, distilled in 1980 and bottled on the 13th November 2015 after maturation in a refill American oak hogshead. According to the bottlers, this promises flavours of "Ground white pepper, sweet red berries, dried mango and kiwi with a rich smoky / aniseed edge".

                                                                      Port Ellen is one of the three main villages on Islay and one of the two ferry terminals on the island. The distillery was expanded in the 1960s and closed in 1983. Its white painted buildings form a 'street' close to the seashore. Only peat which was dug in the district was used in the drying and the water was taken from two lochs in the nearby hills, the principal one used for distilling purposes being noted locally for its purity. Port Ellen whiskies remain highly collectable.
                                                                        1997 Infrequent Flyers Dumbarton (Inverleven) Single Cask No.178 22 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                        Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                        $240. 00 Bottle
                                                                        $2880.00 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 55.3%
                                                                        Also known as 'Inverleven', Dumbarton was built in 1938, just south of the Highland border near Glasgow and for a while was the largest operation of its kind. Classified as a lowlander by Michael Jackson, production was predominantly set aside for the Ballantine's blends. When bottled by Indies, Dumbarton is typically the label for grain whisky. Inverleven the single malt, but it's not a rule. Nowadays stocks are "undeniably rare".

                                                                        The notable feature of the plant was its American-style stainless steel columns (rather than the traditional Coffey stills). A focus on maize, meant its spirit was rather heavy in character. In 1956 a third Lomond still was added with an attached rectification column designed to produce different styles of spirit. The distillery was decommissioned in 1985, though its column still was salvaged by Bruichladdich to produce its now famous 'Botanist gin'.

                                                                        Matured for over 22 years in virgin oak, this rich, oily, flavoursome whisky is reported to be reminiscent of an exceptionally old Bourbon - packed with sweet vanilla and bold, woody spice. 202 bottles were released at 55.3% ABV. Obvious collector appeal here with next to nothing allocated.

                                                                        Notes from the bottler... Colour - Burnished copper. Nose - Sweet and lightly floral, with strong aromas of almonds and marzipan. Taste - Nutty, woody and aldehydic. Walnut whip with grainy undertones. A chunky slice of Battenberg cake. Oak resin, Madagascan vanilla and honeycomb. Finish - Mid-length, creamy, sweet and oily.
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                                                                        2000 Lady of the Glen Port Dundas Single Cask #305297 20 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                        Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                        $160. 00 Bottle
                                                                        $1920.00 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 55.4%

                                                                        Tasting note: Built at the highest point in Glasgow on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal, closed in 2010 then demolished a year later. Port Dundas starts life as a light and sweet distillate with long barrel ageing slowly adding body and depth. The pretty deep gold colour is followed by a bouquet in turns volatile, peppery then soft and medium sweet. 2-3 minutes settles the focus on vanilla wafer, stewed peaches and cream, cinnamon and gobstopper, resembling a blend of pot and column distilled rums. Taste-wise, this is Bourbonesque with a rush of vanilla sponge, dates and Monte Carlo tea biscuits, the oak adding fine astringency. Not overly sweet, so extra points for balance. Caramel fudge and vanilla linger with the spices. A very satisfying grain that's beginning to throw off its youth. 156 bottles. 55.4% Alc./Vol.Non chill filtered.

                                                                        Notes from the bottlers... Vanilla wafers & oak, hazelnut praline and Sweet baking spices.

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                                                                        Littlemill Private Cellar Edition 2015 Release 25 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                        Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                        Reduced from $3,499.00
                                                                        $2999. 00 Bottle
                                                                        $35988.00 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 50.4%
                                                                        NOTE: VERY MINOR SCRATCHES TO THE FRONT OF THE BOX AS PICTURED.

                                                                        A rare bottling of Littlemill released for their Private Cellar Edition series that takes packaging to new heights. The distillery (founded in 1772) was located a couple of miles from Auchentoshan and closed in 1992 to be subsequently dismantled.

                                                                        Initially matured in ten American and European oak casks before being finished in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks, the bottle comes with a 50ml miniature of the whisky, as well as a tiny section of a stave from one of casks that it was matured in, preserved like a holy relic in a perspex block. 50.4% Alc./Vol. 1500 bottles on offer world wide.

                                                                          1992 Part des Anges Closed Distilleries Littlemill 21 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                          Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                          $799. 00 Bottle
                                                                          $9588.00 Dozen
                                                                          ABV: 55.4%
                                                                          Yet another independent bottler hits Australian shores! The Closed Distilleries collection from Part des Anges (a group of oenologists, Maîtres de caves, Maîtres de chais and drinks industry specialists) offer whiskies from bygone Scottish distilleries, showcasing malts recognised for their structure, their finesse, their complexity and their character. Each cask yields approximately 250 bottles.

                                                                          This release from the now demolished Littlemill (closed 1992 / dismantled 1996 and located a couple of miles from Auchentoshan) is a 21 Year Old, non-chill filtered edition. 269 bottles produced. 55.4% Alc./Vol.
                                                                          One only to sell.
                                                                            1988 Part des Anges Closed Distilleries Port Dundas Cask Strength 25 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                            Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                            $499. 00 Bottle
                                                                            $5988.00 Dozen
                                                                            ABV: 56.7%
                                                                            Yet another independent bottler hits Australian shores! The Closed Distilleries collection from Part des Anges (a group of oenologists, Maîtres de caves, Maîtres de chais and drinks industry specialists) offer whiskies from bygone Scottish distilleries. Each specially selected cask yields approximately 250 bottles.

                                                                            This release from the Diageo owned grain Distillery, Port Dundas (closed 2010) is a 25 Year Old, non-chill filtered, cask strength edition. 296 bottles produced. 56.7% Alc./Vol. One only to sell.

                                                                            Based in Glasgow, the historic Port Dundas distillery closed after Diageo moved the majority of its grain whisky production to Cameronbridge. It traditionally contributed to blends, including Bell's, Black & White, Haig, J&B, Johnnie Walker, Vat 69 and White Horse. Expect to see more Port Dundas releases as Diageo has recently launched a stand-alone Port Dundas brand. “Although it closed its doors in 2010, there are select, rare remaining stocks of 12 and 18 year old Scotch whiskies that allow a glimpse into the glorious past of one of Scotland’s most respected and historic distilleries,” said a Diageo spokesman.
                                                                              1992 Part des Anges Closed Distilleries Glen Keith 21 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                              Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                              $330. 00 Bottle
                                                                              $3960.00 Dozen
                                                                              ABV: 59.1%
                                                                              The Closed Distilleries collection from Part des Anges (a group of oenologists, Maîtres de caves, Maîtres de chais and drinks industry specialists) offer whiskies from bygone Scottish distilleries, showcasing malts recognised for their structure, their finesse, their complexity and their character. Each cask yields approximately 250 bottles.

                                                                              This release is from the once mothballed Glen Keith distillery (reopened in June 2013). Built by and owned by Chivas Brothers (part of the Pernod Ricard group since 2001), it was established in 1958 for experimental purposes, including triple distillation (which was abandoned in 1970). It was also the first distillery to use gas heating for its stills and the first to computerise production. It's situated within eyesight of Chivas's centre piece distillery, Strathisla. This 21 year old non-chill filtered edition was limited to just 164 bottles. 59.1% Alc./Vol.
                                                                              One only to sell.
                                                                                1989 Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                                $599. 00 Bottle
                                                                                $7188.00 Dozen
                                                                                ABV: 52.1%

                                                                                Note: Box has come from a private collection and as such may have some minor scuffing/scratches/handling marks. 

                                                                                Other reviews: The lost Dufftown distillery of Pittyvaich last appeared in the Special Releases as a 25 year old in 2015. Like that bottling, this was also aged in refill American oak hogsheads. Initially, it’s slightly savory on the nose, with salted caramel, walnuts, and spicy raisins. Oily on the palate, with pineapple, apple crumble, malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toffee, milk chocolate, and licorice in the peppery finish.
                                                                                90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith

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                                                                                  1989 Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                  Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                                  $660. 00 Bottle
                                                                                  $7920.00 Dozen
                                                                                  ABV: 50.8%

                                                                                  Tasting note: [15ml sample] The only ghost distillery this year and reportedly, the only Pittyvaich ever released to have been finished in ex-bourbon casks, which impart a little extra sweetness. Arguably the most luxuriously scented of the collection - although coaxing is required. Seductive aromas of Toblerone bar, ripe peach, muted beeswax and vanilla follow in a silky, graceful delivery including toasted cereals, tea biscuits, pepper and nut chocolate. Medium long and fresh to finish. Great stuff! 50.8% Alc.Vol. Non chill filtered. 7056 bottles.

                                                                                  Other reviews... The oily nose yields intense tropical fruits, vanilla, nougat, and pine. Rich peach notes on the full palate, with a light sprinkling of white pepper, and hazelnuts dipped in milk chocolate. Spicy in the medium-length finish. Matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. 91 points - whiskyadvocate.com

                                                                                  ...Shall we find mutton suet? Lamb fat? Bone marrow? Paraffin? Sulphur candles? Castor oil?... Colour: light gold. Nose: we’re very close to the 1988, which makes sense, just a tad leafier and perhaps more austere. More oils (rapeseed, perhaps sesame, grapeseed) and with whiffs of concrete dust, scoria, then rather green bananas and avocado juice. Not a very common profile for sure, but there’s some elegance and self-restraint to this one. Old school again (yet I don’t think the distillery was very old). With water: lovely yeasty sourness, ale, broken branches, beets, perhaps even a little cabbage (but no sulphur!) Mouth (neat): this is very good, no quibbling at all this time, and certainly fruitier. Various bananas, probably guava, then apples of all sorts. Beyond that, the expected mineral and chalky combo, paraffin, some Sancerre-y flavours (chalk, fruit peel) and some grapefruit. With water: oh perfect, mint chiming in, together with fennel seeds, ouzo, cider, chlorophyll… Finish: medium, rounder and a little fruitier, citrusy, with a little ginger and perhaps palm heart. Not too sure about the palm hearts. Comments: vive la difference! That’s something I’ve learnt over the years, you could find stunners at strictly all Distilleries, it’s just that some issued more of them and you have to hunt some down. The thrill of the chase, sir. 90 points - whiskyfun.com

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                                                                                    1989 Pittyvaich 29 Year Old (Special Release 2019) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                                    $499. 00 Bottle
                                                                                    $5988.00 Dozen
                                                                                    ABV: 51.4%
                                                                                    Tasting note: A ‘ghost’ or closed distillery, operational for just 18 years before falling victim to industry consolidation in 1993. Double matured in Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso sherry seasoned bodega casks, this is uncommon malt and the only double-matured Pittyvaich ever released. Early on the nose, it's spritely and youthful before taking on a more mature aspect: Stewed orchard fruits, hints of shortbread and distant oak come through with a whiff of the coast. Nicely balanced, there's an interesting mix of dried grass and dried fig-like flavours, with sponge cake, gingery warmth and fruit-filled dark chocolates through the medium-long aftertaste. Unusual. 51.4% Alc./Vol. 4976 bottles.

                                                                                    Distilled in 1989 and matured first in Pedro Ximénez, then in oloroso sherry-seasoned casks. Delicate and restrained on the nose, with apple, pear drops, ginger, and malt. Initially, sweet sherry, then dark berry fruits emerge on the supple palate, with oatmeal stout. More apples, and ginger, plus prunes and chili in the long, warming finish. An excellent release from an underrated closed distillery. (600 for the U.S.)
                                                                                    93 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Winter 2019)
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                                                                                      1989 Pittyvaich 25 Year Old (Special Release 2015) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                      Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                                      $499. 00 Bottle
                                                                                      $5988.00 Dozen
                                                                                      ABV: 49.9%
                                                                                      An unusual release from a distillery that was open from 1974 to 1993. In fact, this whisky is older than the lifespan of the distillery. Built by Arthur Bell & Sons, Pittyvaich was one of the youngest Scottish distilleries in operation at the time. The name is derived from Pictish, and refers to a land holding or farmstead. The prefix is common, particularly in the Eastern counties which were the former home of the Picts.

                                                                                      The distillery stood near the Dufftown Distillery in Dufftown. Originally built to provide malt whisky for blends, Pittyvaich finally released an official bottling in 1991 under the Flora & Fauna label. Diageo have followed up with this extended age special release. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bourbon barrels. Distilled 1989 and bottled at natural strength, 6,000 bottles are available worldwide.

                                                                                      Tasting note: Brilliant pale gold. Soft, floral, honeyed aromas suggest pear, hazelnut, beeswax, lanolin; Second pass finds grassy, ripe pear notes added to the mix. Medium bodied, surprisingly soft textured; light entry builds into a succulent fruit-tart profile. Purring spices. Tea biscuits. Orchard fruits repeat on the finish. Ends peppery, creamy, medium long. Uncomplicated, but impossible not to like this. 49.9% Alc./Vol.
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                                                                                    Scotland's (almost forgotten) liquid history.

                                                                                    Around 100 distilleries are currently active in Scotland, but few are aware of the much greater number lost to history amid the boom and bust cycles notorious in the whisky industry. A closed distillery is one which has been permanently shut down, probably because it was uneconomical to run at the time of closure. Normally the equipment is dismantled and sold off, so it's very unlikely that the distillery could re-open in its original form.

                                                                                    Names like Banff, Coleburn, Glenlochy, Glenugie and Kinclaith are almost unheard of nowadays, though bottlings do still surface. Other better known distillieries have almost acquired a mythical status, both for their relative 'scarcity', soaring prices and consistently high quality output. St. Magdalene, Port Ellen, Rosebank and Brora, which were closed more recently still have casks in bond, waiting to be bottled, usually by independent bottlers for savvy, cashed-up collectors. Finding these at opening prices is key.

                                                                                    Nicks Wine Merchants continue to source old and rare whiskies from private collections and official sources that you can buy online and have safely shipped to most areas of Australia.