Discontinued Flora & Fauna Collection
Increasingly hard to find, and now confirmed discontinued by the importer. To our knowledge, these are some of the last stocks in Australia at opening prices. There's everything to gain and nothing to lose in this cornucopia of exotic and hard-to-find malts that will delight dedicated whisky-hunters and collector's alike.
Decades ago the novel idea of introducing single malts to a larger audience was beginning to bear fruit - hence the "Flora & Fauna" bottlings. One story (and there are a few) tells that increased awareness of the breadth of Scottish malts (largely via the offerings of the independent bottlers) resulted in a surge of distillery tourism in the early to mid-nineties. Devotees would travel to their favourite distillery, enjoy the warmth and hospitality on offer, get an education but at the end of the tour find the staff had nothing to offer in the way of a dram. So the Flora and Fauna series of limited editions was gradually introduced to showcase the arts of the lesser known distilleries, including those that had been bulldozed, mothballed or otherwise accessed by blenders only. In some cases less than one percent of total output was reserved for bottling as single malt.
Flora and Fauna was not originally an official title, but a name coined by legendary drinks writer, Michael Jackson, as every distillery bottling had its own animal or plant assigned to each respective label. The first tranche was released between 1991 and 1994, followed by a smattering of cask strength releases (discontinued and ultra rare) up until 1998, then four more expressions in September 2001.Gradually the collection made its way onto the shelves of whisky purveyors like ourselves.