Scotch Single Malt Whisky
These are whiskies that have been distilled at one distillery only, aged for at least three years and bottled above 40% abv. No grain whiskies can sit within this character, only those that have been made purely with malted barley. There are six regions where Scotch single malts are produced, these typically define the style and character of the whiskies. Speyside and Highlands are renowned for those rich and fruity styled whiskies, whilst Islay is home to the peat smoke.
Westport is what is known as a "Teaspoon blended malt" in that the majority is single malt from one distillery and as the name might suggest blended with just a small amount (usually around 1%) of another malt. Here Glenmorangie is...
A UK exclusive bottling from GlenDronach, matured for 21 years in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon. They distilled this is in July 1995 before filling cask #3248, which later produced just 531 bottles in October 2016.
There is a lot of independent Highland Park on the market these days, but this is a cracker. Released as part of Carn Mor's Celebration of the Cask series, it was distilled in 1995 and lived in a Sherry Hogshead for 22 years.
Heavily-sherried single malt from the Edradour distillery, which expresses some pretty impresive age too - matured for 21 years with a finishing period in Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled in late 2017, 2,027 natural cask strength bottles were filled. Ought to be a serious treat for Sherry cask fans, this one.
Single cask Clynelish, independently bottled by Signatory Vintage as part of their extensive Cask Strength Collection. Distilled in 1995 and matured in refill butt #8673 for 22 years, the result is a sweet and oily single malt with notes of molasses and citrus. 609 bottles were filled at natural cask strength in January 2018.
Single cask Clynelish from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, aged for a steady 21 years in refill hogshead cask number 12014. Just 624 bottles were drawn, bottled at 54.6% ABV.
An independently bottled Blair Athol from the brilliant people at Hunter Laing. It was left to mature from 1995 to February 2017 when it was bottled for their Old Malt Cask range. 647 bottles were produced worldwide.
Another striking release from the Special Releases series of 2017- the sixteenth bottling of Brora in the iconic series. Just 3,000 bottles were produced, drawn from refill American oak hogsheads which were initially filled in 1982.
An entertaining whisky from the Isle of Mull. This was distilled in 1995, matured in a bourbon barrel and then given a finish in an Allier wine cask, before being bottled in October 2015.
Hunter Laing’s First Editions range aims to evoke the qualities of a rare literary volume, with character and collectability a focus. This particular volume is a Tobermory that was distilled in 1996, matured for 18 years in a refill butt that yielded 487 bottles at a strength of 54.5% ABV.
Port Ellen of this age tends to make most whisky collectors weak at the knees, so you'd better snap it up. Bottled for Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, it was distilled in 1982, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 34 years...
Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the now-sadly closed distillery of Port Ellen. It was distilled on the Island of Islay in 1982 and bottled in August 2016 by Douglas Laing. After 33 years of maturation in cask #11120, there was a small outturn of just 198 bottles produced.
A heavily-sherried bottling of 33-year-old Port Ellen for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection by Hunter Laing. Just 108 of these were filled from the single sherry butt, once housed in what is now the lost distillery on Islay - Port Ellen.
A very well-aged single cask Bowmore distilled on the Isle of Islay in 1982 and matured for over three decades. It was released in 2014 by independent bottlers Wemyss Malts and titled Loch Indaal Catch to best describe the character of the whisky. 165 bottles were filled from the hogshead cask.
Released by Duncan Taylor as part of the Tantalus range, this is quite something from the Bowmore distillery. A 31 year old single malt Scotch whisky presented in a hand crafted case, made from the cask itself that matured this exact Spirit! Independent bottlers Duncan Taylor have done a fine job with the Tantalus bottlings.
An independently bottled release of a long closed Lowland single malt from Morrison & Mackay under the "Carn Mor celebration of the cask" series of releases. Known as both the St.Magdalene and Linlithgow distillery and distilled...
A closed distillery bottling from Indie bottlers Douglas Laing. This 24 year old from St Magdelene was distilled at the Lowland site in 1982 and was eventually bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at 50% ABV.
Independently bottled Tomintoul from Douglas Laing, aged for 20 years in single refill hogshead #10780. It was distilled in May 1995 and bottled for the Old Particular range in May 2015, producing just 318 bottles.
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Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2016, this particular vintage from The Glenrothes is assembled from a variety of cask types including first-fill and refill wood lending it flavours of butterscotch, floral qualities and fruitiness.
Bottled exclusively for the UK market, this single cask GlenDronach spent 19 years in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon. It was distilled in the Highlands in 1995 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 554 bottles.
From Speysides Miltonduff distillery comes this 21 year old bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in April 1995 and left to age in a single refill hogshead until February 2017, when it was released for their Old Malt Cask range. 269 bottles were filled.
This is a fascinating whisky from the brilliant indie bottler Wemyss Malts. It’s a Glen Grant that was distilled in 1995, then matured in a second-fill barrel before being bottled in 2017. Only 253 bottles were released.
Another well-aged whisky in Carn Mor's Celebration of the Cask series that comes from the Glenlossie distillery which is a Speyside single malt not often seen, especially at this age. Distilled in June 1995 and aged in a refill Bourbon barrel for 22 years before being bottled in April 2018 at natural cask strength of 53.8% ABV.
An indie Glenburgie bottling by Hunter Laing. This 21-year-old was distilled in April 1995 and bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in April 2016. 170 bottles were produced from a single refill hogshead cask.
A slightly older offering under the Carn Mor strictly limited range of indie bottling's from Morrison & Mackay and the popular Speyside distillery Glen Moray. Aged for 17 years from a 1995 distillation and bottled from just two Hogshead casks that yielded just 670 bottles. Bottled at natural colour and non chill filtered.
Single cask Glen Keith distilled in 1995 and drawn from a refill hogshead after being aged for 21 years, bottled in November 2016. Just 181 bottles of this bright and fruity single malt were produced for the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing.
A resplendent Glen Grant from the ever-reliable indie bottler Duncan Taylor. This 18 year old single cask - number 85125 - was distilled in 1995, and bottled in 2013 at a healthy 54.9% ABV as part of their Dimensions series. The cask yielded 216 bottles in all.
Sherr-butt matured Blair Athol by independent bottlers Douglas Laing, for their Old Particular range. The single cask was filled in September 1995 which lay maturing until August 2014. Only 681 bottles were produced.
This Benrinnes was distilled in September 1995 and matured for 21 years in a hogshead, before being released as part of Càrn Mòrs Celebration of the Cask range. Only 255 bottles were released.
A indie bottling of a lesser known Speyside distillery from one of the oldest wine and spirit merchants in the world, namely Allt-a-Bhainne (meaning stream of milk in Gaelic) and Berry brothers and Rudd who were established way back in 1698. Distilled in 1995 and bottled at 21 years old from a single cask in 2017.
Released exclusively for the UK, this single cask GlenDronach spent 19 years maturing in Oloroso sherry puncheon #4887. Between June 1995 and September 2014, the whisky had plenty of time to bring on all those delicious sherry notes, with...
Drawn from a single sherry butt, this 23 year old Clynelish has been bottled for Signatory's much-loved Cask Strength Collection. Aged from October 1995 to February 2019, just 501 bottles were released at 53.7% ABV.
An independent bottle release from Murray Mcdavid under the "Benchmark" range. A single cask release from the Glenburgie distillery, a Speyside malt that is rarely seen as official or indie bottles with most going into the Ballantines brand of blended Scotch. A 21 year old matured in a single Ex-Bourbon Hogshead from a 1995 distillation.
Single cask bowmore, which has been aged for 24 years in a single hosgshead cask, from December 1995 to January 2019. Once ready, Morrison & Mackay picked this beauty for their Celebration of the Cask rang and bottled it at natural cask strength. Just 150 of these were produced worldwide.
"Victorian sweet shop" is a 23 year old single cask offering from the Wemyss range of independent bottlings. This Speysider is from the GlenKeith distillery and distilled in 1995 and matured in a refill hogshead with only 310 bottles produced of this aptly named malt.
A 23 year old single cask Bowmore released for the 2019 Feis Ile that was matured in an ex-Oloroso Sherry cask from a 1995 vintage distillation and bottled at natural cask strength of 55.2% with only 325 bottles available.
This Glen Grant single cask release has been matured for 23 years in a single Barrel and bottled by the small, family-owned independent bottler Wemyss Malts. A speyside single malt that yielded just 193 bottles, 'Summer Sipping' indeed!
A single cask release of a 19 year old Port Ellen bottled by independent bottler Douglas Mcgibbon under the "Provenance" seasonal series and distilled in Spring 1982 before being bottled in Spring 2002.
Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1995 (cask 7208) - (Celebration of the Cask) (Carn Mor) 43.9% -(Bottle - 1/70cl)
A single cask release of a fine Speyside single malt, Dailuaine that has been matured for 24 years in a single ex-Bourbon barrel from a 13th June 1995 distillation before being bottled on 26th August 2019 by indie bottler Morrison & Mackay under the "Celebration of the Cask" label with only 160 bottles available.
Glenlossie 24 Year Old 1995 (cask 1325) - Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor) 53.3% - (Bottle - 1/70cl)
A single cask presentation from one of the more obscure Speyside single malts. This Glenlossie has been matured for 24 years in a single ex-bourbon barrel from 1995 to 2019, and released by indie bottler Morrison & Mackay. Just 194...
A single sherry butt cask from the Dufftown distillery, aged for 30 years and bottled by top independent bottler Douglas Laing. This whisky was distilled in March 1982 and bottled in March 2012 with an outturn of 189 bottles, released...