Ask the expert In 2003 I purchased a bottle of Glenfiddich Concorde Private Vintage 1976 while on a transatlantic flight. I hasten to add that I was travelling on air miles. I paid £200 for the whisky and it remain... September 2009, Issue 82, page 73
The strange case of the Bothy Still Gavin D Smith looks at how Diageo's forerunners flirted with the idea of launching a ‘boutique' distillery based on an illegal operation – and how it ended up on the shelf October 2003, Issue 34, page 48
Blair Athol 12 Years Old Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%7The obvious sherry ageing really suits Blair Athol. It is a malt that matures quickly, and this is very sophisticated for its age. A lovely whisky.
Rare Malts Blair Athol 27 Years Old Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%7The flavours seem to be held back, then suddenly released. This whisky might have been less inhibited at a younger age.
Signatory Blair Athol 1973 Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%8Has matured superbly. I love the interplay of sweet and fruity, hot and dry. The orange colour distinguishes this from Signatory's earlier bottling.