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Brands and Distilleries : Rare Malts

Issue 118 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 118

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Rare Malts

Rare Malts Auchroisk 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80%
7 Carries its age effortlessly. Approachable, clean, sweet-tempered. Unlike The Singleton version, no obvious sherry.

Rare Malts Benrinnes 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.40%
7 One of Speyside's secret delights. But a hard whisky to know. Big flavours, but tightly combined and unyielding.

Rare Malts Bladnoch 1977, 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.60%
8 Rather aggressive for a malt that is usually delicate and sweet, but still very distinctive. Will stand softening with a good splash of water.

Rare Malts Blair Athol 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
7 The flavours seem to be held back, then suddenly released. This whisky might have been less inhibited at a younger age.

Rare Malts Brora 1977 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
8 Lively, fruity, refreshing. Distinctive. Does the 19th hole at Brora serve sushi?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Brora 1977, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
8 A lovely coastal malt. It's a shame that its surviving brother Clynelish is more muted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Brora 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10%
8 Refreshing start; soothing finish. Quite a trick.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rare Malts Brora 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
8 A good example of Brora as a distinctive maritime malt. Very appetising indeed, but quite different from Talisker, for example.

Rare Malts Caol Ila 1977, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.30%
8 A wonderful aperitif. Who would have thought of a Scotch to precede Greek food?

Rare Malts Caol Ila 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.30%
8 Confident. Austere.

Rare Malts Cardhu 1973 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00%
7 They made bigger, peatier whiskies in those days.

Rare Malts Cardhu 1973, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50%
7 For teatime – more fun than Darjeeling.

Rare Malts Coleburn 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
7 The best Coleburn I have tasted.

Rare Malts Convalmore 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
8 The second good Convalmore I have tasted. It was not highly rated in its lifetime, but could win friends now.

Rare Malts Dufftown-Glenlivet 1975, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80%
8 Pale in colour but by no means anaemic in flavour. Has matured a lot since it was 15.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Glendullan 1978 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50%
8 In the crush bar at the opera?

Rare Malts Glenury Royal 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 An elegant middleweight after the oak-fisted heavyweight 23 Years Old in the same series.

Rare Malts Glen Mhor 1976 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90%
7 A straight-ahead, fruity, creamy, Speysider.

Rare Malts Glen Mhor 1979, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00%
8 A rare delight.

Rare Malts Glen Ord 1974, 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80%
8 Far paler and less sherried than the main version from this distillery. I would like at least some sherry to round the gingery spiciness, but I like the way that rose character comes through in this o...

Rare Malts Linkwood 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90%
7 I couldn't decide if this lacked a little, or was just subtle. Pleasing enough, aging with prettiness, but didn't do enough for me.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rare Malts Millburn 1969 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.20%
8 The mental picture is of an old library filled with leather bound volumes and someone smoking a pipe in the distance.

Rare Malts Millburn 1975, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.90%
7 A grizzled old character, but gains points for resilience.

Rare Malts North Port 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00%
6 Some malts are deservedly rare, but full marks to United for at least giving us the chance to taste them.

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Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
8 An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.

Rare Malts Port Ellen 1978 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50%
9 Pungent, powerful and appetising. A dram for the Islay-lover and connoisseur. This distillery should be revived.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rare Malts Port Ellen 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90%
9 Bring on the caeser salad.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Rare Malts Rosebank 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.30%
8 This is how Lowlanders used to be: drier, more herbal, more complex. Buy now, while stocks last.

Rare Malts St Magdalene 1998 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.80%
7 For a ghost, quite aggressive.

Rare Malts Teaninich 1972 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20%
8 This little-known malt almost always surprises me with its robust flavours.

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Aultmore 1974 21 Year Old Rare Malts
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£650.00
Aultmore 1974 21 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£495.00
Banff 1982 21 Yo Rare Malts 21 1982
Lions Whisky
£225.00
Benromach 1978 19 Year Old Rare Malts Selection 63.8%
Whisky-Online.com
£195.00
Benromach 1978 19yo Rare Malts 19 1978
Lions Whisky
£215.00
Bladnoch 1977 23yo Rare Malts 22 1979
Lions Whisky
£250.00
Brora 1975 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£975.00
Brora 1977 21 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£650.00
Brora 1977 21 Year Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£750.00
Brora 1977 21yo Rare Malts 21 1977
Lions Whisky
£445.00
Brora 1977 24 Years Old 56.1% Rare Malts 24 1977
Lions Whisky
£470.00
Brora 1977 24yo Rare Malts 24 1977
Lions Whisky
£495.00
Brora 1977, 24 Year Old Rare Malts
Abbey Whisky
£685.00
Caol Ila 1975 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Caol Ila 1975 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£375.00
Caol Ila 1975 21yo Rare Malts 21 1975
Lions Whisky
£295.00
Caol Ila 1975, 20 Year Old, Rare Malts, 75cl, Usa
Abbey Whisky
£480.00
Cardhu 1973 27yo Rare Malts 27 1973
Lions Whisky
£240.00
Cardhu 27 Year Old 1973 Rare Malts
Master of Malt
£498.95
Clynelish 1972 24 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£495.00
Clynelish 1972 24yo Rare Malts 24 1972
Lions Whisky
£335.00
Clynelish 1974 23 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£395.00
Coleburn 1979 21yo Rare Malts 21 1979
Lions Whisky
£225.00
Convalmore 1978 24yo Rare Malts 24 1978
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Craigellachie 1973 22yo Rare Malts 22 1973
Lions Whisky
£395.00
Dailuaine 1973 22yo Rare Malts 22 1973
Lions Whisky
£295.00
Dailuaine 1973, 22 Year Old, Rare Malts, 20cl
Abbey Whisky
£114.00
Dailuaine 1973, 22 Year Old, Rare Malts, 75cl
Abbey Whisky
£342.00
Dailuaine 1973, 22 Year Old, Rare Malts, Usa
Abbey Whisky
£342.00
Dallas Dhu 1970 24 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Dallas Dhu 1975 21 Year Old Rare Malts Selection 61.9%
Whisky-Online.com
£395.00
Glen Albyn 1975 26 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Glen Albyn 1975 26yo Rare Malts 26 1975
Lions Whisky
£235.00
Glen Mhor 1979 22 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Glen Mhor 1979 22 Years Old Rare Malts 22 1979
Lions Whisky
£250.00
Glen Mhor 1979 22yo Rare Malts 22 1979
Lions Whisky
£265.00
Glen Ord 1973 23 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£350.00
Glendullan 1972 22 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£450.00
Glendullan 1972 22yo Rare Malts 22 1972
Lions Whisky
£275.00
Glendullan 1974 23yo Rare Malts 23 1974
Lions Whisky
£240.00
Glendullan 1978 26yo Rare Malts 26 1978
Lions Whisky
£225.00
Glenesk Hillside 1971 25yo Rare Malts 25 1971
Lions Whisky
£425.00
Glenlochy 1969 25yo Rare Malts 25 1969
Lions Whisky
£1,770.00
Glenlochy 1969 26 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£1,500.00
Glenlochy 1969, 26 Year Old, Rare Malts
Abbey Whisky
£1,200.00
Glenury Royal 1971 23yo Rare Malts 23 1971
Lions Whisky
£395.00
Hillside 1969 25 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£1,450.00
Hillside 1970 25 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£750.00
Hillside 1970 25 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£750.00
Hillside 1971 25 Year Old Rare Malts Selection
Whisky-Online.com
£600.00
Inchgower 1974 22yo Rare Malts 22 1974
Lions Whisky
£255.00
Inchgower 1974, 22 Year Old, Rare Malts
Abbey Whisky
£280.80
Inchgower 1976 27yo Rare Malts 27 1976
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Linkwood 1972 22 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Linkwood 1972 22yo Rare Malts 22 1972
Lions Whisky
£265.00
Linkwood 1974 23yo Rare Malts 1974
Lions Whisky
£255.00
Linkwood 1974 30yo Rare Malts 30 1974
Lions Whisky
£265.00
Linkwood 1974, 23 Year Old, Rare Malts, 75cl
Abbey Whisky
£276.00
Linkwood 1975 26yo Rare Malts 26 1975
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Millburn 1975 18yo Rare Malts 18 1975
Lions Whisky
£260.00
Millburn 1975 25yo Rare Malts 25 1975
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Mortlach 1978 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£325.00
North Port 1979 20yo Rare Malts 20 1979
Lions Whisky
£295.00
Port Ellen 1978 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£899.00
Port Ellen 1978 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£999.00
Port Ellen 1978 22 Year Old Rare Malts Selection 60.50%
Whisky-Online.com
£895.00
Port Ellen 1978 22yo Rare Malts 22 1978
Lions Whisky
£695.00
Rosebank 1981 22yo Rare Malts 22 1981
Lions Whisky
£285.00
Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 Rare Malts
Master of Malt
£558.43
Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 Rare Malts No Box
Master of Malt
£499.00
Royal Brackla 1978 20yo Rare Malts 20 1978
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Royal Brackla 1978, 20 Year Old, Rare Malts
Abbey Whisky
£258.00
Royal Lochnagar 1973, 23 Year Old, Rare Malts
Abbey Whisky
£296.40
St Magdalene 1979 19 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£699.00
Teaninich 1972 23 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Teaninich 1972, 23 Year Old, Rare Malts, 75cl
Abbey Whisky
£300.00
Teaninich 1973 23yo Rare Malts 23 1973
Lions Whisky
£245.00
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