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Whisky distilled in 1981

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1981 vintage whiskies

Adelphi Glenlossie 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%
8

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Berry's Own Selection Lochside 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Well balanced, fresh and pleasant. The finish lacks some depth maybe. But that does not take the pleasure away.

Bowmore 29 Years Old, 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
7 That perfume problem that bedevils old MBD malts knocks this back.

Brora 1981 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.50%
7 Lacks balance.

Cadenhead's Glencraig 1981, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20%
7 Pleasant, sociable. With mint tea and Moroccan food?

Chieftain's Choice Brora 1981, 23 Years Old, Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Rich flavours. A chestnut-coloured whisky for people who like very grown-up sweetmeats: Marron glacé, for example. Unlikely to be enjoyed by anyone younger than the whisky.

Connoisseur's Choice BenRiach 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 The bourbon cask influence is obvious. A refreshing dram but simplistic. Water ruins it.

Dalwhinnie 1981, Distillers Edition, Oloroso Sherry
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Beautiful interplay and balance.

Glen Moray 1981 Single Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70%
7 The richness of the whisky more than balances the slight woodiness. This is delicious. Glen Moray with maturity-and dimension-than we can usually experience.

Glenfarclas 1981 Plain Hogshead
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.80%
7 Perfect “herbal malt-tea” for a wintery night cup. It takes a few drops of water to cut the edges.

Glenmorangie 1991, Sauternes Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Not easy to evaluate what sauternes casks have brought in. An extra sweetness maybe but no particular sauternes aromas. Appreciable bottling strength.

Glenmorangie 30 Years Old, Pride 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70%
8 Odd, askew, individual and marvellous but way too pricey. On liquid alone the score is 9.1

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.70%
7 A beautifully balanced, rounded, example of this distinctive malt.

Gordon & MacPhail Tamdhu 1981 Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 No, I don't think I was being suggestible. An unusually complex Tamdhu.

Lombard Lochside 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Lochside was a capricious malt, but it is missed nonetheless.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1
Single Malt - Japan - 60.70%
8 A very enigmatic malt. Lighter in body but drier and more assertive in flavour than Yamazaki. A digestif.

Signatory Brora 1981 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 What a distinctive malt Brora was, and there are some excellent bottlings available.

Signatory Caol Ila 1981 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.50%
7 Quite sharp at the beginning then gradually softening. Fruitier than previous Signatory bottlings. Very sensitive to dilution.

Signatory Caol Ila Vintage 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%
7 Significantly drier than the other Caol Ilas sampled.

Signatory Coleburn 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 I'm glad still to be able to taste a whisky from this long-gone distillery, but it's really one for the collectors.

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Talisker 1981 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
8 The best so far in this series of 30yo Taliskers but to be nit-picky about it just a little more activity from the cask would have elevated it still further.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 1981, Unfiltered Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
9 When I tasted this bottling, I was shocked by its spiciness. When I had recovered my composure, I gradually began to find it very more-ish.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Whispering Smoke 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Perfectly sound but I'd prefer more depth (and that doesn't mean heaviness) for a 30 Years Old.

1981 Auchentoshan 15 Year Old Lowland 1981
Vintage Wine Gifts
£169.97
Ardbeg 10 Years Old Dutyfree For Aosta 1981 10
Lions Whisky
£885.00
Ardbeg Kildalton 1981 Miniature
The Whisky Exchange
£99.95
Balvenie 1981 15yo 15 1981
Lions Whisky
£170.00
Bell's Charles & Diana 1981
The Whisky Exchange
£450.00
Bell's Charles & Diana 1981 Unboxed
The Whisky Exchange
£199.00
Blair Athol 1981 1981
Lions Whisky
£550.00
Bowmore 1981 17yo Cadenhead 17 1981
Lions Whisky
£320.00
Brora 1981 18yo Old Malt Cask 18 1981
Lions Whisky
£350.00
Brora 1981 20yo Old Malt Cask 20 1981
Lions Whisky
£365.00
Brora 1981 20yo Signatory 20 1981
Lions Whisky
£255.00
Brora 1981 22yo Rare Auld D. Taylor 22 1981
Lions Whisky
£355.00
Brora 1981 23 Year Old Sherry Butt Signatory
The Whisky Exchange
£699.00
Brora 1981 23yo Signatory 23 1981
Lions Whisky
£345.00
Brora 1981 24yo Lmdw 24 1981
Lions Whisky
£315.00
Brora 1981 Lombard's 1981
Lions Whisky
£320.00
Bruichladdich Centenary 1881 1981 15 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Caol Ila 1981 1999 Sos G&m 1981
Lions Whisky
£155.00
Caol Ila 1981 21 Year Old Cask #251 First Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£199.00
Caol Ila 1981 Cask Strength 1981
Lions Whisky
£575.00
Caol Ila 1981 Connoisseurs Choice
Whisky-Online.com
£195.00
Caol Ila 1981 Samaroli 1981
Lions Whisky
£320.00
Charles & Diana 1981 Empty
The Whisky Exchange
£74.95
Dalmore 1981 Constellation Collection Cask #3
Abbey Whisky
£3,931.00
Dalmore 1981 Constellation Collection Cask #4
Abbey Whisky
£4,012.00
Fogolar Gran Riserva 1981 12 Year Old Italian Brandy
The Whisky Exchange
£43.15
Glen Moray 1981 1981
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Glen Moray 1981 Manager's Choice Sherry Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Glen Spey 1981 13yo Cadenhead 13 1981
Lions Whisky
£125.00
Glen Spey 1981 Berrys' Own Selection Berry Bros & Rudd
Whisky-Online.com
£106.50
Glenfarclas 1981 Edition 2 1981
Lions Whisky
£265.00
Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release Vii
Master of Malt
£247.50
Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release Vii 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£17.15
Glenfarclas 1981 Family Casks A13 Cask #1081
The Whisky Exchange
£288.00
Glengoyne 1981 22yo Whiskyfair 22 1981
Lions Whisky
£155.00
Glenlivet 1981 30 Year Old Sherry Hogshead #9457
The Whisky Exchange
£153.00
Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 Signatory
The Whisky Barrel
£151.91
Glenmorangie 1981 Manager's Choice
The Whisky Exchange
£799.00
Glenmorangie 1981 Manager's Choice 1981
Lions Whisky
£740.00
Glenmorangie Managers Choice, 1981 1998
Abbey Whisky
£720.00
Glenugie 1981 22 Year Old Refill Sherry
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Glenugie 1981 23 Year Old Duncan Taylor
The Whisky Exchange
£450.00
Hiram Walker's Ten High 1981
Master of Malt
£120.00
Karuizawa 1981 Cask #6056
The Whisky Barrel
£1,899.99
Lagavulin 1981 Distillers Edition Litre
The Whisky Exchange
£699.00
Laphroaig 1981 14 Years Old Wilson & Morgan 14 1981
Lions Whisky
£275.00
Laphroaig 1981 27 Year Old Sherry Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£1,500.00
Linkwood 1981 26 Year Old Red Wine Finish
The Whisky Exchange
£105.00
Lochside 1981 18 Year Old Refill Sherry
The Whisky Exchange
£275.00
Lochside 1981 19yo Cadenhead 19 1981
Lions Whisky
£160.00
Lochside 1981 Bot.1998 Connoisseurs Choice
The Whisky Exchange
£250.00
Lochside 1981 Bot.2011 Berry Bros & Rudd
The Whisky Exchange
£135.00
Lochside 1981 Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Macallan 1950 Bot.1981
The Whisky Exchange
£3,999.00
Macallan 1964 B 1981 1964
Lions Whisky
£875.00
Macallan 1968 B 1981 Berry Bros 1968
Lions Whisky
£685.00
Macallan 1981 Gran Reserva
The Whisky Exchange
£1,500.00
Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1981 Cask 5094 The Duncan Taylor Single Du
Master of Malt
£20.68
Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1981 Cask 5094 The Duncan Taylor Single Du
Master of Malt
£300.00
Mortlach 1981 Bot. 2014 Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£180.00
North Port 1981 24 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
North Port Brechin 1981 Connoisseurs Choice
The Whisky Barrel
£379.99
North Port Brechin 1981 Spirit Of Scotland
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Port Ellen 1981 18 Year Old Sherry Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Port Ellen 1981 18yo Old Malt Cask 18 1980
Lions Whisky
£325.00
Port Ellen 1981 18yo Provenance 18 1981
Lions Whisky
£250.00
Port Ellen 1981 19 Year Old Sherry Butt
The Whisky Exchange
£850.00
Port Ellen 1981 Islay Festival 2008
The Whisky Exchange
£3,999.00
Port Ellen 1982 18yo Old Malt Cask 18 1981
Lions Whisky
£345.00
Rosebank 1981 20 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£599.00
Rosebank 1981 20 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Rosebank 1981 22 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£599.00
Rosebank 1981 22yo Rare Malts 22 1981
Lions Whisky
£285.00
Rosebank 1981 25 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Rosebank 1981 25 Years Old B 2007 25 1981
Lions Whisky
£295.00
Rosebank 1981 Bot.1997
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Rosebank 1981 Bot.1997
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
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 Lochnagar 1981 25 Year Old Roseisle Maltings
The Whisky Exchange
£550.00
Smws 25.26 1981 21 Year Old Oddfellows & Rhubarb Rock
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Smws 37.10 1981 Bot.1994
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Smws 37.14 1981 Bot.1994
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Smws 37.14 1981 Bot.1994
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Smws 43.3 1981 Bot.1991
The Whisky Exchange
£950.00
Smws 43.3 1981 Bot.1991
The Whisky Exchange
£999.00
Smws 56.2 1981 Bot.1990
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Smws 83.8 1981 15 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Smws 83.8 1981 15 Year Old Speyside Whiksy
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Smws 84.2 1981 Bot.1992
The Whisky Exchange
£199.00
Smws 92.10 1981 20 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Strathisla 1948 61 B 1981 Royal Marriage G&m With Box 1948
Lions Whisky
£425.00
Talisker 1959 Berry Bros B1981 1959
Lions Whisky
£985.00
Talisker 1981 20 Year Old Sherry Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£899.00
Teaninich 1981 B 2002 Menses Moon Import 1981
Lions Whisky
£280.00
Teaninich 1981 Cask #89 587 98 First Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£120.00
Teaninich 1981 Moon Import Menses 1981
Lions Whisky
£275.00
Whyte & Mackay 12 Year Old Royal Wedding 1981
The Whisky Exchange
£150.00
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