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Brora Triptych: A Legend Restored
A collection of three vintages that define Brora, never before released as one, brought together as a true collector’s piece from the finite stocks of this ghost distillery.
The imposing doors of Brora have remained shut since 1983. In the intervening years the legend of this great distillery has been kept alive by humble, whispered tales of Brora’s skilled craftspeople. Highly revered by whisky connoisseurs and collectors alike, whisky from the original, dwindling stocks have never been more in demand. This special triptych release represents a unique opportunity to own a part of whisky history; three exceptional single malts spanning a decade in Brora’s most highly regarded era. This type of bottling is so rare and special, with only 300 sets released, it is a genuine piece of history and art from one of Scotland’s most fabled distilleries. A release of this kind will not be possible to replicate for another half century. 3x50cl - 1.5L per set, £30,000,
Talisker, Xpedition Oak, 43 Year Old, Skye
Talisker 43 Year Old is the first release in the distillery’s Xpedition Oak series: a collection of some of the rarest and oldest Talisker single malts. Shaped by the natural elements of the rugged Isle of Skye, the series celebrates wild whisky making at its finest. Matured in American oak hogsheads and left at a natural cask strength of 50% ABV, Talisker Xpedition Oak is limited to only 1830 bottles from a selection of just ten casks; a truly special single malt Scotch, presented in a beautiful bottle and housed in an intricately-crafted wooden box.
Finished in casks including staves that have traversed the Atlantic Ocean on an epic 3,264-mile journey by British adventurer James Aiken, each bottle of this rare whisky is accompanied by a piece of one of these very staves. A mellow spice leads on the nose, with a delicious top note of stewed apple and a whisp of aromatic smoky wax, followed by complex layers of varnished wood and fresh sea spray. It is smooth and vibrant, with a rich intensity and gentle astringency from a sweet chilli pepper warmth that coats the palate in a lingering finish. 1x70cl, £3,500
Lagavulin, 26 Year Old, Islay, Special Releases 2021
Distilled in 1994, this 26-year-old Lagavulin single malt has been matured in a combination of oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, before being bottled as part of Diageo’s 2021 Special Releases. The colour of a deep-hued beech tree in autumn, on the nose it is mellow with complex with woody aromas. Light, fresh and vinous top notes mingle with linseed oil then fade into a warm suggestion of sun-bleached polished mahogany, backed by dry edible seaweed, with sweeter hints of baked fig and butterscotch. Further in, the aromas grow more pungent, oily and fragrantly smoky. Medium bodied, on the palate it is light, ultrasmooth and oily, with sweetness soon tinged with salt and pepper, growing more savoury and smokier. Here is all the precious sweet-smoky style of Lagavulin, in a glowing, well-rounded form. The finish is long, sweetly warming and faintly smoky, a drop of water introduces a little pepper, then the smokiness reasserts itself in the drying aftertaste. 1x70cl, £1,650