Now to the question. I looking to start trying some whiskies from closed/mothballed distilleries. Banff & Glen Keith spring to mind. I would firstly like to be able to spend less than say £80stg (the cheaper the better ) on a bottle if possible and secondly your recomendations and tasting notes if possible. Cheers guys
By the way feel free to talk about rare and expensive stuff too.. I just probably won't buy it
In the U.S., probably the most famed whiskey distilleries no longer in service are/were Michter's (PennCo) in Pennsylvania, the makers of what became A.H. Hirsch bourbons; and Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, KY, which made Old Fitzgerald, W.L. Weller, Cabin Still, Rebel Yell, et all (those labels survive under different ownership -- the distillery was mothballed in 1992).
I've been lucky enough to taste/select some barrels from the last distilling season of Stitzel-Weller (Spring 1992), so have a personal stock. Some of the more exotic, older labels bring uber-$500 prices at auction (mostly eBay).
Destillerier Speyside, Inaktiva:
Banff 1983 Demolished
Braes of Glenlivet / Braeval 2002 Mothballed
Caperdonich 2002 Mothballed
Coleburn 1985 Closed
Convalmore 1985 Closed
Dallas Dhu 1983 Closed (Nowadays a museum)
Glen Keith / Glenisla 1999 Mothballed
Glencraig 1980-talet Closed
Glenglassaugh 1986 Mothballed
Imperial 1998 Mothballed
Mosstowie 1981 Closed
Pittyvaich 1993 Demolished
Tamnavulin 1995 Mothballed
Ben Wyvis 1977 Demolished
Brora 1983 Closed
Glen Albyn 1983 Closed
Glen Mhor 1983 Demolished
Glenlochy 1983 Closed
Glenugie 1983 Closed
Glenury Royal 1985 Closed
Hillside / Glenesk 1985 Closed
Lochside 1992 Closed
Millburn 1985 Closed
North Port / Brechin 1983 Closed
Glen Flagler 1985 Closed
Inverleven / Lomond 1991 Demolished
Killyloch 1985 Demolished
Kinclaith 1975 Closed
Ladyburn 1970 Closed
Littlemill / Dunglass / Dunback 1994 Burnt down/Demolished
Rosebank 1993 Closed (Nowadays a restaurant)
Saint Magdalene / Linlithgow 1983 Demolished (Partly reconstructed into apartments)
Port Ellen 1983 Closed (Rebuilt into offices, stills now active in India)
Cadenheads does have a fair few bottles from closed distilleries - at no obvious mark up. They do (did?) an excellent Pittyvaich.
I think Tamnavulin still hopes to reopen. There is a lot of their OB around in Scotland at the moment - think Tesco and Vicky Wine.
Cadenhead Amsterdam have the following which I am looking at ... short list below including shop tasting notes
All Closed Distilleries and Cadenhead bottlings
Banff 1976 27yo Nose: Fruity-sweet. Coconut marshmallow with a hint of sweet oakiness and obvious vanilla.
Palate: Spicy-sweet, which was unexpected - nutmeg. Quite dry especially in the finish. Very tasty indeed. A distinct lack of oak considering its age. 137.00
Caperdonich 1977 24yo Nose: Heavy sherry flavours. Sweet oak. Nutmeg and liquorice. Palate: Soft icing sugar at first with some delicious marzipan. Oak and nut flavours in the finish 87.00
Convalmore 1977 26yo Nose: Bursting with marzipan and coconut flavours. Macaroon. Soft, but sweet. Palate: More coconut and vanilla with an incredible Amaretto aftertaste. At the lower strength it is still a stunner! 96.00
Imperial 1977 24yo Nose: Immediate butterscotch flavours. Hints of Mead wine and surprisingly coconut. Malty, milk chocolate flavours. Very complex and frech for its age.
Palate: Honey and spice is followed by cereal notes and a buttery finish. With a little water this one opens up nicely. 109.00
Lochside 1981 24yo Nose: Fresh sea air and dunnage warehouse smells. Palate: Excellent,rich lots of flavour and character with a spicy tang. 112.00
North Port 1976 20yo Nose: Freshly mown grass. Palate: Fresh on the tongue and strong in flavour even with the addition of water. Slightly smoky texture which dissipates quickly. 76.00
C_I wrote:IWC, I have to remind you.. Officially it is not allowed to serve drinks in a shop. So basically, no tasting.....
As for shipping, I think it is cheaper to ship the bottles from Holland to Ireland rather than from the UK to Ireland (I know, it sounds weird..)
Oh Bummer at least I have the bottles to look forward to
Nick Brown wrote:In the good old days, it cost the same to send post within the UK as it cost to send it anywhere in the EU. Whenever I lived in Belfast, I could never understand why it cost more to send a letter 100 miles south to Dublin than it cost to send my crossword entries 350 miles across the water to London.
I know it was the same here even though I still think it is the same price for me to Post to Dublin as Belfast which is something at least.
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