The Whisky Exchange is a national treasure, and just round the corner from my office. It’s a wonderful place to discover artisanal tequila, small batch bourbons and of course a whole universe of Scotch whiskies.
Last night we attended TWE’s 8th birthday tasting – 6 whiskies that are 8 year olds but were all bottled in the 70s and 80s and so represent a different age of whisky making, when more distilleries made their own floor malts and stills were fired with coal, and there was a lot less consistency and some incredible complexity at only 8 years. All of the whiskies we tasted last night stand up to 25-30 year old whiskies we’re bottling today. What an incredible set of whiskies!
- Glen Scotia 8yo Bot 1980s OB, 40%
- Springbank 8yo Oval Bottle Bot 1970s OB, 43%
- Glendronach 8yo Dumpy Bottle Bot 1980s OB, 45.4%
- Glen Garioch 8yo Dumpy Bottle Bot 1980s OB, 40%
- Aberlour-Glenlivet 8yo Bot 1970s OB, 50%
- Ardbeg 1991 8yo #629-630 Signatory, 43%
Out of all of these rare bottles, the Springbank appears to have been the last bottle in existence, the rest are still available.