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Whisky Reviews

Old & Rare

  • Rare Batch 62 Rare Batch 62 Rare Batch 62 Old & Rare 10 April 2019

    Rare Batch 62

    Three more rare Moon Import whiskies from Dalmore, Glen Garioch and North British.

  • Rare Batch 61 Rare Batch 61 Rare Batch 61 Old & Rare 27 March 2019

    Rare Batch 61

    Moon Import’s revered Costume Series gets an airing in this week’s rare whisky reviews.

  • Rare Batch 60 Rare Batch 60 Rare Batch 60 Old & Rare 13 March 2019

    Rare Batch 60

    An ‘80s Ballantine’s, ‘60s Glen Albyn and ‘70s Glenlivet deliver impressively high scores.

  • Rare Batch 59 Rare Batch 59 Rare Batch 59 Old & Rare 27 February 2019

    Rare Batch 59

    Exploring more affordable rare whiskies with 1980s Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie and Longmorn.

  • Rare Batch 58 Rare Batch 58 Rare Batch 58 Old & Rare 13 February 2019

    Rare Batch 58

    A ‘gutsy’ ‘90s Sherried Bowmore, alongside textbook examples of ‘70s Bruichladdich and Caol Ila.

  • Rare Batch 57 Rare Batch 57 Rare Batch 57 Old & Rare 30 January 2019

    Rare Batch 57

    Three ‘70s and ‘80s bottlings from cult distilleries Brora, Glenlochy and Glenugie.

  • Rare Batch 56 Rare Batch 56 Rare Batch 56 Old & Rare 16 January 2019

    Rare Batch 56

    A trio of 1960s and ‘70s Signatory malts from Campeltown, Islay and the Highlands.

  • Rare Batch 55 Rare Batch 55 Rare Batch 55 Old & Rare 02 January 2019

    Rare Batch 55

    Kicking off the New Year with a diverse trio of illustrious Cadenhead Dumpies.

  • Rare Batch 54 Rare Batch 54 Rare Batch 54 Old & Rare 19 December 2018

    Rare Batch 54

    A rare Karuizawa and cult whiskies from Laphroaig and Royal Brackla astonish MacRaild.

  • Rare Batch 53 Rare Batch 53 Rare Batch 53 Old & Rare 05 December 2018

    Rare Batch 53

    Three full-bodied 1940s and ‘50s whiskies bottled for the US take Angus MacRaild’s fancy.

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  • Rare Batch 52 Rare Batch 52 Rare Batch 52 Old & Rare 21 November 2018

    Rare Batch 52

    A trio of early releases from the SMWS, including Glendullan, Glen Esk and Inchmurrin.

  • Rare Batch 51 Rare Batch 51 Rare Batch 51 Old & Rare 07 November 2018

    Rare Batch 51

    Three ‘70s whiskies from Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection: Allt-a-Bhainne, Auchroisk and Imperial

  • Rare Batch 50 Rare Batch 50 Rare Batch 50 Old & Rare 24 October 2018

    Rare Batch 50

    A ‘totally stunning’ 1974 Caol Ila sizes up to a magnificent Mortlach and 1930s blend.

  • Rare Batch 49 Rare Batch 49 Rare Batch 49 Old & Rare 10 October 2018

    Rare Batch 49

    Three old Glens demonstrate the breadth of styles being made in Speyside in the 1970s.

  • Rare Batch 48 Rare Batch 48 Rare Batch 48 Old & Rare 26 September 2018

    Rare Batch 48

    Three spirit-driven 1970s single malts from Ardmore, Glen Garioch and Glenlivet.

  • Rare Batch 47 Rare Batch 47 Rare Batch 47 Old & Rare 12 September 2018

    Rare Batch 47

    Angus MacRaild finds solace in three affordable vatted malts from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

  • Rare Batch 46 Rare Batch 46 Rare Batch 46 Old & Rare 29 August 2018

    Rare Batch 46

    Tasting three 1970s and 1980s Sherried beauties from Aberlour, Bowmore and Bruichladdich.

  • Rare Batch 45 Rare Batch 45 Rare Batch 45 Old & Rare 15 August 2018

    Rare Batch 45

    Three blends from the 1920s-50s have Angus MacRaild dreaming of a bygone era.

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  •  Rare Batch 44  Rare Batch 44  Rare Batch 44 Old & Rare 01 August 2018

    Rare Batch 44

    From the sublime to the downright disgusting, three rare whiskies from the ’60s and ’70s.

  • Rare Batch 43 Rare Batch 43 Rare Batch 43 Old & Rare 18 July 2018

    Rare Batch 43

    A trio of Gordon & MacPhail gems distilled around the time of the Second World War.

  • Rare Batch 42 Rare Batch 42 Rare Batch 42 Old & Rare 03 July 2018

    Rare Batch 42

    A high-octane tasting of Auld Niblick, Macallan ‘As We Get It’ and MacPhail’s Pure Malt.

  • Rare Batch 41 Rare Batch 41 Rare Batch 41 Old & Rare 20 June 2018

    Rare Batch 41

    Three rare Japanese morsels are examined, but not all of these Eastern drams show promise.

  • Rare Batch 40 Rare Batch 40 Rare Batch 40 Old & Rare 06 June 2018

    Rare Batch 40

    Three more affordable old bottlings: a mysterious malt, a rare Inverleven and a thumping Lagavulin.

  • Rare Batch 39 Rare Batch 39 Rare Batch 39 Old & Rare 23 May 2018

    Rare Batch 39

    Three accessible old whiskies, including Bruichladdich, Pride of Strathspey and a Reliance blend.

  • Rare Batch 38  Rare Batch 38  Rare Batch 38  Old & Rare 09 May 2018

    Rare Batch 38

    Three modern-era ‘legends’ are reviewed, from Balblair, Bunnahabhain and Springbank.

  • Rare Batch 37 Rare Batch 37 Rare Batch 37 Old & Rare 25 April 2018

    Rare Batch 37

    Three legendary (and rightly so) SMWS bottlings, including the very first from the society.

  • Rare Batch 36 Rare Batch 36 Rare Batch 36 Old & Rare 11 April 2018

    Rare Batch 36

    Angus MacRaild argues in favour of Port Ellen’s allure with three extremely rare bottlings.

  • Rare Batch 35 Rare Batch 35 Rare Batch 35 Old & Rare 28 March 2018

    Rare Batch 35

    An impressive, well-matured 1960s trio of single malts from Jura, Springbank and Tamdhu.

  • Rare Batch 34 Rare Batch 34 Rare Batch 34 Old & Rare 14 March 2018

    Rare Batch 34

    Some well-aged drams from Bruichladdich, Dalmore and Deanston are plucked from the vaults.

  • Rare Batch 33 Rare Batch 33 Rare Batch 33 Old & Rare 28 February 2018

    Rare Batch 33

    Three old bottlings that demonstrate the variety available in whisky’s back catalogue.

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  • Rare Batch 32 Rare Batch 32 Rare Batch 32 Old & Rare 14 February 2018

    Rare Batch 32

    Tasting a fascinating ‘70s Aberlour, a historic ‘40s Kilbeggan and a surprising ‘80s Fettercairn.

  • Rare Batch 31 Rare Batch 31 Rare Batch 31 Old & Rare 30 January 2018

    Rare Batch 31

    Head back in time with a 1960s Glenugie, 1950s Balblair and a rare 1930s Glamis single malt.

  • Rare Batch 30 Rare Batch 30 Rare Batch 30 Old & Rare 02 January 2018

    Rare Batch 30

    Tripping on fruity old Glenugie, fragrant 1960s Glenlochy and a flabby 1940s blend.

  • Rare Batch 29 Rare Batch 29 Rare Batch 29 Old & Rare 05 December 2017

    Rare Batch 29

    An early Aberlour bottled for the Italian market, plus ‘ghost’ malts from Brora and Lochside.

  • Rare Batch 28 Rare Batch 28 Rare Batch 28 Old & Rare 14 November 2017

    Rare Batch 28

    There’s a contemplative air as Dave Broom tastes old Glen Grant, Springbank and Tomatin.

  • Rare Batch 27 Rare Batch 27 Rare Batch 27 Old & Rare 24 October 2017

    Rare Batch 27

    Three more of Port Ellen’s legendary annual releases, all from 1979, come under the spotlight.

  • Rare Batch 26 Rare Batch 26 Rare Batch 26 Old & Rare 25 September 2017

    Rare Batch 26

    Dave Broom revisits three legendary Port Ellens, but wonders if the liquid is worth the hype.

  • Rare Batch 25 Rare Batch 25 Rare Batch 25 Old & Rare 22 August 2017

    Rare Batch 25

    Dave Broom gets to know three rare whiskies: a 1990 Ardbeg, 1977 Brora and 1967 Highland Park.

  • Rare Batch 24 Rare Batch 24 Rare Batch 24 Old & Rare 26 July 2017

    Rare Batch 24

    The first SMWS bottling of Longrow, plus a lesser-spotted Inchgower and a Tomatin from the 1970s.

  • Rare Batch 23 Rare Batch 23 Rare Batch 23 Old & Rare 05 July 2017

    Rare Batch 23

    A 1970s Glen Flagler bottled for Italy, a celebratory Glen Ord and a fresh 1980s Glen Spey.

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