I remember selling my last Connoisseurs Choice bottle of Kinclaith, it was 1996 and it sold for under £40. I tried ordering more but was advised ‘that’s it – no more’, now you can expect to pay £800.
A bit of a shock then and a disappointment even now. With almost all closed distilleries no longer available for a price comparable with active brands it’s getting harder to source distilleries that were closed in the 80′s and 90′s. Our allocation of CC Banff for example, for the next six months is one bottle.
The whisky market is changing and I told you so; I wrote in 1996 that then was the time to buy Scotch, “buy now while stocks last” I wrote. They lasted well, but now it’s time to close some more distilleries, or re-address our expectations. Hey-ho.
So why the ramble Richard? Weeeel I’ll tell you. Last night we opened a bottle of Linlithgow that took me back to all the other great Linlithgows that I have enjoyed in the past. Closed in 1983 this is just sublime and reminiscent of the £120k, yes – one-hundred-and-twenty-thousand-pound, John Walker I was supping in March (that story to come). This Linlithgow got me thinking again about the changes ahead, this MacKillop’s bottling is a treat and not too dear considering everything.
Also in stock and tasted are a delightful 19yo Scapa and a unique sherry matured 19yo Bruichladdich that’s very rich.