Bottle No. 2101, 2104
Diageo’s predecessor, United Distillers, launched Rare Malts selection in 1995. It followed The Classic Malts and Flora & Fauna series and originally included whiskies from closed distilleries, always bottled uncut and unchill-filtered.
As stocks diminished the company included rare vintages from the distilleries still in operation. Glen Mhor 1976 was bottled in 2005 at 51.9% abv with an outrun of 6000 bottles. The whisky was a vatting of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon barrels. The value of Rare Malts bottlings has been continuously growing; the series was phased out in 2005 and chances for relaunch are more or less zero.
Nose: floral and malty, wild flowers, moist hay, peaches, pears, traces of almonds and ground pepper, fading hints of smoke.
Palate: strong herbal notes, pepper, ginger, touch of cinnamon, lemon zest, apples, delicate honey and vanilla notes, touch of peat.
Finish: pretty long, combination of honey vanilla sweetness, herbal dryness and delicate peatiness.