Country: Scotland
Region: Lowlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 50.4%
Score: 95 points

Ladyburn 1973. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.Ladyburn is one of the hardest distilleries to find a bottle from today. It was only open between 1966 and 1975 at the William Grant & Sons Girvan distilling complex, and the distillery was demolished in 1975 when Grant’s needed the space to expand its grain whisky distilling operations. Only 3,000 bottles of this 27-year-old single malt were ever released.

The nose is aromatic and complex, with notes of butterscotch, honeycomb, a soft oakiness, just a kiss of smoke, and subtle baking spices. The taste starts off with butterscotch and honey notes followed by a gradual buildup of soft baking spices and dried fruits. The finish is long and smooth with subtle spices, dried fruits, and a hint of oak. Wow! (November, 2o18)