Glenleven 12 Year Old from 1980s (75cl, 40%)
Glenleven is a blended malt produced by Haig's from six distilleries. This is a 1980s example of the product, produced after DCL packaged Glenlven in its Ascot Malt Cellar in 1982. The range was generally believed to be a precursor to the Classic Malts six years later, but considered as a somewhat half-hearted attempt to compete on the single malt stage with Macallan and Glenfiddich. So half-hearted in fact, that out of the six releases, two were still blends, this and the Strathconon brand from James Buchanan. Glenleven was latterly replaced by Royal Lochnagar.
John Haig & Co was established in 1824 with the foundation of the Cameronbridge distillery. Already part of a great distilling dynasty, John's uncles had all been distillery owners, and his aunt had been married to John Jameson in Dublin. John Haig & Co were one of the five founding members of DCL in 1877, although were run independently from it until 1919. Best known for its Gold Label and Dimple blends, which were sold all over the world, the firm were also granted the licences to the Glenkinchie, Mannochmore and Glenlossie malt distilleries by DCL, but never bottled their single malts. The company's prominence declined in the latter half of the 20th century, but Diageo have revived the Haig name it in recent times as the single grain brand for the Cameronbridge distillery.