Glenburgie 1980 36 Year Old - Old & Rare (70cl, 47.4%) ***sold***
Bottle No 256 of 257.
An independently bottled Glenburgie drawn from a single refill hogshead, distilled in November 1980 and bottled in 2017 as a 36 year old.
First established as Kilnflat distillery in 1829, the plant became known as Glenburgie in 1871 when it was bought by Charles Hay. After closing down in 1925, it was eventually acquired by Hiram Walker, alongside Miltonduff distillery, as the firm sought to build a portfolio to supply its newly acquired Ballantine's blend. Today the distillery and Ballantine's are still closely linked, so much so that there have been very few distillery bottlings, the most recent being a 15 year old under the George Ballantine & Sons banner, released in 2017. Prior to this, the majority of the rare examples of Glenburgie on the market came in the form of independent releases like this.
Hunter Laing & Co was established in 2013 by Stewart Laing. Having co-managed his father's Douglas Laing company with his brother Fred since 1982, the two eventually decided to split the company assets and strike out on their own with two separate enterprises. Stewart was joined by his two sons, Andrew and Scott, absorbing their Edition Spirits company in the process. Hunter Laing had grand ambitions beyond its traditional independent bottling roots, and announced its plans to open Ardnahoe distillery on Islay in 2016. The first casks were filled there two years later under the guidance of the legendary Jim McEwan.
This bottling part of their ultra-premium range, Old & Rare. Launched in 2001 and formerly the pride of the Douglas Laing portfolio, production of the label was moved to the Hunter Laing company when it was established in 2013.