The lake has added a Malt Whisky tasting room to its lounge. This offers quests, by invitation the opportunity to taste and purchase many rare and special edition Malts rarely available. This is a working showcase giving customers the opportunity to learn more about the making and history of Malt Whisky.

Malt Vault

The earliest documented record of distilling in Scotland occurs as long ago as 1494, when an entry in the Exchequer Rolls listed "Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae" (water of life). This was sufficient to produce almost 1500 bottles, and it becomes clear that distilling was already a well-established practice. The primitive equipment used at the time and the lack of scientific expertise means the spirit produced in those days was probably potent, and occasionally even harmful. However, distillation methods soon improved, and in the 16th and 17th centuries considerable advances were made. The dissolution of the monasteries contributed to this since many of the monks, driven from their sanctuaries, had no choice but to put their skills to use. The knowledge of distilling then quickly spread to others. 

Our Port Bar carries many of the popular 8, 10 and 12 year olds but our Malt Vault is reserved for a few bottles of the special stuff and whilst you can see them in all their glory, kept under lock and key!

Ardmore 20 Year Old 59.2% ABV
Distilled on the 26th February 1990, and aged in a wine treated barrel (cask number 30118) before bottling by Signatory at cask strength on the 7th April 2010. A release of 355 bottles, all individually numbered. Mineralic, oily and big on raw, savoury, muscular peat smoke. Hints of damp grass, tarragon and spices. Huge on the palate with big citrusy peat attack, youthful spices, peppery. Long oily and peaty finish. Citrus fruits. £10.50

Auchentoshan 3 Wood 43%ABV (85/100 Points)
This malt has an old gold colour with a medium body.  Triple distilled and matured in three different casks, American Bourbon, Spanish Olloroso and Pedro Ximenez producing blackcurrant and brown sugar aromas which matched
by a fruity palate with hints of vanilla and cinnamon.  The finish is fresh with a long lasting oaky sweetness. £4.50 

Auchentoshan 18 Year Old 43% ABV (90/100 Points)
Zesty and refreshing with deep golden summer barley appearance. The nose is fresh tobacco then sweet with a hint of caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds. The palate has a floral freshness with barley sugar which gently ebbs to reveal a tangerine zestiness that leaves the palate alive and refreshed. It leaves a long well balanced dram that invigorates the mouth. £7.00

Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 43% ABV (86/100 Points)

The bright copper colour gives way to an elegant and smooth body.  Soft green fruits with freshly cut barley aromas it has a sweet chocolate and mint palate with hints of honey and oak.  The finish is long, sweet and warm. £8.00

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest 43% ABV (88/100 Points)
The nose is of peat smoke intermingled with rich fruits, raisins, dried plums & apricots with hints of chocolate. The peat smoke is not over whelming. Some slight hints of burnt caramel. The taste is quite mild but warming and it is also very earthy. Copper, like tasting a penny when you were a child. The finish is quite long and presents coffee & chocolate, some heather, oranges, malt and the earthy smokiness followed by very dry malt. £5.50

Bowmore 25 Year Old 43% ABV (91/100 Points)

A full and well rounded malt. The strong palate has a herb-like fragrance overlying hints of sherry and peat.  The bronze tint helps to produce a long and deep finish. £13.50

Bowmore 37 Year Old 1968 43.4% ABV (92/100 Points)
The 37 year old has a deep mahogany colour and a delicate candied fruit nose with underlying tones of cinnamon.  The lightly smoked palate with hints of exotic fruits and vanilla give it a delicate, soft and warming finish. £27.00

Balvenie Doublewood 12Year Old 40 % ABV (87/100 Points)
In the traditional whisky cask first where it mellows and builds a unique character, then a sherry cask which increases the complexity and depth to an amber colour. On the nose a sherry, sweet orange flavour with heather and spicy cinnamon on the palate. £5.00

The Balvenie Single Barrel, 15 year old, 50.4 vol (85/100 Points)  
The single barrel limited edition has a pale gold colour with an assertive dry, fresh oak and heather on the nose. A lively palate of Cedar and Pineapple like sweetness to leave you a pleasant dry peppery alcohol. £8.50

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 2nd Edition 46% ABV (84/100 Points)

Full bodied with subtle mellow richness and a rich satiny texture. The noseIs melon balls in honey, lemon meringue, fresh apricot and kiwi. Sweet oak and barley sugar on the palate. It’s graceful, balanced and vivacious. Silky smooth finish with zesty sea notes. £9.50

Bunnhabhain ‘Moine’ 58.4% ABV (86/100 Points)

Bottled 29/4/2009 for the 2009 Islay Whisky Festival 
Here’s a good example of a peated whisky – ‘Moine’ which means peat in Gaelic. The appearance of this is a pale lemon zest with a nice nose of elegant peat. Great smokiness but quite light. Some grassy and notes, but almost no fruits. Mouth: bold and quite fruity this time (strawberry, gooseberry, fresh pineapple). Lots of smoke. long finish, with a little pepper. £12.00

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 42.9% ABV (88/100 Points) 1963 Vintage Limited Edition

The colour suggests real age, as does the initially muted nose but in time there's crystallised ginger, raisin, mushroom, peach, fondant icing and hint of peat. It’s very gentle but still sweetly fruity and spicy and a crackle of energy in the middle. The finish is light and peaty. £25.00

Brora 30 Year Old 53.2% ABV (94/100 Points)
Limited Bottling – No 2260 from only 2652        
One of Diageo's Special Releases. This Brora 30 year old single malt comes from declining stocks of Brora which sadly closed in 1983.  First impressions on the nose is of butterscotch. With time, it turns into rich vanilla with oak and smoke and hints of lychee. The finish is light smoke and peaty. An earthy peat reminiscent of Talisker, but dialed way down. £28.00

Glenlivet 18 Year Old 43% ABV (87/100 Points)
The 18 year old has a sweet floral fragrance. It is distilled twice in copper pot stills and then aged in oak casks for 18 years. A very light touch of peat with some sweetness and a firm smoothness in body to a finish that is dry, very long and bittersweet. £6.50

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve 40% ABV (78/100 Points)
The ancient reserve from sherry oak casks (Spanish rather than American) gives this quite an old gold colour. On the palate a more mellow, rounded and restrained feel with a finish that’s nutty and a flowery hint of peat. £5.00

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 43% ABV (83/100 Points)
Launched in 2009 to give a fuller expression of the Award winning 10yr Old
A natural rich gold colour with coconut oil, lemon zest and honey on the nose. Initial taste is of toffee apple with some cinnamon. Mellow hints of sherry and soft oak to give a well balanced finish. £4.95

Glengoyne 14 Year Old 40% ABV (83/100 Points)
Appears Amber, syrupy with sauternes. Oak, sherry, digestive biscuits, Banana and apricot, peaches, marzipan and peardrops. Does not prick the nose, despite high strength. Initial Taste is Smooth and sweet to start with some sherry and chocolate with a very long finish. £5.95

Glengoyne 17 Year Old 43% ABV (90/100 Points)

A medium gold colour with some sherry, raisins, ripe apples and oranges on the nose. Initial tastes are treacle, malt with a slight nutty aftertaste. Long and rich with spicy oak to finish. £8.00

Glengoyne 21 Year Old 43% ABV (92/100 Points)
Has a deep copper colour and on the nose it’s red apples, toffee, sherry and spicy strudel. Oak with a developing aromatic sensation. Ends with a heavenly cinnamon nip. £9.95

Glengoyne 40 Year Old 45.9% ABV (94/100 Points)
Distilled Nov 1968 and 1 of only 250 bottles worldwide and the only one available by the glass. 
With a nose of red apples, crème brulee and strawberries and cream, the Glengoyne 40 Years Old offers a complex and oily mouth feel of ripe bananas, spiced plums, honey and cereal, before drying into grapefruit and soft oak, with a long and lingering dry finish. Our owner had the honour of tasting this and said it was truly fabulous. The darling of our Vault. 
£450 opening shot and £220 each successive shot

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask 56.2% ABV (95/100 Points)
Cask No:3184 148 Bottles Produced. 
Gold Medal Winner (The Malt Maniacs Awards 2007)
This Glenfarclas is particulary rare with only 148 bottles produced. A full bodied and heavily sherried Glenfarclas. Quite peaty, spicy yet sweet. A complex palate that evolves. Add a drop of water and enjoy  the whisky as it opens up, revealing a mix of maltiness and sherry in your mouth. A little vanilla, strong yet very warming. £32.00

Ledaig 32 Year Old 48.5% ABV (93/100 Points)
1972 Vintage, Bottled in 2004
This 'Dearly Departed' whisky is a rare, discontinued bottling. Finished its maturation in Oloroso sherry butts and has a deep natural colour. Un-chill filtered and bottled at natural cask strength. Smoke and sherry aromas start this malt beautifully and let the intense peaty notes come through the palate to finish with spice and pepper. £25.00

Highland Park 30 Year Old 48.1% ABV (86/100 Points)
A gorgeous autumnal nose of wood smoke and burnt orange and has a palate with hints of chocolate and sherry.  The finish begins wonderful and gets better.  It has a dry balance of sweet chocolatiness.£18.00 

Port Ellen 27 Year Old, Connoisseurs Choice 43% ABV (86/100 Points)

1982 Vintage, Bottled in 2009
One of the most sought after Single Malt Whiskies. The distillery was closed in 1983 and although the buildings remain. Port Ellen is a quintessential Islay – Peaty with some citrus notes on the nose, delicate ash but fruity palate and spicy peat smoke finish. £13.50

Laphroaig ‘Quarter Cask’ 48% ABV (90/100 Points)
Won a Silver Medal in 2005 from Malt Maniacs for ‘Daily Dram’ Award
Lovely organics aromas in the start. Medicinal elements growing stronger with hints of rubber & diesel.  There's a softer, fruitier side to the bouquet also. A big peat and smoke taste, quickly growing dryer and more medicinal. The finish is really long, and dries appropriately with smoke and spice. £6.00

Oban Distillers Edition 43% ABV. (80/100 Points)
1993 Vintage. Bottled in 2008.
An elegant malt smell, mixed with sherry announces this whisky. The taste is sweet and has pronounced character. Montilla sherry cask gives a certain elegance to a very good whisky. Quite a long finish with spices from the nosing comes back. Awarded a gold medal at the International Wines and Spirits Competition in 2002. £6.00

Smokehead 18 Year Old “Extra Black” 46% ABV. (90/100 Points)

Instant on the nose - full peat smoke, underneath lies earthy, chalky notes with ginger, mint and suggests cream and bananas. Starts light and briny with gentle cloves, smoke slowly builds with vanilla and cocoa. Fantastically rounded and smooth with a pleasing oily feel. Impressively long and dry to finish with smoke ever present. £9.50

Isle of Jura 36 Year Old Cask Strength 44% ABV. (89/100 Points)

Bottle No: 26/30
There are some stemmy hay notes and rich toffee. Whirls of smoke and surprising chewy peat and malt. An earthen rooty character reveals honey and fudge. The palate is full and robust. The peat is quite solid and rich with beautiful manuka honey and a syrupy mouthfeel. The smoke whirls in plumes of tumbling elegance. The finish is long and honeyed with spicy wood. £75.00

Talisker 30 Year old 50.7% ABV (92/100 Points)
A natural cask strength malt with appearance of full gold, with excellent beading. Subtle, with little to no nose-prickle. Fresh and fruity notes overtaken by sweet tar and heather root.  Intense and  smoky, with lemon juice and white pepper. Has a good texture, drinks very well at full strength.  Charred oak wood in a drying, waxy peat-rich conclusion. £22.00

Macallan 1974 34 Year Old 56.5%ABV (89/100 Points)
This natural cask strength malt has a rosewood colour and a nose which is rich in chocolate and orange aromas with a hint of woodsmoke.  The slightly peaty palate is balanced with blackcurrant and citrus fruits to produce a lingering, spicy and fruity finish. £40.00

Macallan 1970 32 Year Old 54.9% ABV (85/100 Points)
The 1970 has an elm burr colour with a powerful prune nose with a background of toffee.  The palate displays dried wood and dried fruit characteristics.  The Pedro Ximenez casks used give this a sherry like finish. £58.00

Macallan 1967 35 Year Old 55.9% ABV (87/100 Points)
The rich mahagony colour has a nose full of massive fruits.  The orange zesty palate now comes through with hints of spice and wood.  The long fruity finish has a late burst of wood. £67.00

Macallan 1959 43 Year Old 46.7% ABV (84/100 Points)
Rich rosewood in colour the nose is packed full of wood shavings and dried fruits with a hint of lightly malted barley.  Dried wood and dried fruit flavours are complimented with citrus flavours. The finish is spicy and tannic. 
£185.00 for 50ml and presentation case

Macallan 1969 32 Year Old 50.6% ABV (92/100 Points)

The colour is of rosewood and the nose is fronted by wood and nuts with undertones of dried fruits.  The palate is big and very woody and the finish is a balance of wood, fruits and cloves. 
£135.00 for 50ml and presentation case

All measures (shots) are 25ml unless otherwise stated.