Rare Ayrshire (Ladyburn) 1975 37-year-old

Bought: KWM Wines & Spirits, 1st February 2016

Ratings:
90/100 – Whiskybase (average from 2 member votes)

Having closed in 1975 and demolished the following year, some 40 years ago, I wasn’t expecting to ever add a bottle of Ladyburn to my collection. Bottles are certainly very rare. Amazingly I found this one for under £200 and snapped it up fast. The independent bottler Signatory use the name ‘Rare Ayrshire’ rather than Ladyburn to describe the source distillery, possibly because they don’t have the rights to the original name. But it’s very much Ladyburn and most definitely rare.

The lowland Ladyburn distillery was built within the bigger Girvan grain complex in the mid 1960s so it only lasted 10 years. In 2009 the Prince of Wales opened another single malt facility at the Girvan plant called Ailsa Bay, which released its first bottling in February 2016. It’s quite harmonious that I bought a bottle to go with the Ladyburn distilled 4 decades before. My examples of lowland whisky are on the increase and with this Rare Ayrshire scoring 90/100 on Whiskybase, I’m delighted I got a good one.

Here is a You Tube review by ‘Master of Malt’ of a younger 34yo version of this Signatory ‘Rare Ayrshire’:

Rare Ayrshire 1975 37yo 70cl

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