Famous amongst whisky connoisseurs, this brand offers unusual single malt whiskies. In 1980, 114 malt distilleries were in production; in 1995 there were just 85. Some of these distilleries have been completely closed with no plans to re-open them; others have temporarily ceased production, i.e. 'mothballed'. The reasons for the closures are varied, but it would be a great pity if the malt whiskies produced by these distilleries were lost forever. Each one has its own unique and distinctive characteristics, which could never be recreated by another distillery. For years, Gordon & MacPhail has made a policy of buying malts in bulk from distilleries, maturing them and bottling them, therefore saving many of them from extinction. You will find most under the Connoisseurs Choice label.