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Prima & Ultima
The First and Last Bottlings of Exquisite and Elusive Single Malts

The second release of Prima & Ultima showcases a series of eight magnificent, incredibly rare, single malt Scotch whiskies. Hand-selected by Master Blender Maureen Robinson from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries: Brora, Lagavulin, Mortlach, Talisker, Convalmore, Auchroisk, Linkwood and The Singleton of Glendullan, the Prima & Ultima collection offers a unique opportunity to build an expertly curated, inimitable liquid library.

£23,500 (including UK Duty & Taxes)
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The Series Continues

Following the outstanding success of the inaugural Prima & Ultima, curated by celebrated Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge OBE, comes the hotly anticipated second release. This year Jim has passed the baton to Master Blender Maureen Robinson to continue the story of Prima & Ultima.

Embodying the very best in Scotch, each whisky in the collection tells a tale of heritage and craftsmanship. From Brora, now reopened in the Highlands, comes a whisky from the golden age of peat - drawn from one of the last casks of the era. From the lingering smoke of Lagavulin on Islay comes a supremely elegant whisky, made from just five experimental casks and from the rugged shores of Skye, a deliciously mellow, maritime Talisker; these are malts that mark moments in time.

“I remember choosing to hold back the cask filled at Auchroisk knowing it would be special for the future and the anticipation and excitement of the maturation trials we undertook with Linkwood and The Singleton, now realised in these releases. Some of these casks I helped to lay down, and have taken great pleasure in tending to them since, so I chose them with rich memories in mind. Each has its own unique style, which you can now explore for yourself."  Maureen Robinson, Master Blender

For this year’s Prima & Ultima curation, Maureen has focused on mature whiskies with distinctive histories and flavours which she personally regards as exceptional. Honouring the sunrise and sunset in whisky history of some of Scotland’s most sought-after distilleries, this year includes appearances from ghost distillery Convalmore; a piece of history from Auchroisk; an extraordinary maturation from The Singleton and a Linkwood that was part of a pioneering trial exploring different maturation processes.

Every set of Prima & Ultima includes the eight single vintage bottlings and is accompanied by 20ml tasting samples of each whisky, eight unique glasses engraved with a bespoke design reflecting the story of their cask and a booklet of Maureen’s personal reflections.

As an avid collector myself, Prima & Ultima represents an incredible opportunity to covet and appreciate some extremely rare, limited edition bottlings. It is not only the quality of the whiskies that excites me, but also the unique stories behind every one of them. For example; the Brora 1980, made from the very last casks filled that year; the Convalmore 1984, a rarely seen ghost distillery; or the Auchroisk 1974, a single cask bottling drawn from the first cask to be filled at this excellent Speyside distillery. Each bottle demonstrates the pinnacle of craftsmanship.

Tod Bradbury - Head of Rare & Collectable Whiskies at Justerini & Brooks

The Liquid Library

Auchroisk, 1974, 47 Year Old

Auchroisk, 1974, 47 Year Old

ABV: 48.7%
Bottled: 26.01.21
Cask: Single Refill European Oak Butt
Number Bottled: 382
Region: Speyside

The very first cask to be filled at Auchroisk when distilling began on 15th January 1974, this cask has been kept back for many years for character and its rarity.

Auchroisk, 1974, 47 Year Old

This single European Oak butt was the first cask filled at Auchroisk when distilling began on January 15th 1974. The clear new-make spirit was unusually smooth and sweet; a fact reportedly acknowledged by a rival distiller as the first whisky flowed from the stills at the opening ceremony. He may have been tasting this very whisky. Maureen has had this cask reserved for many years – due to both its unique character and its rarity. This whisky is the oldest Prima & Ultima release in this collection, and after 47 years she considers this unrepeatable bottling to be something of a miracle. It is the very first Auchroisk. The oldest ever bottled. A cask wonderfully rich in flavour. And the only opportunity you may ever have to drink a single malt whisky this mature, from the first cask filled on the distillery’s first day.
Remarkably rich and spicy, with fruity aromas and smooth flavours that have evolved so well. Sweet baked apple on a brambly, wooded base leads into a creamy texture and a sweet taste, bold on the tongue with rich fruits, that softens to a spicily drying finish.

Brora, 1980, 40 Year Old

Brora, 1980, 40 Year Old

ABV: 49.4%
Bottled: 18.01.21
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogshead
Number Bottled: 505
Region: Highlands

The very last of the 1980 casks, distilled during the golden age of peated Brora. Stored separately for safe keeping, reunited for this final 1980 release. A fitting tribute to a great legacy.

Brora, 1980, 40 Year Old

The Brora distillery closed in 1983 and the limited remaining stock is both dwindling and finite. Three hogsheads were kept back of this superb example for a special reason; they are the very last of our 1980 casks, distilled during the golden age of peated Brora. Stored separately for safe keeping, they have been re-united for this final 1980 release.
This relaxed superstar has a lightly drying aroma, with mineral and maritime top notes backed by soft notes of almond oil and light smoke. The texture is smoothly waxy and the rounded taste is sweet and smoky, with an enticing bittersweet note of burnt caramel and a sprinkle of salt. Fragrant smokiness lingers in the long, warming finish.

Convalmore, 1984, 36 Year Old

Convalmore, 1984, 36 Year Old

ABV: 48.6%
Bottled: 25.01.21
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogshead
Number Bottled: 647
Region: Speyside

Taken from three American Oak hogsheads filled on Thursday 22nd November 1984, a matter of months before the distillery closed forever. A fine farewell for this rare and elusive malt.

Convalmore, 1984, 36 Year Old

The golden, smooth character and rich, sweet fruitiness of Convalmore are at their mature peak in this, our last 36 year old. Very little of the malt from this little known, but much loved ghost distillery remains. This release comes from three American Oak hogsheads filled on Thursday, November 22nd1984, a few months before the distillery closed. This exceptionally sunny Convalmore was made just at the time when Maureen was mastering the art of nosing. This in turn enabled her to see each malt whisky as an individual, rather than just a representative of its region, and armed with this insight she became a blender. There is inevitably a certain sadness that this way of seeing things came too late to save Convalmore from closure. As a Speyside, it was one of many, yet judged by taste, it stood alone. A total eclipse of the sun occurred on the very day these casks were filled. Savour this fine farewell to a fast disappearing malt, and you may find that a fitting metaphor...”
The mild nose is rich in sweet aromas on a woody base; the top notes suggest pale fruits such as lychees, white grapes or melon, all with gentle acidity. The texture is thick and creamy-smooth, while the vibrant taste skilfully balances sweet hints of mandarin orange with a peppery, oaky dryness. The finish oozes rich, sweet warmth with light spice, and traces of coconut in the aftertaste.

Lagavulin, 1992, 28 Year Old

Lagavulin, 1992, 28 Year Old

ABV: 47.7%
Bottled: 20.01.21
Cask: Charred American Oak Hogshead
Number Bottled: 1,081
Region: Islay

The first of its kind from a small experimental batch matured entirely on Islay in freshly charred American Oak hogsheads, this is a very rare Lagavulin.

Lagavulin, 1992, 28 Year Old

This is a very rare Lagavulin, the first of its kind, from a small experimental batch matured entirely on Islay in freshly charred American oak hogsheads. The idea came from a time when Maureen and her team were trying out different maturation techniques, and they anticipated that those active casks would mellow its smoky nature in time. When they tasted the liquid some years ago it was clear to them that it had the potential to be aged for a long period, and like a good wine she felt it still needed extra time in cask to settle down. That would bring roundness to the palate as the spicy intensity of youth abated, and so allow the full elegance to come through. Maureen was able to reserve just five of these special casks, all filled on the same day.
Mellow aromas of linseed oil and fragrant smoke introduce a smooth texture. The lightly sweet and smoky taste starts softly, with a pinch of salt mid-palate, then becomes oaky with vanilla spice and gently drying. It quietly builds in intensity and finishes long, leaving a sweet gingery warmth and light smoke in the aftertaste.

Linkwood, 1981, 39 Year Old

Linkwood, 1981, 39 Year Old

ABV: 52.9%
Bottled: 25.01.21
Cask: American Oak, PX Oloroso Seasoned
Number Bottled: 701
Region: Speyside

Part of the first pioneering trial exploring different maturation processes at the distillery, this triple-rare expression gives it an incredible depth.

Linkwood, 1981, 39 Year Old

This lovely Linkwood comes from a special small batch matured for twelve years in refill casks, then set aside to double mature for more than a quarter of a century in four casks of new Pedro Ximénez/Oloroso seasoned American Oak. It is rare to use new American Oak, even rarer to season it with PX/Oloroso, and rarer still to carry out a long double maturation in such highly active casks. Part of an extensive trial of different maturation processes, this triple-rare expression has given us a Linkwood of incredible depth. The rich flavours and aromas of a PX/Oloroso-seasoned cask are deeply integrated with the creamy texture and spicy, toasted characters brought by the new American Oak.
Profoundly rich, the nose offers notes of dark, moist Christmas cake, mince pies and crystalised orange peel, backed by polished oak. The texture is smoothly creamy and the sweet taste is intensely fruity, with rich notes of ripe plum. The sweetness stays throughout, the second maturation also contributing to an oaky dryness. A drop of water even increases the sweet smoothness.

Mortlach, 1995, 25 Year Old

Mortlach, 1995, 25 Year Old

ABV: 52.4%
Bottled: 19.01.21
Cask: PX Oloroso Seasoned European Oak
Number Bottled: 454
Region: Speyside

Taken from a single very special 1995 Pedro Ximénez/Oloroso seasoned European Oak butt, this 25 Year Old tames the meaty, robust strength of Mortlach.

Mortlach, 1995, 25 Year Old

This is a rare opportunity to glimpse a nobler, deeper side to the whisky famous as “The Beast of Dufftown”. It comes from a single very special 1995 Pedro Ximénez/Oloroso seasoned European Oak butt. Not merely the last of its kind, it was always marked for greatness during its time maturing in Warehouse No. 3 at Mortlach distillery. Known as ‘The Lone Wolf’ because it stood out from the pack as being exceptionally complex and richly individual in character. As Maureen and her team carefully watched over it, this cask has done a striking job of taming the meaty, robust muscularity of Mortlach, which can come to dominate older expressions. The result is deep in aroma and flavour, yet is even smoother and richer in texture. A remarkable dram that holds sweetness and spice in perfect balance, and gives away nothing to the years.
At natural strength, the aromas are rich and complex, with a succession of fruity and fragrant notes. The texture is creamy-smooth. A very sweet, fruity and luscious start leads into a malt that is deliciously rich and full flavoured, letting these traits shine; the whole impression is proud, rounded and balanced. Lightly oaky and very lightly drying, it has well-controlled tannins. A drop of water evens it out, the sweetness still balanced by fruity acidity. It is, quite simply, delicious; a magnificent, many-layered mature malt with a character as individual as that of the uniquely complex distillery in which it was made.

Talisker, 1979, 41 Year Old

Talisker, 1979, 41 Year Old

ABV: 47.5%
Bottled: 26.01.21
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogshead
Number Bottled: 556
Region: Skye

Selected from the last four 1979 refill American Oak hogsheads that spent their time in the storm lashed warehouse, No.4, Talisker’s closet chamber to the Atlantic Ocean.

Talisker, 1979, 41 Year Old

Made by the sea, Talisker is renowned for its maritime character. These are the last four 1979 refill American Oak hogsheads to have spent their lives maturing in the special Talisker warehouse closest to the sea, No. 4. The white walls are by turns soaked, freezing, dry and warm as the seasons turn and the micro-climate in this oasis of calm reflects the wildly varied weather of the Isle of Skye. This is a supremely rugged, smooth and muscular sea-lion of a Talisker. Unfortunately, there was precious little left in each cask.
The nose is characterful, with lightly oily and smoky top notes that lead into scents of the sea-shore; sweet edible seaweed, sea-breezes and warm sand. A deliciously mellow, lightly oily texture introduces a sweet and rich start, the smokiness rolling in with, yes, a little salt mid-palate. It is peppery too, as you would expect, with chilli in the warming finish and more linseed oil in the aftertaste.

The Singleton of Glendullan, 1992, <br/>28 Year Old

The Singleton of Glendullan, 1992,
28 Year Old

ABV: 60.1%
Bottled: 19.01.21
Cask: Double Matured in Madeira Casks
Number Bottled: 420
Region: Speyside

One of the most extraordinary maturations from The Singleton, first kept in refill wood, before double-maturing in two small ex-Madeira barriques for another fourteen years.

The Singleton of Glendullan, 1992, <br/>28 Year Old

Probably one of the most extraordinary mature Singletons we have ever created. Originally distilled in 1992, this whisky was first matured in refill wood and then moved into two Madeira casks for a further fourteen years of secondary maturation. These two small ex-Madeira barriques were the subject of a one-off trial - the first time Madeira wood was used, and for such a lengthy secondary maturation. A leap of faith at the time, her intuition has been richly rewarded with a whisky where the sweet richness of the casks beautifully compliments the light and elegant distillery character.
Fresh and lively, the mild nose rests gentle citrus notes of sweet mandarin orange on a bed of sweet toffee and cut grass. Rich and creamy in texture, the taste is immediately very sweet, fruity and intense with juicy orange fruit. A growing savoury-spicy warmth then covers the palate, seeming to fizz in its desire to please. It is creamy in the development and has a long, drying finish.

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This is a selection of very special single malts – some that have never before seen the light of day and others that are the fleeting and final examples of their kind. Each bottling shares a glimpse into the history of Scotch and one that I am honoured to have witnessed in person.

Maureen Robinson, Master Blender
Prima &amp; Ultima

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Delivery of rare and collectable whisky from Justerini & Brooks is currently available to 29 countries.

The price of Prima & Ultima, inclusive of UK VAT and Duty is £23,500 (8x70cl), the final price will be subject to local taxes and duties as they apply to the shipping destination, and this will be at the collectors’ responsibility. Registration will open on the 4th August and close on the 23rd August 2021.

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