The Ladyburn distillery was founded in 1966 by William Grant & Sons, located on the site of their large grain distillery in Girvan, Ayrshire. Ladyburn was not so much its own separate distillery as a pair of stills within the Grant complex, meaning that when it was shut down only 9 years later and didn’t leave any traces except for a few barrels of whisky. Most of the production was used in the Grant’s blends, making single malt bottlings extremely rare. Rare Ayrshire 44 Years Old Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary 1974 is one of those rare single malts, released by independent bottler Signatory Vintage for its 30th anniversary. The whisky was distilled on 10 May 1974, and matured in bourbon barrel #2606 for 44 years. It yielded just 122 bottles in June 2018. The result is a wonderfully mature Lowland single malt with floral, fruity, fresh vegetal and herbaceous layers.