In the 1980s the Italian company Moon Import launched a remarkable series of bottlings, often including malts from what were then little-known distilleries. Due to their beautiful labels and the incredible quality and rarity of bottlings like Ardbeg 1966 and Dunglass 1967 these bottles have now become extremely collectable, with full sets of any of the series changing hands for thousands of pounds.
Moon Import started in the seventies and was at that time one of the biggest players, an independent bottler, in the whisky-world, and one of the first to show interest in Single Malt Whisky. Today Moon Import is still a very well known bottler with high quality whiskies, a strong reputation and with their focus on the Italian market. Their thirtieth anniversary was celebrated in 2010.
Whisky accounts for only a small part of their alcoholics in a collection of products that range from Champagne to Olive Oil and coffee. The company seems rather introvert and although they have had multiple ranges it is not easy to get hold of these.
Included here “The Animals” 1988: Bunnahabhain 1964, Dunglass 1967, Edradour 1971, Glen Grant 1964, Tobermory 1972, Tomatin 1965.
Whisky ranges current and from the past include names like: “Selezione Moon Import”, “30 Anniversario”, “In The Pink” (2000), “Horae Solaris” (1998), “Seven Seas” (1997), “De Viris illustribus” (1995), “Cars” and “Ships”. Older series are “Costumes” and “The Animals”, “The Sea” (all 1988), “The Birds” (1987) and still some others.
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