Broadly speaking, Speyside whiskies can be classified as falling into one of two camps. At one end of the spectrum there are the light, grassy, 'lunchtime whiskies' (please note that TWE advocates responsible drinking!) such as Glenlivet; at the other end lie the rich, sweet, sherried qualities of Glenrothes and Macallan. Read More »
A 1953 vintage Glen Grant from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. This was bottled in 2012 at the grand age of 58 years, all spent in a first fill sherry butt. Just 294 bottles were drawn from the cask. This bottling was given an average of 90 points by six of the Malt Maniacs.
A rare 1990s bottling of 1968 Glendronach 25yo, this is from the same period as the legendary Air Nippon bottlings of the same age and vintage, but is not a single cask and is therefore rather less heavy on the wallet than those exalted expressions.
One of a pair of 25yo sherry casks of Glen Moray 1959 released by Italian maestros Samaroli in 1984. This is from a single sherry butt that yielded just 240 bottles. Extraordinary colour for a 46% whisky.
A really incredible Glenfarclas - a forty-year old expression of cask-strength cult favourite 105, bottled late in 2008 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the appearance of the 105 expression. It's astonishing that they managed to maintain the 60% abv over forty years in sherry casks - this will be an epic dram.
A very special bottle of Aberlour 30 year old. This whisky was distilled in 1966 and has been aged for 30 years. This whisky has been matured in a mix of two Sherry butts and one bourbon hogshead. It was originally 52.1%, but has been reduced down to 43% for bottling. Limited to just 1000 bottles.
A very old bottle of Glen Grant bottled at 14 years of age by posh London wine merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd. We estimate this was bottled in the 1950s for the American market and imported by the Buckingham Corporation, who were instrumental in Berrys' brand Cutty Sark's success in the US.
A relatively young entry in Glenlivet's much vaunted Cellar Collection, distilled in 1980 and bottled 'only' about 31 years later. Initial reports have been excellent for this whisky, with praise splurging across the internet, and we're rather pleased to have grabbed a few bottles.
A 1965 vintage Macallan from veteran independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. Bottled in 2012 at well over 45 years of age, this was aged in a first fill sherry butt. As can be seen from the producer's tasting notes below, this is a classic 1960s sherried Speyside with notes of citrus, vanilla and butter fudge.
A 1966 vintage Glenrothes which was bottled exclusively for The Master of Malt to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the earliest record of Scotch whisky distillation. Matured for around 27 years and limited to only 50 bottles.