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 really beautiful old 1970s bottling of cask-strength Glenfarclas, one of the earliest examples we've seen of the distillery's pioneering 105-proof expression. Originally an 8yo, the 105's age statement was dropped sometime around the late 1980s or early 1990s to keep up with demand.
An 8 year old 1970s bottling of Glenfarclas. It was an interesting decade at the distillery, with the floor maltings ceasing to be used in 1972, the visitors centre opening in 1973 and the distillery being enlarged in 1976. As with many of the best Glenfarclas bottlings, this is at cask strength.
A bottle of Glenlivet's 'Unblended All-Malt' 20 year old whisky, bottled as a limited edition of 2400 bottles for the company's Italian importer Baretto. We believe this to have been released in the late 1960s, meaning the whisky would have been distilled immediately post-war in the 1940s.
A lip-smacking sherried Speyside at an amazing 49 years of age. Very few whiskies can stand this kind of ageing, which is just one of the reasons that Glen Grant is a great malt. The perfect gift for anyone born in 1957.
The second 1977 vintage of Convalmore from Diageo's Special Releases, with this 2013 bottling following the 2005. Official bottlings from the distillery are rare, and this is one of the best we've tried - an excellent balance of fruit and oak.
A 1956 vintage Glenrothes bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series in, we estimate, the 1980s. Judging by the colour this is very likely to have come from a sherry cask.
An old 1972 vintage bottling of The Glenrothes from the mid-1990s with the official short description 'Rich, Spicy, Fruitiness'. That'll be sherry, then, from a period during which Glenrothes produced some of their very best whisky. These early vintage bottlings are getting pretty scarce these days.
Ta-Daa! The first publicly-available bottling of Kininvie, workhorse for the Grant's stable. You may well have had Monkey Shoulder (which has plenty of Kininvie in it), but this is the first opportunity to try it as a single malt in its own right.