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 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 very special Macallan for a very special occasion, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. This whisky has been drawn from the cask on February 8th, the date of the Queen's accession, and bottled at a strength of 52% to signify the beginning of her reign in 1952. Finally, to represent the 60th year of her reign, this special whisky is limited to just 2012 bottles.
One of the most collectable ever Macallans, bottled in 1996 for the 35th anniversary of the famous satirical magazine Private Eye (still essential reading). The vatting produced 5000 bottles and included one cask from 1961. This special edition is also unique in that it features a superb screenprinted label by the legendary gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman.
A 1949 vintage Glenlivet drawn from the scary end of Gordon & Macphail's well-stocked warehouses. Glenlivet is a spirit that can happily take a lot of aging and this one is a perfect demonstration, having sat in a cask for over 50 years..
A truly classic sherried Macallan, this 1979 is regarded as the best of the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s to showcase the extreme end of sherried whisky from the distillery. Scoring 91 points on Serge Valentin's whiskyfun.com, this is one of the landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years.