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 single cask bottling of 1976 vintage Glenfiddich. This was the second private vintage to be released by the distillery and was bottled exclusively for Concorde flights in 2002, just a year before the fleet was retired. An incredibly rare, highly regarded bottling.
A rare and sought after bottling, despite 1966 being one of the more represented years in Balvenie's Vintage Cask range. A well aged and rich dram bottled from cask 6434 after about 32 years of maturation.
A very rare single cask distillery bottling of whisky from Balvenie. Filled into the cask on 9th April 1966 it was hand bottled at the distillery on 2nd June 1998, one of only 234 bottles filled from the cask.
An early 20th century bottle from the estate of Dr Alexander Mitchell Cowie, son of George Cowie who was the distillery licensee from 1854-1923. The family held a number of casks of Mortlach which were bottled, as this is, by Wm Sheed of Dufftown.
Bottled as part of Glenlivet's incredibly successful 'Cellar Collection' series, this is one of only 400 bottles released. This bottling was predominantly for the US market and as a result is extremely scarce on this side of the pond.
A rare special bottling of Macallan 12 year old. This was bottled for British Aerospace, with label and box carrying a specially commissioned picture of a BAe Jetstream, a turboprop plane which made its first test flight in 1980, therefore we can surmise that this was bottled in that decade.
A very rare Macallan - just 120 bottles of this were produced in 1996 for guests at an event to mark the retirement of Peter Nicol from the Macallan distillery after 43 years service. The malts used were chosen by Mr Nicol himself.
A beautiful set containing a bottle of Glenfarclas and 4 glasses. The set was commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the distillery on Friday 23rd May 1986, with the casks personally selected by John Grant.
A 1945 vintage Glen Grant from old whisky independent bottling specialists Gordon & Macphail. Whilst we don't know the exact age, we can tell from the style of label, this was bottled in the 1980s, making it at least 30 years old.
Glendronach 'Recherché' is a 44 year old single cask release. Bottled from the oldest whisky in the distillery's warehouses at the time of release, this has spent its whole life in an oloroso sherry butt. The name 'recherché' was chosen as it means carefully sought out. Just 632 bottles were released worldwide.
An incredibly rare single cask Glenfiddich, distilled in 1964 and aged for over 41 years. Each Private Vintage bottling is selected from a shortlist of 4-6 casks, selected by the malt master, and then hand bottled. Each bottle comes with in a sturdy cherry wood presentation box.
An incredible old whisky from the archives of Gordon & Macphail. Distilled on New Year's Eve in 1942 and bottled in January of 1993, this has spent over 50 years maturing in a sherry cask. An impressive slice of history.
A 25 year old Macallan from the Anniversary Malt range, This was distilled in 1958 and 1959 and bottled in 1986. The colour gives away its sherried nature and the whisky is accompanied by a delightful wooden box.
Despite being the No.1-selling malt whisky brand, Glenfiddich is occasionally accused by some malt fans of lacking real complexity. Older expressions, however, are a totally different matter, as evidenced by this masterpiece. The product of truly inspired cask selection and blending, atypically for a Speyside there is little or no sherry influence here, allowing the elegant, floral, slightly smoky distillery character to shine through. Made in batches of around 600 bottles per year.
An impressive first entry in The Glenrothes's Extraordinary Casks series, intended to showcase some of the older bottlings that they have in their warehouses. The whisky was bottled on April 4th 2012, making it about 42 years old, and is filled into a hefty crystal decanter with a hand engraved brass collar and stopper made from the cask it was matured in.