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 »
An ancient dram aged for nigh on sixty years. Thankfully, Glen Grant is one of those special Speysiders (like Glenfarclas and Macallan) that is capable of withstanding immense oak ageing. An excellent malt.
A 1989 vintage Macallan selected as part of the Masters of Photography series, celebrating the work of Annie Leibowitz. This was matured in a sherry butt and features a photograph of actor & director Kevin McKidd entitled 'The Gallery'.
Part of the Annie Leibowitz collection in Macallan's Masters of Photography series, this 1996 vintage whisky was matured in an American Oak butt and is paired with a photograph of New York's iconic skyline, appropriately called 'The Skyline'.
An entry in Glenfiddich's Vintage Reserve range from 2001, chosen by a panel of experts, including the late Michael Jackson. This is different from the Vintage Reserves before it due to coming from a European oak sherry butt, rather than the usual bourbon casks.
A old bottling of Macallan whisky, bottled when they were still calling their whisky by the name Macallan-Glenlivet (something that was quite popular amongst distillers some years ago). This whisky was distilled in 1949 and bottled at 24 years of age in the mid-1970s.
Please note this bottle has a torn and stained label as shown in the photograph.
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.
A 1946 vintage Glenlivet from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail, who specialise in bottling older whiskies. Distilled just after the end of the Second World War, this has been aged for 40 years before being bottled.
An old bottling from one of Speyside's most popular distilleries by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail under their Smith's label. Distilled in 1940, this was bottled in 1982 at around 42 years of age.
It's a little known fact that the malt in this bottle is Macallan 1938. Just for comparative purposes, it's worth knowing that one of the officially bottled Fine and Rare 1938s weighs in at around ten grand.