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 »
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.
A rare distillery bottling of Glen Mhor, who closed down in 1983 and have since disappeared due to the demolishing of the buildings. This was a standard 10 year old bottling released in the 1950s, when the distillery was at its height.
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.
An ancient Mortlach 1938 bottled by G & M in the 1980s. This vintage seems to have been something of an annus mirabilis for Mortlach, with Gordon & Macphail having released several stunning bottlings. Fabulous old-school style with abundant tropical fruit and a drying oak edge.
A Gordon & Macphail bottling of 1938 Mortlach, distilled shortly before the outbreak of World War 2 and the corresponding redirection of distillery output to the war effort. It was aged for almost fifty years before bottling in 1985.
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 bottle of 1968 vintage Balvenie, bottled in 2000. Only 180 bottles ever existed of this, another delicious Balvenie with notes of nuts and citrus. This received 92 points over on whiskyfun.com from Serge Valentin.
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.
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.
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.