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 1949 Macallan, aged for 52 years and released as part of their Fine & Rare range of vintage whiskies. Looks like they got this one in the nick of time - the natural bottling strength is listed as 41.1%.
Bottled around 2001, cask 609 of this 1948 vintage Macallan reached the grand old age of 53 years old before being deemed to be in the perfect condition for bottling as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
Something of an oddity, here - this Macallan 1947 was originally bottled for Italy in 1962 as a fifteen year-old, before being repackaged for the Fine and Rare range. This is likely to be more peaty than today's Macallan, as the distillery was forced to use peat in the kilns for a few years during and after WWII because of the scarcity and high price of coal.
A 1946 vintage Macallan, aged for 56 years (so bottled around 2002) and released as part of their Fine & Rare range of vintaged whiskies. The period immediately post-WWII is considered one of Macallan's finest, with more smokey aromas and flavours in the barley as a result of increased peat use for distillation.
Bottled in 1991 in a limited edition of just 500 bottles, this whisky came from a batch of nine casks laid down in the 1930s (one cask was laid down for each of William Grant's nine children, who had helped to build Glenfiddich distillery in the 1880s).
This is only the second ever official bottling of Glenfiddich 50 year old, and has been created from two casks (a 1955 and a 1957) married for six months before bottling. Just 500 bottles of this extraordinary whisky have been created. They are released on a strict global allocation of 50 bottles per year for the next ten years. Each bottle is decorated with Scottish silver and is housed in a hand-sewn leather box with a leather bound book and signed certificate.
A very rare 1940 vintage Macallan, this whisky was first bottled in 1977 and supply has been eked out with tiny allocations in the last few years since being introduced as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
A very old vintage Macallan distilled in 1939 as WWII was breaking out in Europe and bottled at the end of the 1970s at 40 years of age. One of the earliest vintages in the distillery's prestige Fine & Rare series.
The second release of Gordon & Macphail's incredible 70 year old Glenlivet. This is the remaining whisky drawn from cask 339, filled in 1940, and bottled in a teardrop shaped crystal decanter at full cask strength of 45.95%. A slice of liquid history.
The jewel in the crown, this for us is the most special aged Macallan whisky ever bottled. Christmas cake style fruit with all the complexity of a classy aged malt. This Macallan is in a league of its own and proudly sits alongside the more recent Lalique range.
One of the first ever 50 year-old single malt whiskies ever released, however although the label states ‘Over 50 Years Old’, this Macallan 1928 was actually bottled in 1983 (making it in fact a 55 year-old).