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 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 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.
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.
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. A masterpiece.
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.
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 very rare old bottling of 1939 Macallan, bottled when Gordon & Macphail were still the distillery's official bottlers. This was aged in sherry casks for 37 years before being bottled for the Italian market in the mid 1970s.
One of only fifty collection packs featuring all five of the 'Decades' series of Glenlivet, released by Gordon & Macphail in 2011. Included are one bottle each of the 1954, 1963, 1974, 1980 and 1991 releases. Please note that the strength quoted here is the average strength of the bottles in the set.
A rare 1950 vintage Macallan. This was bottled in 1981 with a delightfully handwritten label. This was matured for so long, it was distilled when the distillery had only 6 stills and was bottled when it had 21, which was 3 expansions later.
Please note this bottle has a low fill level as shown in the photograph.
An extraordinary bottling of Glen Grant 1954 by Ian Macleod, owners of the glengoyne distillery. Just 100 bottles of this have been produced. A sensation at The Whisky Show 2009, where it was undoubtedly one of the finest whiskies at the whole show.