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 »
Gordon & Macphail's warehouses are a treasure trove for those looking for old whisky, and this is a prime example - a Glenlivet distilled in 1946. Luckily they make spirit that happily ages for many decades.
A 1966 vintage Macallan bottled as part of their 25 year old Anniversary Malt series. This was distilled in the same year the distillery's then owners (the Roderick Kemp Trust)reformed as a public limited company.
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 marvellous old bottle of Strathisla 1937 bottled by Gordon & Macphail at some point in the 1970s. This museum piece was distilled in the pre-war era when peat would have been used to dry the malt - expect a stunning whisky.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.