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 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.
Bottled in 2000, this sherry-cask Macallan 1975 was, we believe, the last Macallan 25yo Anniversary Malt with a stated vintage. A lovely colour on this Macallan, produced during the distillery's golden era.
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.
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 1960s, when the distillery was at its height.