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 very small release of 1961 vintage from Glenfiddich, with an outturn of just 56 bottles, packaged in a solid but elegant wooden box. Cask 9016, filled in the year that the farthing ceased to be legal tender in the UK, was selected by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman after 47 years of maturation.
A incredibly rare 60 year Mortlach from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. Just 100 bottles of this were released. Distilled in 1938, before World War 2 broke out, this is a piece of history. Presented in a crystal decanter in a copper, brass and wooden box with tray drawer containing a miniature of the same, this is simply stunning.
Something of a curio, this cask strength 1956 Macallan was originally bottled in the early 1970s as a 15 year old, before being repackaged and introduced as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
A 50 year old vintage Macallan, distilled the year that Queen Elizabeth became monarch and bottled shortly after the millennium at its full cask strength of 50.8% as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
An incredible set of spirits from Glenfarclas and Hine. Each was distilled in 1953, the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and aged for 58 and 60 years respectively. The set was released in 2013 and has been nicknamed 'The Auld Alliance'.
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).
A prestigious bottle of Macallan from the 1951 vintage. Released as part of their Fine & Rare series, this was bottled at an incredible 51 years of age with an impressive natural strength that was still up at over 50%.
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.