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 »
Distilled on 4th February 1954, first fill sherry butt number 371 was laid down in the warehouses at Linkwood distillery. It was moved to Gordon & Macphail's bonded warehouse in Elgin in 1968 and bottled on 24th November 2010 at the grand old age of 56.
A 1953 vintage Glen Grant, bottled at over 50 years old by Gordon & Macphail. This was an important year for the distillery, as they merged with Glenlivet to form the imaginatively titled Glen Grant and Glenlivet Distillers Ltd and commenced the expansion that led to the latter being the second biggest malt in the world.
A simply stunning refill sherried Glenfarclas at a phenomenal age. What is amazing about this whisky is that the oak is not too intrusive and while there is obviously a big fruitcake sherry character, it isn't overwhelming and the balance is still there. Probably one of the greatest malts ever released from this truly great distillery.
A fine looking bottle of seldom seen whisky from Speyside's Strathmill, a replica of that bottled in the 1940s and emblazoned with original's price (12/6) and tax (8/5). This was bottled for Strathmill's Centenary in 1991 and was given only to staff.
A marvellous Gordon & Macphail bottling of ancient Strathisla, distilled in 1953 and bottled over 55 years later. Even better, for their most recent bottlings Gordon & Macphail have upped the strength to 43% from 40%. This should be phenomenal for lovers of the style.