iDealwine’s reputation in terms of wine is unbeatable, but did you know that we also have an excellent selection of spirits for sale on our website? Not only that, but we also run fine spirit auctions in partnership with La Maison du Whisky.
In what follows, we present you with our magnificent, carefully-selected whiskies; their reputation precedes them!
This Scottish distillery sits on the shores of the Cromarty Firth in Alness, opposite the Black Isle peninsula in the Highlands. Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson – a wealthy merchant who made his fortune in the silk trade in China and opium smuggling –, its name comes from the Gaelic for “The large field”. From 1867 to 1960, this distillery was owned by the Mackenzie family. The house’s emblem – a deer head – actually comes from the family: it was the symbol of the Mackenzie clan. In 1960, the Mackenzie family sold the distillery to the owners of the Whyte and Mackay brand.
This house owns the oldest stills in the region (1874). Leather stills are used (for the second distillation), which allows the production of a very balanced and complex single malt (whisky produced from a blend of malt whiskies from solely one). The whiskies are for the most part aged in sherry casks from the bodega Gonzales Byass in Andalusia. They are then blended.
The result matches the ambition and efforts of this distillery, which produces among the best whiskies in Scotland.
The Scottish merchant house is located in Elgin in the heart of Speyside in the Highlands. Founded in 1895, it has made a reputation for itself as one of the most renowned in the country. Right up until the 1960s, Gordon & MacPhail was the only bottler in the iconic The Macallan distillery. This whisky maturer/bottler fills their own carefully chosen casks at their partner distilleries. They have become a true master in the art of ageing whiskies and has an exceptional stock of vintage single malts.
These whiskies are known particularly for their smoothness and great complexity.
Kavalan is a recent Taiwanese distillery (founded in 2005), situated in Yilan county, to the north-east of the island. Created from the outset with the aim of producing high quality whiskies, the distillery works with the best specialists, for example Jim Swan.
The whiskies are aged in exceptional oak casks. The quality of Kavalan whiskies was recognized by the specialist press very early on, and it has received many awards. They are known for reaching maturity earlier than Scottish whiskies.
Located in Rothes, in the Speyside region in the Highlands, the Glenrothes distillery was founded in 1878 by James Stuart & Co, who at the time owned Macallan. They opt for very slow distillation methods, resulting in very sweet, fruity distillations. These whiskies are known for their sweetness, finesse and elegance.
Located on the Isle of Jura, on the western coast of Scotland, the distillery of the same name is clearly one of the most isolated of Scotland. It was created in 1810 by Lord Archibald Campbell. These whiskies are unique in their style, something between the classic Highland whisky style and that of island malts.
The well-known Japanese distillery was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, one of the masters of Japanses whisky. After studying chemistry in Glasgow, he worked for several Scottish distilleries and married a Scottish woman, before returning to Japan in 1923. In 1934, he created his own distillery on the island of Hokkaido. From 1969, and to respond to the brand’s success, a second distillery was opened close to Sendai. Nikka whiskies continue to have a Scottish influence.
Located in Craigellachie, on the shores of the river Spey, in the Speyside region in Scotland, The Macallan was created in 1824 by Alexander Reid. It is now one of the most important and well-reputed distilleries of the region. This house ages its whiskies in sherry casks. Macallan whiskies are known for their power and complexity.
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