Inside The Glenrothes, Speyside’s Reclusive Source of Distinctive Ultra-Aged Whiskies

A rare look into this Scottish hub of tradition and creativity

Take a drive north out of Dufftown on Scotland’s A941 as it hugs the banks of the River Fiddich (and later the River Spey) and there’s no mistaking where you are. The Speyside region is home to the highest concentration of whisky distilleries in Scotland, and from the road you’ll see some of the most storied names in Scotch whisky—Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, The Macallan, John …

Grand Cru Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bridging the gap between liquid French refinement and spiritous Scottish prestige, Glenfiddich introduces Grand Cru, a permanent addition to their portfolio. The 23-year-old liquid finishes for up to six months in French cuvée casks from the Champagne region. Dark gold in color, the 80 proof whisky coats the mouth with lavish creaminess. It’s smooth from start to finish and imparts elegance along the way.

September Scotch: Aberlour A’bunadh Alba

A spirited sibling for one of Speyside's cult-favorite single malts

Aberlour may be the sixth best selling single malt worldwide (and number one in France) but its presence in the US lingers only in the Glencairn glasses of those who know of its grandeur. From their historic Speyside, Scotland distillery, a core range includes several delectable age statement whiskies and the beloved no age statement, cask-strength A’bunadh (pronounced a-boone-ack). This award-winning product—produced in carefully monitored …