Membership to The Whisky Collective for 2016 costs R13 680 (including VAT and courier to main centres) and the first offering includes 2 bottles of Single Malt and 4 bottles of Cask Strength Whisky. In other words, R2 280 per bottle for something truly exclusive, once-off and unavailable anywhere else in the world!
There are only 30 mixed cases available on a first come, first served basis.
Members will also receive the first option to pre-purchase special bottlings that Whisky Live sources during the course of the year before membership opens to the rest of our database.
Glen Spey | Single Malt | 20-year old | 46% alc/vol | Speyside
Distilled at the Glen Spey Distillery in August 1991 and bottled in Glasgow in April 2012. Aged for 20 years in American Oak. Un-chill filtered, natural colour. Strength 40.0% alcohol by volume.
Glen Spey Distillery dates back to the 18802. Much of its whisky was bond for spirits merchant in St James’ London to be made into house blends. For Glen Spey that was Justerini & Brooks to be made into their own house blend, J&B. Giacomo Justerini emigrated from Bologna, Italy, to Britain in pursuit of an opera singer, Margherita Bellion, in 1749. While in Great Britain, Justerini made his living creating Scottish liqueurs. Brooks later became a partner with Justerini selling Scotch whisky. they were for a time part of Gilbeys, at which point there was a nutty, grassy eight-year old Glen Spey.
Auchentoshan | Cask Strength | 16 year old | 55.60% alc/vol | Lowland
The Auchentoshan distillery, which was established in the early 1800s, overlooks the River Clyde just 20 minutes from Glasgow City Centre. Auchentoshan is Scotland’s only triple distilled single malt. This unique distilling process – whereby the spirit is not distilled twice, as elsewhere in Scotland, but instead, three times – produces a delicate, smooth and light single malt. Auchentoshan is one of five remaining Lowland distilleries, the other four being Glenkinchie, Bladnoch, Daftmill in production in December 2005 and Ailsa Bay in production in 2009.
Benrinnes | Cask Strength | 16 year old | 56.50% alc/vol | Speyside
Distilled at the Benrinnes Distillery in November 1997 and bottled in Glasgow in October 2014. Aged 16 years old at 56.5% alcohol by volume. Un-chill filtered, no artificial colouring. A rich and very pleasant aromatic malt with a medium body. Long and robust dry finish.
Benrinnes, one of the dominant peaks of Speyside, is the picturesque setting of Benrinnes Distillery, thought to have been founded in the early 1820s. The mountain provides the water source for the making of the whisky. The distillery was closed briefly in the 1930s and in 1943. It underwent significant alterations in the 1950s. Benrinnes is used extensively for blending and is the major ingredient of Crawford’s blend at one time one of the big five blending houses of the mighty Distillers Company, the other four being Haig, Johnnie Walker, White Horse and Dewars
Glen Grant | Cask Strength | 22 year old | 51.10% alc/vol | Speyside
Distilled at the Glen Grant Distillery in October 1992. Bottled in Glasgow in February 2015. Aged 22 years in American Oak. Un-chill filtered, natural colour. Bottled at 51.1% alcohol by volume.
The house style is clean, fresh, floral and fruity. Perhaps tangerine, ripe melon with green apples. Medium bodied. A sweet sipping whisky with a complex afterglow. Makes for a great aperitif.
Two brothers, James and John Grant, after years of illicit distillation, decided in 1840 to develop a legitimate distillery. Situated in the whisky town of Rothes in Speyside Region, the distillery used water from the nearby Black Burn and stills were coal fired. Glen Grant was one of the first industrial buildings in Scotland to be equipped with electric lighting. The whisky has long been an integral component of Chivas Regal and is highly regarded by blenders. It is actually known as a first class whisky along with Glen Rothes and The Macallan. It is the biggest selling malt whisky in Italy.
Glen Scotia | Cask Strength | 23-year old | 50.50% alc/vol | Campbeltown
Distilled at Glen Scotia Distillery in February 1992 and bottled in Glasgow in July 2015. Aged 23 years in a refill hogshead. Un-chill filtered, no artificial colouring. 50.5% alcohol by volume.
The house style of Glen Scotia is of a slightly smoky, salty malt with a maritime influence coming through. Vanilla ice-cream and egg custard.
The distillery, which is situated in Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsular, was founded in 1832 by Stewart Galbraith & Company. At one time, Campbeltown was home to 30 distilleries. Glen Scotia is one of the last two great Campbeltown survivors and the other is Springbank. The distillery is said to be haunted by Duncan Macallan who bought the distillery in 1924. He committed suicide by drowning himself in Campeltown Loch in 1930 after realising he had been tricked out of a large sum of money by swindlers. Although £1 million was spent upgrading the distillery between 1979 and 1982 it was closed in 1984. Gibson International reopened it in 1989 but they then went into receivership in 1994. Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Limited then acquired it from receivership.
Aultimore | Single Malt | 24-year old | 46% alc/vol | Speyside
Distilled at The Aultmore Distillery in May 1990 and bottled in Glasgow in October 2014. Aged for 24 years in American Oak. Un-chill filtered, natural colour. Strength 46.0% alcohol by volume.
The Aultmore Distillery, just north of Keith, was built in 1896 and reconstructed in 1971. The distillery style is typical of the oakiness that characterises those whiskies made near the Isla river. In 1991, when it was owned by the United Distillers, they started to bottle their Fauna and Flora Series. It was later taken over by Bacardi in 1998.