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Macallan Whisky - Producer Portrait
Macallan Whisky - Producer Portrait
Macallan is one of Scotland's most popular whisky distilleries and its rare aged bottlings have become some of the world’s most collected and expensive whiskies on the planet. Founded back in 1824 it has been a stalwart of Highland Whisky ever since. More recently it has been at the forefront of the Scottish whisky revival and its 1926 release hit the headlines all over ...
BY George Koutsakis,
ON February 13, 2020
Experience The Dalmore: F+R Visits the Historic Highland Distillery
Experience The Dalmore: F+R Visits the Historic Highland Distillery
F+R’s George Koutsakis was one of just eight guests invited to visit Dalmore’s refurbished distillery to witness the launch of a one-of-a-kind 60 Year Old bottling to commemorate the distillery’s 180th anniversary. Alongside Macallan, Dalmore is leading the luxury end of the Scotch whisky revival, with its top designated aged whiskies now reaching astronomical prices. We explore this historic distillery following its refurbishment ...
BY George Koutsakis,
ON February 19, 2020
In high spirits
In high spirits
The spirits market has seen a decade of astounding performance – but what is happening, and what should you be looking to buy? The spirits market is booming. In October 2019, a bottle of 1926 Macallan FINE+RARE 60-Year-Old became the most expensive bottle (of either wine or spirits) ever sold at auction in the world, going for £1.5 million ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON January 21, 2021
A Seasonal Selection: Festive Gift Ideas
A Seasonal Selection: Festive Gift Ideas
With the festive season fast approaching, F+R is delighted to offer a selection of gifts befitting of collectors and connoisseurs of all things fine, rare and luxurious. From Whisky advent calendars and personalised Cognac bottles, to rare aged Burgundies released ex-domaine in perfect condition. There’s truly something for everyone this Christmas… ** The (Very) Old and Rare Whisky Advent Calendar With ...
ON October 18, 2018
The Glenturret: back to basics
The Glenturret: back to basics
When the oldest working distillery in Scotland found a new owner in 2019, many stood back and speculated on how its fortunes might change. Holly Motion speaks to the team about how a new approach has been a barnstorming success “In more recent times The Glenturret has not been a brand name that is well known in whisky.” While few might refute ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON September 20, 2021
On the Hunt for a New Whisky at Gordon & MacPhail
On the Hunt for a New Whisky at Gordon & MacPhail
Following the success of projects such as the Arbikie Highland Casks, we have been on the hunt for another one-of-a-kind whisky to add to our range. This search took us, naturally, to Scotland, a country synonymous with whisky, and the home of Gordon & MacPhail, the world-leading malt whisky specialist who have been selecting and bottling Single Malt Whisky for ...
ON October 18, 2016
Message in a bottle
Message in a bottle
From traditional single malt Scotch to the weird-and-wonderful and everything in between, there’s every chance an independent bottler had a hand in bringing this liquid to your lips. Holly Motion spoke to four bottlers about the category’s rich history and the important role they play in the spirits world Dalmore, Mortlach and Macallan fetch tens of thousands of pounds at auction today – but they likely wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for an independent bottler. In times of great economic hardship, Gordon ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON April 1, 2021
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 22 February 2016
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 22 February 2016
Our weekly roundup tells you what's been traded in week commencing 22 February 2016 and what to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks… What's Been Selling Big Hitters Good availability of interesting Domaine de la Romanée Conti surfaced and were picked off by collectors. Guado al Tasso captured the imagination this week, potentially inspired by the sad ...
ON February 26, 2016
F+R's Guide to Buying Bespoke Whisky Casks
F+R's Guide to Buying Bespoke Whisky Casks
The rare whisky market is a competitive place. Across countless auctions houses, online retailers, and secondary trading groups, collectors the world over close deals each day. Well-aged, limited bottles are at the forefront of the rare whisky market, however, there is another branch of whisky to invest in and enjoy that remains quite undiscovered when compared to bottles. We’re talking about casks, and ...
BY George Koutsakis,
ON February 26, 2020
Glenfarclas Distillery - Family First
Glenfarclas Distillery - Family First
The Glenfarclas distillery is one of Scotland’s most successful. What sets Glenfarclas apart is the family that owns it and has done so for six generations. While most large distilleries in Scotland nowadays are owned and run by large drinks companies and corporations, the Grant family continues to take pride in owning Glenfarclas, seen fully through their timeless slogan- ‘The Spirit of Independence.’ Glenfarclas ...
BY George Koutsakis,
ON March 19, 2020
Authentic agave: Clase Azul
Authentic agave: Clase Azul
In a world filled with big brands, Clase Azul is a tequila producer looking to do things differently. Holly Motion finds out why the artisan brand is determined for tradition to trump trends It is little wonder there has been a veritable tequila gold rush, after celebrity-backed brands have sold in excess of $1bn, and the category continued to report double-digit growth during a global pandemic. This growth wasn’t just ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON February 19, 2021
Ardross: the butterfly effect
Ardross: the butterfly effect
After years of painstaking renovation and restoration, the £30 million Ardross project is about to take off. Founder Barthélémy Brosseau tells Holly Motion all about the contrarian Northern Highlands distillery’s transformation and why this team is proud to be different Ardross is a new Scotch whisky distillery. You’d be forgiven for rolling your eyes about now. Over the past few years ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON July 7, 2021

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