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Speyside Whisky

Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibit superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, including the world’s best-sellers: The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan.

The Speyside style has altered over time, a traditional Speyside single malt would be more akin to a Highland whisky, with a definite robustness and a marked peat. More recent expressions are lighter, sweeter whiskies; honeyed and fine. Lacking the peat of Islay or the Highlands, the ozone and salinity of coastal malts or the dry, perfume of the Lowlands; Speyside whiskies are sweet and subtle. There is however, no hard and fast rule as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, for more than half of Scotland’s distilleries are to be found in this sub-region of the Highlands.

Older variants, particularly from those powerhouse distilleries: Macallan and Glenfarclas are often well-sherried, thick drams. There is a tendency to steer away from heavily finished whiskies, indeed most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks. A heavily sherried Speyside single malt to be the perfect companion to a medium-bodied cigar, and a particularly well-aged expression can be the utmost of postprandial swigs.

Some of the light, youthful Speyside whiskies, perhaps from Allt-á-Bhainne or Glen Elgin, are charming and delightful. There is a low mineral content in the waters of Speyside, lying on the Grampians, with their granite content proffering soft waters. As a rule, the whiskies are either very low or totally devoid of peat, there is not a great abundance of it locally, though it has been used with some successful results in the cases of BenRiach and Tomintoul’s Ballantruan respectively.

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This Linkwood was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Linkwood distillery has been renovated many times but the spirit remains exceptional.  More info

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$476.51

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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$62.16

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$44.20

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

This is a single cask bottling of 18 year old Tamdhu single malt, which was distilled in May 1998 and bottled in November 2016. Douglas Laing bottled this one as part of their Old Particular range,…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.07

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$82.43

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$137.75

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glendullan

A 2001 vintage single malt from the Glendullan distillery, independently bottled in 2014 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail and released as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range. We don't often seen…  More info

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.99

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

This is a Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 2008. After maturing in two casks for 7 years, the whisky was bottled by Càrn Mòr in 2015 with an…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$42.13

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

Royal Brackla was the very first Scottish distillery to receive 'royal' status when, in 1833, it was bestowed upon them by King William IV. Most of the distillery's production goes into Dewar's…  More info

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old
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$47.00

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 120584) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52.7%
Glen Keith

This is an independently bottled 20 year old Glen Keith aged in a single bourbon barrel from 1992 to 2016. It was bottled by the chaps from Signatory for La Maison du Whisky's Artist series, and…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 120584) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$148.66

Glen Elgin 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11596) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Elgin

Independently bottled Glen Elgin single malt, aged in a refill hogshead for 21 years. It was distilled in December 1995 and left to rest in a refill hogshead until March 2017, when it was bottled by…  More info

Glen Elgin 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11596) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$93.31

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 57%
Dailuaine

An independently bottled Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and aged in a single cask for 19 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay. 236 cask strength bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)
$116.34

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11332) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

An Old Particular bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in September 2016 with an outturn of 206 bottles.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11332) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$93.31

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11257) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach, distilled in February 2008 and bottled in May 2016. It was aged in a refill hogshead until Douglas Laing came along and bottled it for the Provenance…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11257) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$39.92

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1980s

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

We think that this 35cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. This one comes with the original presentation tube - fancy!  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1980s
$62.21

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Moray

Distilled in March 1995 and disgorged over 20 years later in August 2015, this single cask Glen Moray was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill…  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.34

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2007 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

9 year old Glenrothes single malt, aged in a single Sherry butt and independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2017 with an outturn…  More info

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2007 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$41.73

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt, independenty bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!). This was distilled in February 1995 and bottled in February 2016 at…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask
$101.67

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67820) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.3%
Glen Grant

An indie bottling of Glen Grant, aged for 20 years in a single hogshead! It was distilled in April 1996 and bottled in February 2017 by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask range. A release of…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67820) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$116.34

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Matured in a mixture of Spanish Sherry oak and American oak casks, this whisky has developed a great deal of…  More info

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)
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$358.66

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 91821) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 50%
Glenrothes

19 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, which has been finished in a Pedro Ximénez cask. It was distilled back in January 1997 and bottled in June 2016 by Ian Macleod for their…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 91821) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
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$93.37

Inchgower 2002 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 2002 vintage Inchgower single malt, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015. A rather well-Sherried whisky from the sometimes overlooked Speyside-based…  More info

Inchgower 2002 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$40.16

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 54.2%
Craigellachie

An incredibly well-aged single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, drawn from a single cask. This was distilled in 1970, a few years after Craigellachie doubled the number of stills in their…  More info

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,061.89

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 18092) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

22 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2015 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was drawn from a single cask (#18092, in case you were wondering),…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 18092)  - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.91

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF1115

70cl, 59.6%
The Glenlivet

Non-chillfiltered, cask strength single malt from the Glenlivet Nàdurra range - 'Nàdurra' means 'Natural' in Gaelic, hence the lack of chill-filtration and cask strength bottling. This one was…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF1115
$40.91

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