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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.

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)
$172.81

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Mannochmore

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mannochmore distilled in 1994 - a phrase we like to say not only because it rhymes, but also because it means tasty Mannochmore whisky! This Connoisseurs Choice…  More info

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$74.03

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.1%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1993 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry butt. It joined the illustrious Family Cask range in Autumn 2014, after it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask  Autumn 2014 Release
$256.93

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 55.9%
Mortlach

A single cask bottling of Mortlach single malt, distilled in 1998 and bottled by Signatory in 2016. Before it was bottled, it was finished in a Sherry cask for 58 months, imparting rich, sweet fruit…  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$186.59

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from 1998 to 2016. This comes to us via The First Editions range, which has received a design…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$82.51

SPEY Chairman’s Choice

70cl, 40%
Speyside

A handsome presentation of the SPEY Chairman's Choice single malt Scotch whisky. It comes from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh, who bought the distillery in 2012. The…  More info

SPEY Chairman’s Choice
2
$63.21

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in the Speyside region, matured for 18 years in a single refill butt. Back in June 1997, the cask was filled and set…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$72.99

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Indie Inchgower! This bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery was filled into its Sherry butt in September 1995, which was emptied in February 2016 and bottled…  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$86.53

Glen Moray 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 2950) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 49.8%
Glen Moray

This is a Càrn Mòr bottling of 24 year old Glen Moray single malt, matured in one hogshead cask. It was distilled in June 1992 and bottled in September 2016 as part of their Celebration of the Cask…  More info

Glen Moray 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 2950) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$128.92

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An indie bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled back in June 1997, and aged until October 2015. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.75

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$64.51

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery, aged for 7 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2016 by Langside for the Hepburn's…  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.84

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Longmorn

A bottle of 2002 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 for La Maison du Whisky as part of their The Ten range, which organises the flavour profiles of whisky from their lightest…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
$45.46

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
13
$104.78

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$143.12

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Benrinnes

Independently bottled Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled in September 1991 and bottled in February 2015 with an outturn of 247 bottles by…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$119.00

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
1
$37.12

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 8511273) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.3%
Glentauchers

6 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their Octave range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in an…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 8511273) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$49.14

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 43.9%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the second batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh distillery, this extraordinary 40 year old malt was and finished in a single Massandra Madeira puncheon hand selected by Billy Walker…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$599.20

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.5%
Knockando

A rich, darkly sherried Knockando from the Managers Choice series. This official bottling was distilled in 1996 and aged for 12 years in (presumably first fill!) sherry cask #800790 before bottling…  More info

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice
1
$184.48

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Inchgower

Matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, this Inchgower was distilled in October 1989 and bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 294 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.77

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.8%
Ardmore

Indie Ardmore aged in a single bourbon barrel and bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled in August 2016, then released as part of La Maison…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$87.74

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

The Glenfarclas 105, which is a 10 year old high strength Glenfarclas, is one of the greatest everyday whiskies. If any criticism could be levelled at it, it might be that it doesn't have an enough…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old
3
$332.73

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.6%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1991 and left to mature in a single Sherry cask. It was left to mature for 23 years before being bottled for…  More info

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice
1
$220.94

SPEY Fumare

70cl, 46%
Speyside

Those of you that know Latin might know what to expect from SPEY Fumare, but those of you that don't and try this single malt from the Speyside distillery without hearing anything about it might be a…  More info

SPEY Fumare
$44.33

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