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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.

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46.0%
Longmorn

An independently bottled single malt from the Longmorn distillery, aged in a single cask for 21 years! It was back in 1993 when this whisky was distilled and set aside in cask #0854 to mature. In…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$85.11

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50.0%
Glenglassaugh

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in…  More info

Glenglassaugh Torfa
3
$43.02

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40.0%
Glenfiddich

A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl
2
$21.43

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
6
$169.59

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)

70cl, 46.0%
The Glenlivet

An 8 year old Glenlivet, matured in a first fill Sherry butt from March 2007 to June 2015. This comes presented by new independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection -…  More info

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)
2
$50.79

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Elgin

A Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Eglin single malt Scotch whisky. A seldom heard from distillery in the Speyside region despite Glen Elgin has been producing whisky since…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$66.67

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside

70cl, 46.0%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Legend of Speyside range for the German market, this bottling of Sherry-cask-matured Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky honours the spring water at the core of spirit.…  More info

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside
$44.11

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 54.8%
Aberlour

An independently bottled 20 year old Aberlour (well known for their superbly Sherried Speyside malts), matured in a refill hogshead and bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. A release of 261 bottles.  More info

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$159.93

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43.0%
Glenfiddich

This is an antique bottling of Glenfiddich "Pure Malt", which would be listed as single malt in this day of age. We think that this one was produced in the 1970s.  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s
$155.55

Benromach Vintage - 1976

70cl, 46.0%
Benromach

An impressively aged Benromach distilled in 1976 before a maturation period spent in the finest Sherry casks. Fruit-rich with mocha notes this is splendid stuff, bottled in 2012.  More info

Benromach Vintage - 1976
$533.64

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve

100cl, 40.0%
The Glenlivet

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for travel retail. This was launched in honour of Alan Winchester, who has been Master Distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
44
$53.83

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.7%
Aberlour

Ooh, an indie Aberlour! Don't see many of these, do you? This was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range, drawn from a single Sherry butt which matured the whisky from November…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$192.06

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$64.86

Tormore 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Tormore

A 1997 vintage Tormore single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside, bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Tormore 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$65.71

Singleton of Dufftown Artisan 1l

100cl, 40.0%
Dufftown

The Artisan is one of the Singleton of Dufftown's single malts originally released for Travel Retail. At the top of their range, this expression enjoys a finishing period in hand-selected Pedro…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Artisan 1l
3
$103.52

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, matured in a single butt cask from 1988 to 2015, and was then bottled by Wemyss Malts. They've given it a name based on its flavour profile and inspired…  More info

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$143.51

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Speyside

A rich, chocolatey Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing. For 18 years, from April 1996 to September 2014, this whisky matured in a refill butt, developing depth…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.56

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46.0%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.28

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Benrinnes

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1998 vintage Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, which was drawn from refill Sherry hogshead by the stalwart indie…  More info

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.83

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)

70cl, 46.0%
Craigellachie

A very handsomely presented 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 2008 and bottled in 2016. This comes presented in gorgeous retro decanters - 367 were produced.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)
$48.92

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.1%
Aultmore

A very well-aged Aultmore from respected bottler Mackillop's. Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Speyside on the 4th of September 1990 and bottled from cask number 5199 in April 2013.  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice
$122.77

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Balmenach

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$41.47

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Grant

The Spirit & Cask Range is made up of whiskies selected by German whisky importers Whiskymax. This single cask Glen Grant was distilled in October 1992 and bottled in 2015 without chill filtration…  More info

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range
$81.87

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7207 & 7208) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Dailuaine

Another addition to Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection here - a 19 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of hogshead casks. This whisky was distilled in May 1997 and…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7207 & 7208) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$46.17

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. One fateful day in January 1993, cask #10585 was filled with the Strathmill spirit, which matured…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$95.11

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