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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.

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled Glenallachie single malt here, matured in a single cask for 24 years! It was distilled in February 1992 and left to age in a refill hogshead until February 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$101.50

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)

35cl, 63.2%
Kininvie

Kininvie Special Release #1 sees three single casks from the distillery's inaugural run bottled for release (cask 8 released in Taiwan, cask 20 in Europe and cask 21 in the UK). In total, just 1,600…  More info

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)
$447.53

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$60.26

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

70cl, 46%
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.)
$85.03

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)
1
$75.33

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Rothes. After maturing for 8 years in a combination of refill Sherry hogsheads and refill bourbon barrels,…  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$35.86

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Miltonduff

A Langside Distiller's Art series bottling of 22 year old Miltonduff single malt, drawn from a single refill hogshead which was filled in August 1994 and emptied in 2016. 287 bottles were produced.  More info

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$80.27

Summer Breeze 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Linkwood)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Another wonderful Wemyss bottling here! This times it's a single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a hogshead cask from 1995 to 2015. As ever with these Wemyss bottlings, it's…  More info

Summer Breeze 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Linkwood)
$97.55

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.7%
Glen Moray

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in just one cask that whole time. The cask was filled in September 1990 and emptied in March 2014, producing…  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice
$142.35

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11504) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Independently bottled Dailuaine, aged in a refill hogshead for 9 years. This fruit-rich single malt was distilled back in January 2007 and bottled in November 2016 by the folks from Douglas Laing. A…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11504) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.75

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
$45.11

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)
$45.79

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

From the Hepburn's Choice bottling range comes a single cask Glentauchers single malt, aged in a refill hogshead from 2009 to 2016. It was bottled at 7 years old with an outturn of 320 bottles.  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$39.99

Benrinnes 28 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.8%
Benrinnes

A Hunter Laing bottling of 28 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Benrinnes distillery in Speyside. Part of the Hunter Laing Old & Rare Platinum collection, this whisky sat in a single refill…  More info

Benrinnes 28 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$267.64

Glenburgie 1966 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

Glenburgie is an important component in the Ballantine's blend but makes for a fine single malt in its own right. In 2003 the original distillery was knocked down to make way for a modern purpose…  More info

Glenburgie 1966 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$750.77

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 2015 addition to the Ardmore range - this 12 year old single malt was initially matured in American white oak bourbon casks before being transferred over to Port pipes for a finishing period. Its…  More info

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish
$50.10

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 56.3%
Glen Moray

This is an independent bottling of 21 year old single malt from the Glen Moray distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled by the ever-brilliant Berry Bros. & Rudd, as part of their Berry's…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$172.52

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated
6
$217.55

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11536) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A richly smoky single malt from the Ardmore distillery, independently bottled by the wonderful Douglas Laing. This was distilled in July 2008 and left to mature in a refill barrel for 8 years, before…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11536) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.67

Glen Moray 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glen Moray - a long-running distillery in the Speyside region. A good portion of their whisky makes its way into some popular blends, though their single…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old
28
$33.81

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.2%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead Small Batch bottling of 19 year old Linkwood single malt, aged in bourbon casks from 1997 to 2016. Yum. 270 bottles were produced.  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$79.14

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare 1970s bottling of 8 Year Old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Great for collectors, whisky enthusiasts or time travellers. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old - 1970s
$233.10

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Ardmore

A deliciously smoky 16 year old Ardmore, aged in a refill barrel from May 2000 to June 2016! This was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range, with a small outturn of just 84 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$96.53

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

A single cask release of Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the wonderful Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited range. It was distilled in 2001, matured in a single hogshead for 14…  More info

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$53.91

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 50.8%
Linkwood

A 26 year old single cask Linkwood, bottled by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird range. It was distilled in 1989 and left to age in a bourbon hogshead for 26 years, when it was then bottled at…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$172.67

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