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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.

Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang
8
$32.88

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.50%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$124.19

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Linkwood

A lovely Linkwood single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This little treat was distilled back in June 1997 and left to age for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. It…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.61

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.10%
Miltonduff

Casks! Love a good cask, we do. In fact, you could say we celebrate them, just like Càrn Mòr do with the Celebration of the Cask indie bottling range. This particular bottling from that range is a 25…  More info

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$155.43

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 50.80%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, distilled in 1997 and matured in bourbon barrel 30777. It was bottled on 16th April 2015 and is named after a local farm in the valley of the Livet.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition
$203.92

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)
$148.75

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.40%
Glen Elgin

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 24 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. It was distilled in December 1989 and bottled in March 2014 at cask strength with no…  More info

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice
$133.26

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks. This was distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range - 610 bottles were…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$78.73

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1998 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Linkwood

A Côte Rôtie French wine cask finished 16 year old Linkwood from Gordon & MacPhail. Côte Rôtie is a northern Rhône appelation made with full-bodied Syrah. 4,000 bottles have been produced.  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1998 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$82.39

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.70%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$550.02

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$632.53

Benromach 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Benromach

Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon…  More info

Benromach 5 Year Old
$29.35

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Glenburgie

A 23 year old Gleenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. This particular batch consisted of 456 bottles, all filled…  More info

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$99.36

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 1865) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.50%
Glenglassaugh

42 year old single malt finished in a Massandra Aleatico Hogshead, 175 bottles were filled in September 2015. Part of Glenglassaugh's second batch of Rare Cask releases, this whisky was distilled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 1865) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$766.07

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Get stuck in to some delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in March 2007, matured for 9 years in a refill butt and…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.15

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)
$99.64

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1432.92

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon…  More info

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$48.31

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$49.92

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tormore

27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery, aged in a single refill butt. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled 27 years later in April 2016 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$115.50

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.90%
Glen Moray

An independent Glen Moray single malt from Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, distilled in March 1994 and bottled in October 2015. The outturn was 216 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$94.65

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, well-known around MoM Towers for having loads of lovely berry notes. This was distilled in November 2007, aged in a refill hogshead…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.40

Macduff 2008 (cask 0121) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of Macduff from the Spirit & Cask Range, selected by Whiskymax. Distilled April 2008 and bottled in 2015, the outurn was 455 bottles.  More info

Macduff 2008 (cask 0121) - Spirit & Cask Range
$42.39

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50%
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
4
$43.90

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Single cask Macduff, proudly presented for the Provenance collection by Douglas Laing (who have given the range a bit of a make-over). This was distilled in August 2007 and left to mature for 8 years…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$41.88

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