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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 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
$136.03

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976 - Family Collector Series VI

70cl, 43.7%
Glenfarclas

The final release in the Glenfarclas Family Collector Series is this 40 year old single malt, matured in Sherry casks from 1976 to May 2016. As with the previous releases in the series, this one…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976 - Family Collector Series VI
$1,215.65

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 51.2%
Mortlach

25 year old single malt from the Mortlach distillery, drawn from a single cask which was filled in May 1990 and cracked open in July 2015. This was bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range,…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$186.56

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 5 year old Ardmore here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in 2011 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled for the Strictly Limited range by Càrn Mòr with an outturn of 690…  More info

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$34.82

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Cooper's Choice bottling of Aultmore single malt, aged for a decade in a single bourbon cask. This was distilled back in October 2006 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of just 370 bottles.  More info

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$50.23

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.9%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$206.26

Glen Moray Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.  More info

Glen Moray Classic
78
$22.63

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.6%
Glen Spey

23 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single hogshead cask which housed the whisky for over two decades. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$102.84

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Montgomerie's bottling of 23 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. This release features whisky distilled in November 1991 and set aside to mature until it was…  More info

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$107.13

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)
$115.72

Inchgower 11 Year Old 2005 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 59.8%
Inchgower

An 11 year old single malt from the Inchgower distillery, aged from February 2005 to July 2016 before being bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range. Only 235 bottles were produced.  More info

Inchgower 11 Year Old 2005  - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$62.68

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Tamdhu

An indie bottling of Tamdhu - we don't see nearly enough of these! This one was matured in a refill hogshead from August 1998 to 2016, before being bottled at 18 years old by Langside for the…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$80.90

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$62.73

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, which has been presented with a handsome retro label by Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled by Ardmore in 1996 and…  More info

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$69.85

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3205) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55.5%
Glen Elgin

20 year old single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery, independently bottled by A. D. rattray as part of their Cask Collection series. This was distilled in December 1995 and bottled in September…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3205) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$79.15

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Dark spice and strawberries abound this 15 year old from the Linkwood distillery.  More info

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
7
$51.75

Longmorn 1988 (bottled 2014) (cask 12811) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.1%
Longmorn

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1988 and bottled in September 2014. This handsome indie bottling had an outturn of 263 bottles, presented…  More info

Longmorn 1988 (bottled 2014) (cask 12811) - Mackillop's Choice
$224.16

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 171225) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Glen Keith

A 20 year old Glen Keith, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who have their own whisky bar in Singapore). It was distilled in November 1995 and set aside to have for two decades until February…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 171225) - The Single Cask
$105.54

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Claxton's

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Elgin

An independently bottled 20 year old Glen Elgin single malt, aged in a refill hogshead which was filled in November 1995. After the 2 decade maturation, this was bottled by the Yorkshire-based…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Claxton's
$94.28

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3548) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 45.6%
Glenfarclas

A single cask Glenfarclas from the distillery's rather extensive (and spectacular) Family Cask range, released for their Winter 2015 release. This one was distilled all the way back in 1972 and set…  More info

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3548) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$2,102.94

Aberlour 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15050) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

Aberlour from the year 2000! Bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland, this Aberlour was aged in a single bourbon hogshead from 2000 to 2015, before it was bottled at 46% ABV. 318 bottles…  More info

Aberlour 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15050) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$69.61

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.4%
Benrinnes

Here we see one of our very own Master of Malt Single Cask Series bottlings - an 18 year old Benrinnes! It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a bourbon cask until March 2016. We…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$97.91

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
$31.79

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

Single cask Glen Moray distilled in June 2005 and bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in May 2016. Glen Moray is situated in the Speyside region, which is denoted by the red label within the…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.42

Glen Moray Classic Peated

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Peated
3
$27.28

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