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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.

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)
$82.46

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

Distilled at Glen Grant in 1995 and matured in a single cask for a couple of decades, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled those lovely people at Wemyss Malts.  More info

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)
$93.74

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Distilled in 2000, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was botted in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$57.31

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$37.25

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.3%
Linkwood

The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)
$630.91

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenglassaugh

An independent bottling of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Having previously been Glenglassaugh's Managing Director, don't be surprised if this an absolute belter,…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$532.53

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Inchgower

A single cask bottling of Speyside malt distilled at Inchgower in May 1995 from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill butt was 690 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$88.21

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
$222.78

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.6%
Glenrothes

25 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled back in June 1990 and bottled in June 2015 with an outturn of 285 bottles. This comes to us via…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$238.79

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

70cl, 46%
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
$86.71

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.1%
Tamdhu

A new release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, presented by la Maison Du Whisky as part of their The Ten range. This one is #08 - the range goes from #00 to #10, with their…  More info

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$64.34

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836346) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.4%
Miltonduff

Just 82 bottles of this incredible 31 year old Miltonduff were produced, which is rather fitting in this case, as it was distilled in '82. Speaking of cases, as we were, this single cask whisky comes…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836346) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$379.01

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Distilled in March 1993, this Allt-á-Bhainne was bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2015. Matured in a single refill hogshead, 295 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$94.89

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.5%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 18 years in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2015 with 229 bottles produced, presented at…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$102.82

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A rare, 44 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 1994 under Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3,819.34

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in December 1996 and bottled in September 2015 with an outturn of…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.12

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 52.4%
Strathmill

Bottled as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases, this is a 1988 vintage Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill American oak casks for 25 years. 2,700 bottles were produced. This is…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)
1
$286.17

Glenfiddich The Original

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich The Original is a single malt Scotch whisky inspired by a previous release from the legendary distillery - the 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt, the expression which Sandy Grant Gordon…  More info

Glenfiddich The Original
3
$92.26

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1978 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, presented as part of the Winter 2015 release of their Family Cask series. This was matured in a 4th fill hogshead from 1978 until August 2015, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$459.57

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 7636) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.2%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1998 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled as part of their Autumn 2014 Release. It was distilled in 1998, filled into a Sherry butt and left to age until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 7636) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$224.56

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This was drawn from a single refill hogshead which was home to the whisky from 2008 to 2015, after…  More info

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$39.02

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.7%
Glendullan

Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636…  More info

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice
$213.45

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
1
$41.18

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.6%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1,484.52

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
12
$74.80

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