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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.

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glentauchers

An 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glentauchers, a cracking distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling was distilled in December 1996 and set aside to mature in a single refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.46

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
$216.53

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 58.5%
Glenfarclas

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 release comes a 2000 vintage single malt which was matured in refill Sherry butt #4075 until August 2015. 650 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$204.38

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

7 year old single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, matured in but one single refill hogshead. It was distilled in the autumn of 2007 (a year after the distillery increased its number of still…  More info

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.64

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside; matured in a single cask. The cask was filled in 1997 and opened in 2014, when the whisky was bottled for the Coopers…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$70.11

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Benrinnes

From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies comes this 19 year old Benrinnes single malt, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel. Cask #10577 was filled in May 1995…  More info

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$91.02

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Mortlach

7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$40.51

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! Yes, this Longmorn was distilled in 1990 and left to matured in a bourbon barrel for 25 years before being bottled…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$134.04

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.2%
Macduff

A terrific Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask #4458. It was distilled back in 1968 and matured for 2 score and 5 years (45 years if you're not Abraham…  More info

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,572.40

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

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$37.00

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.2%
Strathmill

From Duncan Taylor's Octave range comes a 22 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, which has been treated to a finishing period in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1992 and bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$114.90

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Independently bottled Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as part of the Dimensions range, made to show off the multi-faceted…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$43.21

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.4%
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
$124.66

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.1%
Macduff

16 year old Macduff single malt, lovingly finished in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2015 at 55.1% ABV. This comes to us via Duncan Taylor's Octave range, and just 68…  More info

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$98.44

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 4319) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56%
Glenfarclas

This Glenfarclas single cask whisky was distilled in 1994 and placed into a 4th fill butt. The outturn was 640 bottles on 2nd December 2014, released in Spring 2014.  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 4319) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$258.45

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

Yet another independent bottling from Hunter Laing's wonderful Old Malt Cask range - this one features an 18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead. It was…  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.69

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Grant

25 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for some very special whiskies indeed. This one was distilled all the way…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$191.39

Tomintoul 1972 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.1%
Tomintoul

This is a single cask Tomintoul which was distilled in 1972 and aged in a refill sherry hogshead (cask number 1974) before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail at natural cask strength. Delicious.  More info

Tomintoul 1972  - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$992.54

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glen Spey

A 1999 vintage Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1999 to February 2015. It was then bottled as part of the excellent Old Particular range by Douglas…  More info

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$60.90

Strathmill - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.1%
Strathmill

This is That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second batch of independently bottled Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky. Strathmill was once a porridge oats mill, and was also owned by W. & A. Gilbey…  More info

Strathmill - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$94.80

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 57%
Dailuaine

An independently bottled Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and aged in a single cask for 19 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay. 236 cask strength bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)
$115.70

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.1%
Tomintoul

Say hello to the second batch of Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Once again, it's a Boutique-y label with a cocktail recipe on it - this one coming from…  More info

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$74.19

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A single cask whisky from Linkwood distillery aged for an amazing 24 years. Distilled on the 5th of December 1989 and bottled by Montgomerie's for their Single Cask collection in March 2013. Tops.  More info

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$131.90

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach, matured in tiny quarter casks! The smaller casks encourage greater interaction between the spirit, the oak and the air allowing the whisky to take on lots of character in a shorter…  More info

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks
1
$51.39

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 50.2%
The Macallan

Ooh, an independent bottling of 1990 vintage Macallan here from the Rest & Be Thankful range! It was matured in a single bourbon cask which was filled in 1990 and emptied in 2016 - this one's a…  More info

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$681.54

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