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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.

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

From the Lomond stills of the Miltonduff distillery in 1979, comes this rare expression of Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2012 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Rare Old range. It was…  More info

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)
$663.62

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.8%
Ardmore

Indie Ardmore aged in a single bourbon barrel and bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled in August 2016, then released as part of La Maison…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$86.03

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1969 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. This single cask single malt matured in refill butt #2454 from 1969 to March 2014, after which it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$3,475.08

SPEY Royal Choice

70cl, 46%
Speyside

In 1815, when Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall, he gave a cask of 'SPEY' whisky to King George III as a gift. The royal connection to SPEY whisky has continued in other ways,…  More info

SPEY Royal Choice
$155.98

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.65

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)
$48.14

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A one litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, thought to date from the 1980s, confusingly labelled as 'pure malt'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s
$187.18

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015

70cl, 51.8%
Glenfarclas

Bottled in December 2014, this stunning single cask Glenfarclas whisky spent nearly fifty years in a Sherry butt before being bottled as part of the distillery's Spring 2015 releases. The outturn was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015
$3,473.39

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A very well-aged Inchgower from Montgomerie's distilled in October 1990 and bottled in March 2013.  More info

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$115.48

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 306744) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A 15 year old Benrinnes, bottled by the brilliant Berry Bros. & Rudd! This was distilled in 2000 and left to age in a single cask until 2016, when it was bottled at 46% ABV without any…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 306744) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$54.86

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11194) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

An independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Macduff distillery, which resides peacefully in the Highland region. This was distilled in July 2008 and bottled in…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11194) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$34.05

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 13125) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

21 year old Glen Keith single malt, aged in a refill hogshead cask from November 1995 to November 2016, before Hunter Laing got their hands on it and bottled it up for the Old Malt Cask range! 181…  More info

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 13125) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$87.95

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Matured in a single Sherry butt from March 2007 to May 2016, this Dailuaine 9 year single malt Scotch whisky is brought to you by top bottler Douglas Laing.  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.47

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.8%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$202.38

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Glen Spey

An indie bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. It was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in November 2015 with an…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$118.46

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1992 - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.4%
Strathmill

This is an independent bottling of 21 year old Strathmill single malt, aged in a refill hogshead from 1992 to 2014. It was bottled by Hunter Laing for their First Editions range, which has had a…  More info

Strathmill  21 Year Old 1992 - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$100.91

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Dufftown

18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.15

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1998 vintage Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, which was drawn from refill Sherry hogshead by the stalwart indie…  More info

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.82

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$48.83

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 52.3%
Dufftown

The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of the reill American Oak…  More info

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)
$289.00

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 55.7%
The Glenlivet

A single cask bottling of 18 year old Glenlivet single malt, given the name Auchvaich by the famous distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 588 bottles.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition
$192.38

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenallachie

A 1999 vintage Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. It was distilled back in March 1999 and set aside to mature in a single refill Sherry…  More info

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$57.70

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery, aged for 7 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2016 by Langside for the Hepburn's…  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.04

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 57.2%
Craigellachie

Distilled 26th February 2004, this Craigellachie single malt was bottled over 12 years later on 10th August 2016 with 233 bottles produced from a single cask.  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$73.29

Glen Moray 16 Year Old - Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A rare 1980s bottling of 16 year old Glen Moray that features a historic Scottish Highland regiment as part of the Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments range. The regiment on this tin is the…  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old - Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments - 1980s
$124.79

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