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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, 48.40%
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)
$76.43

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

70cl, 45.20%
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)
$1372.90

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.82

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.90%
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)
$544.14

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.50%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$811.04

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Indie Inchgower! This bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery was filled into its Sherry butt in September 1995, which was emptied in February 2016 and bottled…  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.15

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.60

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$65.61

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An interesting Inchgower here, which was "filled from a wine-finished hogshead"! It was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 8 years old in 2016 by the chaps at Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.06

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
12
$107.95

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 46.80%
The Glenlivet

41 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, which was initially aged in a hogshead cask and finished (for 48 months) in Oloroso Sherry oak! This was distilled in March 1974…  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$614.72

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.80%
The Glenlivet

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1944.71

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

70cl, 45.10%
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)
$65.74

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A hard to find stoneware decanter jug from Glenfiddich. This features an image of Robert the Bruce, a man from a time when "the" was an acceptable middle name.  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s
1
$196.68

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
$82.81

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

Aged in two consecutive hogsheads until February 2016, this is an independent bottling of Benrinnes single malt.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)
$43.87

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$145.17

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

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Sherry-butt-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, aged for 8 years before Langside bottled it for their Hepburn's Choice range. A release of 391 bottles.  More info

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.08

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.20%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1496.32

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
2
$28.90

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.90%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$87.35

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.40%
Strathmill

Though a lot of Strathmill's whisky has made its way into many famous blends over the years, indie bottlings are a good way to sample their single malt. Like this one, for example - 22 year old…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$80.77

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A old bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky labelled as 'Pure Malt' decades ago.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)
$143.90

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$139.63

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

50cl, 52.10%
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
$100.46

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