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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.

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
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$81.45

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
$233.58

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
$109.97

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)
$42.52

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.3%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of single cask Glen Moray selected for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Single Range, all of which come presented with these handsome leather and hardwood cases.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$232.59

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 7811) (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 54.5%
Glentauchers

A Glentauchers from Scotland Grindlay "matured in an oak cask for over nineteen years", with an outturn of 210 bottles.  More info

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 7811) (Scotland Grindlay)
$103.11

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s

113cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s
$290.15

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which does not have many of their own bottlings, but does see a fair few independent releases. It was distilled in…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$51.31

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)
$685.80

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)
$88.90

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
$3,591.21

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
$161.20

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)
$49.75

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
$3,589.46

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)
$56.69

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)
$35.19

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)
$46.99

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)
$129.16

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)
$104.29

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)
$82.83

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
$50.46

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)
$298.66

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Ardmore Tradition is a peated single malt which is initially aged in American oak barrels before being transferred over to quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Tradition 1l
$50.83

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)
$59.63

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)
$41.38

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