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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.

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,103.76

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A bottle of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled a year after the distillery changed their name from Braes of Glenlivet. Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range of…  More info

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$78.67

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 56.8%
Miltonduff

This is a 20 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hoggie and bottled by Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Stuart Nickerson was previously the Managing…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$157.47

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 55.2%
Glenfarclas

A 1959 vintage Glenfarclas family cask! Just look at it - it looks like treacle! Matured in a single ex-Sherry hoggie, it was bottled on 28th November 2014 and released as part of the Spring 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$2,943.17

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.9%
Glenfarclas

Filled into a single 'plain' or refill hogshead back in 1962 and bottled in July 2014 for release in Autumn of that year, this Glenfarclas Speyside malt whisky (or Highland, as they place on their…  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$3,531.46

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.2%
Glen Moray

Bottled by WM Cadenhead, this is a Small Batch release of 22 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 1992. The bottle refers to the distillery using its rather traditional…  More info

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$91.07

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.4%
Tomintoul

45 year old Tomintoul single malt - quite a rare sight, I'm sure you'll agree, considering that this was distilled in 1969 and the distillery was founded only a few years earlier in 1964! This has…  More info

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,542.44

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.34

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$81.98

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt, bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice indie bottling range! Interestingly, this whisky (which was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015) was allowed a…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.13

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One

70cl, 45.9%
Balvenie

This is one of five highly collectible bottlings that make up the first chapter of the Balvenie DCS Compendium - in fact, this is the oldest whisky in Chapter One; a 46 year old single malt Scotch…  More info

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
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$19,590.58

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s

100cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 1980s bottling of classic Glenlivet 12 Year Old - especially attractive now as The Glenlivet 12 was replaced by Founder's Reserve in markets such as the UK in March 2015.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s
$185.60

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2013) - The Macphail's Collection

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

Tamdhu reopened in 2012, having been mothballed back in 2009, but this whisky was distilled back in 1971. Back then, the distillery only has a single pair of stills, Apollo 14 was landing on the moon…  More info

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2013) - The Macphail's Collection
$443.37

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 59.1%
Mannochmore

The Manager's choice release from Mannochmore. Part of Diageo's much-talked-about project to release a series of single-casks - this malt hit a score of 87 on Serge's Whiskyfun website.  More info

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice
$177.29

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 51.4%
Miltonduff

This is a single cask bottling of 19 year old Miltonduff single malt, presented as part of Hannah Whisky Merchant's Lady of the Glen range. This is a 1995 vintage Miltonduff, aged in a bourbon cask…  More info

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$82.24

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 17 years before being bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV.  More info

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$94.10

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky distilled all the way back in 1952. This was matured in first fill Sherry casks. "The 1952 vintage Glen Grant has always been…  More info

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,185.90

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%
Strathmill

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled back in March 1990 and set aside to slumber in a…  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$85.91

Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands - 70cl 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich Clans of the Highlands bottling from the 1980s, with a presentation tin featuring a rather regal-looking-chap from the Clan Sutherland (and a hound).  More info

Glenfiddich
$98.98

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glentauchers

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, matured in a single refill barrel for 18 long years. In February 1996, the whisky was distilled and lovingly placed inside said refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$81.60

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 43.3%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1955 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Family Cask range. After a lengthy slumber in a Sherry butt, this release was bottled in June 2013 with an outturn of 507 bottles. It's…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$3,531.46

Glenfiddich "Clan Kennedy" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Ah yes, another Glenfiddich Clans of the Highlands bottlings from the 1980s! This one honours the Clan Kennedy on its presentation tin. Very collectible.  More info

Glenfiddich
$123.73

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old 95cl - 1970s

95cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1970s bottling of Glenfiddich 8 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky (or 'Pure Malt Scotch Whisky', as the label proclaims - how times have changed!). This collectible bottle is over 30 years old and…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old 95cl - 1970s
$309.33

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.7%
Glenfarclas

Part of the Summer 2014 release of the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1954 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in plain butt #1259. A small release of 453 bottles, bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$4,221.63

Glen Grant 1953 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A very well matured 1953 vintage from Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as being a "big, bold sherried malt".  More info

Glen Grant 1953 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,850.79

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