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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.

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 4675) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

This is a rather handsome independent bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask. It was distilled in May 1991 and left to age until January 2015, when it…  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 4675) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$115.23

Glentauchers 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 3854) - The Maltman

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

A cracking 15 year old from seldom-seen distillery Glentauchers, 298 bottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info

Glentauchers 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 3854) - The Maltman
$72.61

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

70cl, 51.10%
Glen Keith

This is a Lady of the Glen bottling of 19 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1995 (a few years before the distillery closed in…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$108.37

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Ardmore

15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, distilled in May 2000 and bottled in May 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead for that time, before said cask was…  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$76.84

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

An independently bottled Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 8 years. It was distilled in autumn 2006 and set aside to mature until autumn 2014, when it was then bottled…  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.83

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.40%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$92.93

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

From the Distiller's Art range comes a 15 year old Langside single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill butt. It was distilled by Longmorn in November 1999 and bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$69.88

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$89.85

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

A Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Eglin single malt Scotch whisky. A seldom heard from distillery in the Speyside region despite Glen Elgin has been producing whisky since…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$67.57

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare 1970s bottling of 8 Year Old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Great for collectors, whisky enthusiasts or time travellers.  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s
$157.65

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 47.80%
Tormore

A bottling of Tormore single malt whisky, distilled in 1988, a year before the distillery was acquired by Allied Domecq in 1989. This 27 year old whisky has been bottled as part of the Mackillop's…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice
$155.85

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

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A 7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in a European oak quarter cask! It was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age for 7 years, until it was bottled in 2015 by the…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.77

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Allt-á-Bhainne

This is an independent bottling of Allt-à-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from November 1995. It was independently bottled at 18 years old by Langside for their…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$76.97

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.60%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1519.86

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in December 1996 and bottled in September 2015 with an outturn of…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.98

Glenfiddich The Original

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich The Original is a single malt Scotch whisky inspired by a previous release from the legendary distillery - the 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt, the expression which Sandy Grant Gordon…  More info

Glenfiddich The Original
2
$93.00

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.80%
Mortlach

An Xtra Old particular bottling of 26 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a sinle refill hogshead. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 1989, and eventually bottled in…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$282.65

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$3224.17

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
2
$38.73

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.40%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1114.45

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

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is an independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery (known colloquially to some as the Beast of Dufftown). It was distilled back in 2008 and left to…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.80

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.30%
Aberlour

This is a WM Cadenhead bottling of 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aberlour distillery, matured in bourbon casks from 2000 to 2015. It was bottled at 54.3% ABV with an outturn of 234…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$68.93

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.90%
Glenfarclas

From the Spring 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range comes a 1992 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in a single butt cask until December 2014. It's presented at…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$265.40

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Speyside

The elegantly presented 18 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky comes from the Speyside Distillery. It's matured in Sherry casks, giving it a good dose of those sweet, spiced notes which are so…  More info

SPEY 18 Year Old
1
$82.00

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.80%
Glen Moray

A WM Cadenhead bottling of Glen Moray single malt, matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads for 17 years - from 1998 to 2015. This is a release of 504 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$72.31

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