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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.

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40.0%
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)
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$143.10

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

50cl, 52.1%
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)
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$99.90

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 85138) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Grant

A single cask release from Berry Brothers & Rudd, who have bottled a rather splendid 18 year old single malt from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 85138) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$92.12

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 10578) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.5%
Glenrothes

43 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky? Good Heavens, who could say no to that? Distilled in 1970, this whisky has had an incredibly long maturation, so it's only fair that it's been…  More info

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 10578) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1298.41

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.8%
Glenfarclas

Distilled back in November 1956 and matured in a single Sherry hogshead before being bottled in 2015. The outturn was just 151 exquisite bottles. "butterscotch, ulmo honey and Black Jack candy...…  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3625.67

Allt-A-Bhainne 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10035) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Allt-á-Bhainne

21 year old Allt-A-Bhainne? Thank you very much, Douglas Laing! That's right, they've only gone and bottled some fab Allt-A-Bhainne for the Old Particular selection. This edition was distilled in…  More info

Allt-A-Bhainne 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10035) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$105.35

Tomintoul 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 9289) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 61.0%
Tomintoul

A single cask bottling of Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of A. D. Rattray's Cask Collection. This Speyside whisky was matured in a Fino Sherry cask from October 1999 to June…  More info

Tomintoul 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 9289) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
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$99.17

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)
$114.36

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

70cl, 51.1%
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)
$107.55

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

70cl, 54.4%
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)
$92.23

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s

76cl, 40.0%
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
$156.46

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

70cl, 47.8%
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
$154.68

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
$906.92

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.1%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1993 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry butt. It joined the illustrious Family Cask range in Autumn 2014, after it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask  Autumn 2014 Release
$263.23

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

70cl, 48.0%
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)
$76.39

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%
Glenfarclas

From the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask range comes a 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt - cask #1, in fact! Ain't that somethin'! It was matured in said cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$248.40

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.6%
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
$1508.41

Glenfiddich The Original

70cl, 40.0%
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
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$92.30

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

70cl, 57.8%
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)
$280.52

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40.0%
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)
$3199.87

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40.0%
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
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$38.44

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

70cl, 49.4%
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)
$1106.06

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.9%
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
$263.40

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46.0%
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
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$81.39

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

70cl, 55.8%
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)
$71.76

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