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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.

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.20%
Strathmill

From Duncan Taylor's Octave range comes a 22 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, which has been treated to a finishing period in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1992 and bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$135.78

Glenglassaugh 40 year Old 1972 (cask R13/08/01) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 43.10%
Glenglassaugh

A Càrn Mòr bottling of Glenglassaugh, distilled in December 1972, long before the distillery closed for over 20 years in 1986. During that tumultuous time for Glenglassaugh, this whisky slumbered in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 year Old 1972 (cask R13/08/01) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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$523.79

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Mortlach

7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$47.87

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.80%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$200.64

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 59.10%
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
$209.52

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)

70cl, 41.70%
Glenglassaugh

A very special bottling of well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery, aged in a single bourbon barrel for a massive 51 years. It was distilled back in February 1963 and…  More info

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)
$5720.86

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from…  More info

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
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$142.99

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)
$109.11

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1705.90

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.29

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 55.80%
Ardmore

This is an independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from May 2000 to September 2015. It has been bottled at 55.8% ABV with an outturn of 223 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$94.96

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

A single cask bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This vanilla rich, citrus fuelled dram was distilled by Tamdhu in the Speyside…  More info

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$109.61

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10420) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glen Moray

An Old Particular bottling of Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 15 years - from June 1999 to August 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 332…  More info

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10420) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$65.14

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Independently bottled Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as part of the Dimensions range, made to show off the multi-faceted…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$51.06

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11404) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
The Speyside

A Sherried Speyside single cask single malt! Yes, this Old Malt Cask bottling features whisky distilled by the Speyside distillery and drawn from a single Sherry butt. Cask #11404 was filled in…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11404) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$107.49

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

This is an antique bottling of Glenfiddich "Pure Malt", which would be listed as single malt in this day of age. We think that this one was produced in the 1970s.  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s
$175.46

Tamdhu 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4104) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 45.40%
Tamdhu

Independently bottled Tamdhu single malt, matured in cask #4104 for 24 years. 222 bottles were produced for the Mackillop's Choice range.  More info

Tamdhu 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4104) - Mackillop's Choice
$167.70

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tamdhu

17 year old Tamdhu single malt, as presented by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in March 1998 and set aside to age in a refill hogshead until May 2015, when it was bottled at 48.4% ABV. 234 bottles…  More info

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$84.12

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Goodness gracious, would you just look at the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling! This single malt from the long-going family-run distillery was distilled in 1970 and matured in Sherry hogshead #2026…  More info

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1943.51

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)
$53.40

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.10%
Glen Spey

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$122.96

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Inchgower

A single cask bottling of Speyside malt distilled at Inchgower in May 1995 from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill butt was 690 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.51

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
$92.35

Craigellachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900861) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 58%
Craigellachie

From A. D. Rattray's Cask Collection selection of independently bottled single malts comes a 6 year old Craigellachie, matured in a single Sherry cask from September 2008 to January 2015. 704 bottles…  More info

Craigellachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900861) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$63.39

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$47.05

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