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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.

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 145) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1971 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This whisky stayed in the Sherry butt until August 2015, when the cask was cracked open…  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 145) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$2,135.12

Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 51.9%
Dailuaine

A Gleann Mór bottling of Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 21 years in a single cask. This was distilled in February 1994, and bottled in August 2015 for the A Rare Find range. 179…  More info

Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.37

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, distilled in May 2007 and bottled in May 2016. Bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration or artificial colouring.  More info

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$50.38

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,647.79

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 51.8%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, matured in a single hogshead (cask 142608), this release is named after the hill above the distillery where the local gallows were located.  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition
$245.37

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)

70cl, 41.7%
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)
$4,911.99

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

70cl, 48.4%
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)
$60.85

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)
$1,669.71

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,360.08

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glentauchers

An 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glentauchers, a cracking distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling was distilled in December 1996 and set aside to mature in a single refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.55

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Benrinnes

From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies comes this 19 year old Benrinnes single malt, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel. Cask #10577 was filled in May 1995…  More info

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$92.35

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)
$41.10

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! Yes, this Longmorn was distilled in 1990 and left to matured in a bourbon barrel for 25 years before being bottled…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$136.00

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.2%
Macduff

A terrific Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask #4458. It was distilled back in 1968 and matured for 2 score and 5 years (45 years if you're not Abraham…  More info

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,595.48

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$64.69

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$35.10

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

70cl, 50.2%
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)
$116.58

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)
$43.84

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

Yet another independent bottling from Hunter Laing's wonderful Old Malt Cask range - this one features an 18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead. It was…  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$86.20

Tomintoul 1972 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.1%
Tomintoul

This is a single cask Tomintoul which was distilled in 1972 and aged in a refill sherry hogshead (cask number 1974) before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail at natural cask strength. Delicious.  More info

Tomintoul 1972  - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,007.10

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glen Spey

A 1999 vintage Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1999 to February 2015. It was then bottled as part of the excellent Old Particular range by Douglas…  More info

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$61.79

The Deveron 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is The Deveron 18 Year Old, launched in September 2015 (alongside a 12 Year Old expression, too). This relaunch came complete with new frosted glass bottles and 'The' at the start of its name.  More info

The Deveron 18 Year Old
$67.90

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A single cask whisky from Linkwood distillery aged for an amazing 24 years. Distilled on the 5th of December 1989 and bottled by Montgomerie's for their Single Cask collection in March 2013. Tops.  More info

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$133.83

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach, matured in tiny quarter casks! The smaller casks encourage greater interaction between the spirit, the oak and the air allowing the whisky to take on lots of character in a shorter…  More info

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks
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$52.77

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 50.2%
The Macallan

Ooh, an independent bottling of 1990 vintage Macallan here from the Rest & Be Thankful range! It was matured in a single bourbon cask which was filled in 1990 and emptied in 2016 - this one's a…  More info

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$785.65

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