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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 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)
$1,802.89

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Tormore

As we entered the final decade of the 1900s, Tormore filled casks 1590 with their whisky to mature. From January 1990 to March 2014 that whisky aged in the cask, until it was bottled by Duncan Taylor…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$111.45

Glen Grant 1949 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1949 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in first fill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail say this "displays all the best characteristics of an aged Speysider."  More info

Glen Grant 1949 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$2,807.30

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Produced in the 1980s, this Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky includes a presentation tin featuring Sir Mungo Murray of the Clan Murray. He was the Son of the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$96.42

Glen Grant 1950 (bottled 2007) (casks 853+2734) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in 1950 and matured in refill sherry casks. It's a warming, smooth whisky with nutty, sherried flavours.  More info

Glen Grant 1950 (bottled 2007) (casks 853+2734) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,656.64

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glendullan

This independent bottling of 14 year old Glendullan single malt Scotch whisky was made possible by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask selection. It was distilled in October 1999 and bottled in…  More info

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$68.04

Strathisla 1953 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A 1953 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail at a new bottling strength of 43% abv. This extraordinarily well-aged Speyside single malt is part of the Distillery Label range.  More info

Strathisla 1953 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,007.36

Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old

70cl, 47.2%
Glenfarclas

This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas. It was chosen by a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old
4
$7,533.00

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This Linkwood was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Linkwood distillery has been renovated many times but the spirit remains exceptional.  More info

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$448.21

Tormore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1588) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.3%
Tormore

To show off the vast, varied dimensions of their whisky stable, the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range includes well-aged expressions from many top distilleries. This 23 year old single cask Tormore,…  More info

Tormore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1588) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$154.82

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet pure malt Scotch whisky, from the days where the term "pure malt" was still used - the 1980s. This was also when Arthur Bell & Sons owned the Dufftown distillery!  More info

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old - 1980s
$222.98

Glen Grant 5 Year Old (Boxed) - distilled 1970

75cl, 40%
Glen Grant

This is an old bottle of 5 year old Glen Grant, which we believe to have been distilled in the 1970s. It even comes with a handsome presentation box showing the bottle and a glass of the whisky just…  More info

Glen Grant 5 Year Old (Boxed) - distilled 1970
$180.79

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 6 years. It's been presented as part of their Dimensions range, which shows off the many dimensions of the whiskies they…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$41.55

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Glen Grant

Behold - 43 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! Yep, the renowned Glen Grant distillery filled cask 3497 back in 1970 and left it to age for over 4 decades - very awesome, we're sure…  More info

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,119.50

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 1980s bottling of 8 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky (which they called "Pure Malt" at the time). It's a very handsome, shiny, well-kept bottle, complete with presentation tube.…  More info

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s
$162.71

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Dufftown

This is a bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Dufftown distillery, back when it was owned by Arthur Bell & Sons - and also before they dropped the 'Glenlivet' suffix.  More info

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s
$216.95

Glenfarclas 1963 (cask 178) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 45.1%
Glenfarclas

1963 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, matured in a single Sherry hogshead and released as part of their excellent Family Cask series for their Autumn 2014 release. Only 168 bottles were produced -…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 (cask 178) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$2,700.13

Glen Moray 10 Year Old - 1970s (75.7cl)

76cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This rare bottling of 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery was produced in the 1970s, long before the distillery was sold to its current owner, La Martiniquaise. An…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old - 1970s (75.7cl)
$180.79

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 35cl - 1980s

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

We think that this 35cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. This one comes with the original presentation tube - fancy!  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 35cl - 1980s
$72.32

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This is a very collectible Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a bottle which harks back to the design from decades ago - and it's not just the design…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,205.57

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glen Spey

Bottled and blended at Glen Spey, Spey Royal is a blended Scotch whisky with this bottle dating from around the 1970s.  More info

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s
1
$180.79

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This bottled of Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. The distillery's 12 year old expression has since been replaced by the Founder's Reserve in the 2015,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s
$144.63

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

350cl, 53.7%
Balvenie

This is the start of something big. Massive, some might say. This is Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium, an incredible set of 25 bottles of Balvenie single malt celebrating the work of…  More info

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set
2
$28,123.20

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled Glenallachie single malt here, matured in a single cask for 24 years! It was distilled in February 1992 and left to age in a refill hogshead until February 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$94.47

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

A 17 year old Glenlossie, drawn from a bourbon cask and bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. as part of their Cooper's Choice range. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, with only 300…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$78.28

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