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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.

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,121.92

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s

113cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s
$226.38

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A bottle of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled a year after the distillery changed their name from Braes of Glenlivet. Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range of…  More info

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$79.96

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenfarclas

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
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$14,667.46

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 56.8%
Miltonduff

This is a 20 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hoggie and bottled by Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Stuart Nickerson was previously the Managing…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$160.06

Tormore 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 100152) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 51.5%
Tormore

This Tormore was distilled in 1992 and bottled 20 years later in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info

Tormore 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 100152) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$84.39

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

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Complete with presentation tin, these Clans of the Highlands Glenfiddich bottlings are eminently collectible. This is the Clan Montgomerie edition, dating from the 1980s.  More info

Glenfiddich
$100.61

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.98

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 55.2%
Glenfarclas

A 1959 vintage Glenfarclas family cask! Just look at it - it looks like treacle! Matured in a single ex-Sherry hoggie, it was bottled on 28th November 2014 and released as part of the Spring 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$2,991.60

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.9%
Glenfarclas

Filled into a single 'plain' or refill hogshead back in 1962 and bottled in July 2014 for release in Autumn of that year, this Glenfarclas Speyside malt whisky (or Highland, as they place on their…  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$3,589.58

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.2%
Glen Moray

Bottled by WM Cadenhead, this is a Small Batch release of 22 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 1992. The bottle refers to the distillery using its rather traditional…  More info

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$92.56

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.4%
Tomintoul

45 year old Tomintoul single malt - quite a rare sight, I'm sure you'll agree, considering that this was distilled in 1969 and the distillery was founded only a few years earlier in 1964! This has…  More info

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,567.82

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.07

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 6089) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is an independent bottling of 22 year old Aultmore single malt, bottled by the wonderful Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1991, matured in cask #6089 and bottled by BB&R in 2014 at 46%…  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 6089) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$110.11

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

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Clans of the Highlands collection. This bottles comes with a collector's tin featuring a portrait of Kenneth…  More info

Glenfiddich
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$125.77

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
$59.56

Glen Grant 1957 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Glen Grant vintage single malt distilled in 1957 and matured in first fill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the dram as "a malt for the connoisseur of sherry…  More info

Glen Grant 1957 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,278.64

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$83.33

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt, bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice indie bottling range! Interestingly, this whisky (which was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015) was allowed a…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.84

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One

70cl, 45.9%
Balvenie

One of five highly collectible bottles from the first chapter of the Balvenie DCS Compendium - in fact, this is the oldest whisky in Chapter One; a 46 year old single malt Scotch whisky, set aside to…  More info

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
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$19,912.95

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s

100cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 1980s bottling of classic Glenlivet 12 Year Old - especially attractive now as The Glenlivet 12 was replaced by Founder's Reserve in markets such as the UK in March 2015.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s
$188.65

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A rare, 44 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 1994 under Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3,466.82

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2013) - The Macphail's Collection

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

Tamdhu reopened in 2012, having been mothballed back in 2009, but this whisky was distilled back in 1971. Back then, the distillery only has a single pair of stills, Apollo 14 was landing on the moon…  More info

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2013) - The Macphail's Collection
$450.67

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A rather classic, classy bottling of Glenlivet single malt, presented by Gordon & MacPahil as part of their Distillery Labels series. This very well-matured dram was distilled in 1948 and was…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3,411.53

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 59.1%
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
$180.21

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