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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.

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
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$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
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$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

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich decanter, without box, thought to date from the 1970s. Part of a collectible range that also included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots decanters. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$241.06

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.5%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood, matured for 18 years! This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in Madeira oak. 318 bottles were produced for The Coppers Choice…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$85.88

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Distilled in March 2009 and bottled in May 2016, this 7 year old Mortlach single malt from the Speyside region was bottled at 46% abv by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$42.72

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible Glenfiddich ceramic decanter celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, one of three Scottish monarchs in the range. This decanter is thought to date from the 1980s. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s
$180.79

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.57

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 64.1%
Craigellachie

A 9 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2006 and matured for 9 years in a single cask. Following that, it was bottled by Scotland Grindlay at cask strength - a very…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)
$82.18

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A gift set from the Benromach distillery, containing a bottle of their excellent 10 year old single malt along with a branded notebook and pencil - great for scribbling tasting notes down...  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set
$38.71

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2016 by Langside. A release of 283 bottles.  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016)  - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$38.68

Glenfarclas 2007 (bottled 2014) (casks 13 & 14) - 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

A limited edition bottling of Glefarclas single malt, drawn from a pair of casks which were laid down in 2007 and bottled in 2014. Glenfarclas released this whisky in collaboration with the Stirling…  More info

Glenfarclas 2007 (bottled 2014) (casks 13 & 14) - 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn
$98.13

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Distilled in 2004, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky has enjoyed a finishing period in Port pipes to impart sweet, fruity notes to the Speyside whisky. It was bottled in 2016 as part of the…  More info

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$56.00

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 5 year old Ardmore here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in 2011 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled for the Strictly Limited range by Càrn Mòr with an outturn of 690…  More info

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$33.92

Aultmore 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An indie bottling of 6 year old Aultmore single malt, matured in a pair of Sherry hogshead casks which were filled in 2010 and cracked open in 2016 by the folks from Càrn Mòr as part of their…  More info

Aultmore 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.22

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 54.2%
Craigellachie

An incredibly well-aged single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, drawn from a single cask. This was distilled in 1970, a few years after Craigellachie doubled the number of stills in their…  More info

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,028.74

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, which spent 20 years maturing in a bourbon hogshead before being bottled at cask strength by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird series.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$82.18

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)

70cl, 47.3%
Balvenie

A collectible bottle of 33 year old Balvenie, distilled in November 1972 and bottled in May 2006 as part of their Vintage Cask series. Only 150 bottles were produced. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)
$2,762.10

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)

70cl, 44.9%
Glenfiddich

40 year old whisky from the storied Glenfiddich distillery. They release their 40 year old expressions in small batches each year - this particular one was from their 2004 release, with only 600…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)
$3,711.26

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)

70cl, 46.9%
Balvenie

This right here is a rare bottle of 25 year old Balvenie single malt, distilled in November 1974 and matured in a single cask until October 2000. It was then bottled at 46.9% ABV. This bottle was…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)
$803.48

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

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A collectable piece from the Glenfiddich Clans of the Highlands series - this is a 70cl bottle of Glenfiddich with the Clan Sutherland presentation tin, alongside a 5cl Glenfiddich miniature with an…  More info

Glenfiddich
$120.53

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11332) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

An Old Particular bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 1005 and bottled in September 2016 with an outturn of 206 bottles.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11332) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$90.40

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

7 year old single malt from the Dailuaine distillery, finished in a wine cask! This was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when the chaps from Langside got their hands on it and bottled it…  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.14

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