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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.

Macduff 2008 (cask 0121) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of Macduff from the Spirit & Cask Range, selected by Whiskymax. Distilled April 2008 and bottled in 2015, the outurn was 455 bottles.  More info

Macduff 2008 (cask 0121) - Spirit & Cask Range
$39.97

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$436.52

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.8%
Glen Moray

A WM Cadenhead bottling of Glen Moray single malt, matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads for 17 years - from 1998 to 2015. This is a release of 504 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$68.65

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9935) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Moray

After the Douglas Laing assets were divided, Stewart Laing's new company Hunter Laing got the Old Malt Cask brand. This Glen Moray 21 Year Old, distilled in October 1991 and bottled in August 2013,…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9935) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.95

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A first fill sherry hogshead matured 1964 vintage from the Strathisla distillery. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Nicely smoky, the sherry provides great balance.  More info

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$814.44

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
$5,160.38

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 53.4%
Glenfarclas

The hits keep on coming from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. Part of their Summer 2014 release, this is a 1988 vintage single malt, matured in a refill Sherry butt (#434) until March 2014. 603 of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$276.77

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$606.79

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage

70cl, 46%
Speyside

As with SPEY's Royal Choice, this bottling celebrates the fact that when Lord Byron married Annabelle Millbanke in 1815 he gifted a barrel of whisky from the Speyside distillery to King George III.…  More info

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage
$97.03

Longmorn 1983 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, this is a 1983 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky which has been presented in a tastefully retro bottle. It was distilled back in 1983 and left to mature in oak…  More info

Longmorn 1983 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$233.85

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

From a series of collectible flagons by Glenfiddich, comes this handsome piece, celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, who ascended to the throne when she was six days old, following the death of her…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - 1980s
$187.08

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.7%
Glenrothes

A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay. This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them…  More info

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$861.20

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A excellent chance to enjoy some excitingly well matured single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. It was distilled all the way back in 1951 and left to mature in a single…  More info

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,575.16

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$493.68

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This is 1965 Strathisla bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Strathisla is predominately used in the Chivas Regal blend however the single malt is exceptional if you can find a bottle.  More info

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)
$761.27

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Spey distillery, presented by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 and matured in a single…  More info

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$81.34

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$39.97

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Miltonduff

A marvellous Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the chaps from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled back in 1984, a few years after Miltonduff's Lomond stills were…  More info

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$247.83

Strathisla 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This Strathisla was distilled in 1969 and was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. Strathisla is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands and is a key component in the Chivas Regal Blend.  More info

Strathisla 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$541.89

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)
$37.37

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.8%
The Glenlivet

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,849.85

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A 1955 vintage single malt distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's "Smith's Glenlivet" range. Dignified and slightly smoky, an incredible dram.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail
$1,846.27

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

Mortlach was where William Grant of Glenfiddich and Balvenie fame started his career in whisky. To this day it remains a firm favourite of many whisky fans so it is no wonder that Gordon and MacPhail…  More info

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)
$430.61

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1974 Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin as part of their Distillery Label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail
$437.22

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.4%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$88.23

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