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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.

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$403.52

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55%
Tamdhu

An A. D. Rattray bottling of 7 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry cask. It was distilled by Tamdhu in January 2008 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of just…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$60.81

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This independently bottled single malt was distilled by the Glen Spey distillery back in the year 2000 (it still sounds so futuristic). In cask #263, this Glen Spey matured for 13 years, until it was…  More info

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$69.30

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 47%
Glenfarclas

The 1984 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the fabulous Glenfarclas Family Cask range. It was matured in plain hogshead #6032 until March 2014. 211 bottled were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$2076.80

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Purple Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

Macallan's Masters of Photography series grows once more. For this edition, famous fashion photographer Mario Testino has produced four prints of a classy party, each subtly focussing on a different…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Purple Print)
$2535.03

Linkwood 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1827) - The Maltman

70cl, 48.70%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery - not every day you see some of this! In April 1989 this whisky was filled into cask #1827, a bourbon…  More info

Linkwood 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1827) - The Maltman
$119.36

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)

70cl, 47.70%
Strathmill

A single cask bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in March 1992 and bottled in July 2014 for the Beinn a'Cheò range by the Scottish Liqueur Centre. Those unfamiliar with…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)
$116.64

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Flagon - 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 Flagon - 1980s
$220.55

Strathisla 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail) 43%

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

The slightly higher strength 1963 vintage from Strathisla, bottled by the Elgin based Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Strathisla 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail) 43%
$904.66

Miltonduff 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.30%
Miltonduff

An bottling of 24 year old Miltonduff from the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1990 and left to mature in bourbon hogsheads until 2014, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an…  More info

Miltonduff 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$121.42

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)
$284.28

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.70%
Glen Moray

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in just one cask that whole time. The cask was filled in September 1990 and emptied in March 2014, producing…  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice
$161.62

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #04 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Longmorn

Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014 for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, which is arranged in order from the lightest, most gentle whiskies to the most…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #04 (La Maison du Whisky)
$49.20

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.50%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this is a 1999 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was left to mature in cask #6321, a Sherry butt. This Sherry butt was opened in July 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$258.46

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dufftown

Independently bottled Dufftown single malt, distilled all the way back in 1995. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, it has been bottled at 48.4% abv in handsome bottles covered in…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$99.38

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 49.60%
Glenfarclas

A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2995.74

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.70%
Glenfarclas

Part of the Summer 2014 release of the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1954 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in plain butt #1259. A small release of 453 bottles, bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$5016.62

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)
$1402.92

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which does not have many of their own bottlings, but does see a fair few independent releases. It was distilled in…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$58.50

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

70cl, 53.60%
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)
$135.96

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)
$2689.43

Glen Spey 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Spey

Distilled at Glen Spey in 1995, aged in refill American hogshead before bottling in 2008 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$95.32

Benrinnes 28 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.80%
Benrinnes

A Hunter Laing bottling of 28 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Benrinnes distillery in Speyside. Part of the Hunter Laing Old & Rare Platinum collection, this whisky sat in a single refill…  More info

Benrinnes 28 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$333.38

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$294.06

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This Longmorn from 2002 was distilled a year after Pernod Ricard took over the distillery. Matured for 11 years in a sherry finished hogshead (cask 10029), it was then bottled by Hunter Laing for the…  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$82.97

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