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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.

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

From the Lomond stills of the Miltonduff distillery in 1979, comes this rare expression of Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2012 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Rare Old range. It was…  More info

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)
$634.14

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)
$163.51

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
$235.49

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 44.2%
Glenfarclas

An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2646.66

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This is an independent bottling of single malt distilled by Glen Spey in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A yummy indie Speyside aged in bourbon barrels until…  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.84

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
$190.94

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)
$43.88

Longmorn 1988 (bottled 2014) (cask 12811) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.1%
Longmorn

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1988 and bottled in September 2014. This handsome indie bottling had an outturn of 263 bottles, presented…  More info

Longmorn 1988 (bottled 2014) (cask 12811) - Mackillop's Choice
$230.57

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)
$1182.34

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
$171.85

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Montgomerie's bottling of 23 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. This release features whisky distilled in November 1991 and set aside to mature until it was…  More info

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$110.20

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
$229.13

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 45.4%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1955 and bottled in late November 2014, this Glenfarclas single malt is around 60 years old! Phenomenally aged in a single Sherry butt, the outturn of which was 544 bottles. "I will…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$5262.69

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
$2851.70

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)
$190.94

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
$76.38

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)
$2329.38

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
$190.94

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
$152.75

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Aultmore

A 1974 vintage Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the very popular Diageo Rare Malts range. It was allowed to mature for 21 years before it was bottled at a generous 60.9%…  More info

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts
$530.33

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.5%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 18 years in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2015 with 229 bottles produced, presented at…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$102.00

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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$29701.93

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$65.21

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.2%
Strathmill

A 23 year old Strathmill single malt bottled by Cadenhead's in 2015 when 438 bottles were produced at 47.2% abv.  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$88.19

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

9 Year Old single malt from Speyside's Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, bottled by langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2006, left to mature in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.90

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