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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.

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1966 Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's Distillery Range. Perfect for reminiscing about a certain World Cup victory...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail
$675.72

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$3,072.47

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)
$1,197.37

Strathisla 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A complex 1960 vintage from the Strathisla distillery, this was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail having been matured in a first fill sherry butt. This is described by the producers as a "Full-bodied…  More info

Strathisla 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,042.24

Glen Grant 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1960 at Speyside's Glen Grant distillery, this was matured in first fill sherry butts. Bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as "uncomplicated - a rich, sherried malt."  More info

Glen Grant 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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$921.45

Glen Grant 1961 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this Glen Grant vintage as "rich and soothing - one to savour." It was distilled in 1961 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info

Glen Grant 1961 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$834.63

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)
$159.33

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
$5,179.95

Mortlach 1981 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

1981 vintage Mortlach single malt from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Vintage range, mature in refill remade American oak hogsheads.  More info

Mortlach 1981 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$266.04

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)
$92.14

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)
$1,560.69

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)
$43.64

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

70cl, 45.9%
Balvenie

This is one of five highly collectible bottlings that make up 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…  More info

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
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$19,822.38

Tomintoul 1968 (bottled 2012) (Lot No. RO/12/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.5%
Tomintoul

Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range features many exciting, seldom-seen whiskies from some cracking Scottish distilleries, just like this release - a 1968 vintage Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Tomintoul 1968 (bottled 2012) (Lot No. RO/12/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$787.53

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
$559.02

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 (bottled 1992) - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe,…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 (bottled 1992) - Gordon and MacPhail
$3,670.70

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
$208.25

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old 1976 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 59.8%
Glendullan

2014 marks the first time the Singleton of Glendullan has been released as part of Diageo's Special Release. Exciting stuff, especially considering this is a 38 year old single malt, matured in…  More info

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old 1976 (2014 Special Release)
$782.46

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 43.3%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1955 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Family Cask range. After a lengthy slumber in a Sherry butt, this release was bottled in June 2013 with an outturn of 507 bottles. It's…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$4,164.78

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Housed in a handsome decanter, this Douglas Laing Premier Barrel release of single cask Craigellachie is 8 years old. 358 of these classy chaps were made.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$51.48

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old 95cl - 1970s

95cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1970s bottling of Glenfiddich 8 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky (or 'Pure Malt Scotch Whisky', as the label proclaims - how times have changed!). This collectible bottle is over 30 years old and…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old 95cl - 1970s
$312.99

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.7%
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
$6,871.90

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)
$1,872.69

Glen Grant 1962 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1962 at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, this was matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Glen Grant 1962 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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$772.03

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)
$2,915.34

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