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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.

Glenfiddich 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 28117)

70cl, 56.3%
Glenfiddich

Single cask single malt from the Glenfiddich distillery, which was distilled in 1978 and aged in cask #28117 for 38 years before being bottled by Glenfiddich themselves! Only 159 bottles were…  More info

Glenfiddich 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 28117)
$2,703.21

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1947 (bottled 1962) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 45.4%
The Macallan

Macallan's Fine & Rare range explores the Speyside-based distillery's history with vintages of their whisky from long ago. This particular bottling is rather interesting indeed - it was distilled in…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1947 (bottled 1962) - Fine & Rare
2
$21,715.59

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

This is a single cask bottling of 18 year old Tamdhu single malt, which was distilled in May 1998 and bottled in November 2016. Douglas Laing bottled this one as part of their Old Particular range,…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.74

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2007 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

9 year old Glenrothes single malt, aged in a single Sherry butt and independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2017 with an outturn…  More info

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2007 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$41.83

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s

35cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

We think that this collectable half-bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve was produced in the 1990s, back when the distillery labelled their single malt as "pure malt". This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s
$49.88

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49.5%
Glen Spey

24 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask which housed the whisky from August 1991 to February 2016. Following its maturation, this was independently bottled by Gordon & Company for…  More info

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$104.87

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2011) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

Very well-aged Tamdhu single malt - yum yum yum! This was distilled in 1971 (back when Tamdhu only has 2 stills) and aged until 2011, when Gordon & MacPhail bottled it at 43% ABV for the MacPhail's…  More info

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2011) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$446.88

Glenburgie 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 16309) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.3%
Glenburgie

Single cask single malt from Glenburgie, independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This was distilled in October 1989 and left to age for 26 years, until January 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenburgie 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 16309) - Mackillop's Choice
$217.45

Strathmill 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 1530) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52%
Strathmill

Independently bottled single malt from the Strathmill distillery, aged in a single cask for 18 years - from March 1997 to January 2016. 155 bottles were produced, bottled for the Mackillop's Choice…  More info

Strathmill 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 1530) - Mackillop's Choice
$132.71

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 7327) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 47.3%
Linkwood

26 year old Linkwood single malt, aged in a Sherry wood cask from December 1989 to January 2016. This Mackillop's Choice bottling was a release of just 180 bottles.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 7327)  - Mackillop's Choice
$314.91

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11536) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A richly smoky single malt from the Ardmore distillery, independently bottled by the wonderful Douglas Laing. This was distilled in July 2008 and left to mature in a refill barrel for 8 years, before…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11536) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.71

Miltonduff 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11530) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff here, bottled as part of the Douglas Laing Provenance range. This was distilled in July 2009 by Miltonduff and aged in a refill hogshead cask for 7 years before Douglas Laing…  More info

Miltonduff 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11530) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.71

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 13)

70cl, 46.2%
Glenfiddich

The 13th release of 40 year old single malt from the Glenfiddich distillery. Interestingly, Glenfiddich use remnant vatting to create their 40 year old expressions - the Malt Master selects casks and…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 13)
$2,827.49

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11583) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Speyside

Yet another yummy indie bottling from Doulgas Laing and their Old Particular range - this one featuring single malt Scotch whisky from the Speyside distillery. It was distilled in December 2000 and…  More info

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11583) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$53.75

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 42.7%
Glenfarclas

Another addition to the Glenfarclas Family Cask range (which already features oodles of astonishing single cask whiskies) - this one is a 1974 vintage single malt aged in a refill hogshead until July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$2,792.80

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A stylish gift pack from one of Speyside's most well-known residents - Macallan. It contains a 70cl bottle of the Gold expression from their 1824 Series, along with two branded glasses.  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$46.72

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. An incredibly well-Sherried Macallan to say the least. Those curiously…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2
$617.25

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
79
$38.40

Macallan 29 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 43.5%
The Macallan

We're proud to present our own bottling of Macallan 29 Year Old single malt. After nearly three decades maturating in a single Sherry hogshead, this has taken on generous helpings of rich fruit and…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$800.16

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 56

70cl, 61.2%
Aberlour

It's the 56th batch of Aberlour's very popular A'Bunadh, matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask strength. These are always excellent as winter warmers and postprandial drams.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 56
5
$48.67

The Macallan Oscuro

70cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

A beautiful, extremely limited edition Macallan released for travel retail, Oscuro is made with whisky from 1987 and 1997 and it's sherried and incredibly rich. Please note: We've found that the…  More info

The Macallan Oscuro
7
$779.42

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Aultmore

Sharks and Velociraptors. An eternal rivalry which goes back to the dawn of the time. Though many have since forgotten this endless conflict, That Boutique-y Whisky Company document it in wonderful…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

The Macallan Reflexion

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Reflexion is a superb expression from the legendary distillery in Speyside, created by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno using whiskies matured exclusively in first-fill Sherry seasoned…  More info

The Macallan Reflexion
2
$930.10

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5940 & 5941) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This is an independent bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks by the Signatory chaps! This was distilled in May 1995 and left to age for 21 years until…  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5940 & 5941) (Signatory)
$48.12

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 53.4%
Mannochmore

A rare official bottling of Mannochmore here, bottled at natural cask strength as part of the 2016 Diageo Special Releases. Interestingly, it's matured in fresh American oak and European oak casks as…  More info

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)
$259.80

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