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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.

Strathisla 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

Distilled in 1954 at the Strathisla distillery and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, the produces describe this as an "after dinner dram".  More info

Strathisla 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,211.32

Strathisla 1949 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

Bottled in 1997 by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled in 1949 at the Strathisla distillery in Speyside, one of the oldest in the Highlands.  More info

Strathisla 1949 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3,078.35

Linkwood 1946 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Linkwood

A sherry matured, 36 year old single malt, distilled in 1946 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Linkwood 1946 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$4,298.53

Glenrothes 1979 (bottled 1994)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky and this bottling offers up some aged delights from 1979, no less. Please nose: Unfortunately the back label and presentation tube has suffered a bit of…  More info

Glenrothes 1979 (bottled 1994)
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$330.00

Smith's Glenlivet 1949 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Extremely long-aged single malt from the legendary Glenlivet distillery, laid down in 1949 and matured until 2001! This was independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Distillery Labels…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1949 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail
$3,352.06

Glen Grant 1936 (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A rare vintage bottling of Glen Grant single malt, made with whisky distilled all the way back in 1936 (just a few years after the memorable Major Grant passed away), independently bottled by Gordon…  More info

Glen Grant 1936 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$4,826.18

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)
$165.64

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
$257.91

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5113) (Adelphi)

70cl, 55.5%
Glenrothes

This right here is an independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! It was distilled back in 1991 and left to mature for 25 years until 2016, when…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5113) (Adelphi)
$194.00

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
$232.12

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)
$44.45

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
$180.54

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
$257.91

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
$3,592.83

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)
$193.43

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
$2,842.07

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
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$257.91

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.5%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood, matured for 18 years! This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in Madeira oak. 318 bottles were produced for The Coppers Choice…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$91.88

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.48

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 64.1%
Craigellachie

A 9 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2006 and matured for 9 years in a single cask. Following that, it was bottled by Scotland Grindlay at cask strength - a very…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)
$87.92

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A gift set from the Benromach distillery, containing a bottle of their excellent 10 year old single malt along with a branded notebook and pencil - great for scribbling tasting notes down...  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set
$48.82

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2016 by Langside. A release of 283 bottles.  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016)  - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.38

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

You may be more accustomed to reading Glenfiddich described as a Speyside single malt rather than a Highland pure malt, but nothing is amiss here! The entire Speyside region lies within the Highlands…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s
$309.49

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11361) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

Yummy honey'd Glentauchers, aged in a single refill hogshead for 7 years - from April 2009 to August 2016. It was independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Provenance range, producing 402…  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11361) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.04

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 234) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%
Glenrothes

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes, aged in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in May 1997 and set aside to mature until January 2016, when it was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 234) - Mackillop's Choice
$137.98

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