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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.

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tormore

27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery, aged in a single refill butt. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled 27 years later in April 2016 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$108.13

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.2%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of single malt from the Longmorn distillery, matured in a refill hogshead for three decades! Yes, this is a 30 year old Longmorn, distilled back in October 1985 (long before…  More info

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$293.99

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

This is the legendary 21 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range - spectacular Speyside whisky aged in both sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
4
$303.39

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 25 year old from The Glenlivet, finished in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)
21
$204.84

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.05

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5932 & 5936) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This is a 1995 vintage Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky matured for over 21 years in two casks before being bottled by Signatory.  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5932 & 5936) (Signatory)
1
$47.79

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)
$257.99

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
28
$46.43

Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%
The Macallan

A fifth batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, only this time with an age statement! This is part of the April 2016 relaunch that will see all new Boutique-y bottlings…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
6
$513.87

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, released as part of their Spring 2015 Family Cask release. It was left to age in a single Sherry hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$237.25

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 193 & 194) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown, bottled without chill-filtration! This is a 20 year old Mortlach single malt, distilled in July 1996 and matured in a pair of hogshead casks until November 2016, when it was…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 193 & 194) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$54.54

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 148490) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 50.1%
Glen Grant

An 18 year old single cask Glen Grant, bottled by A. D. Rattray. This was distilled back in October 1997 and allowed to mature in a bourbon cask until September 2016, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 148490) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$70.44

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.9%
Tomintoul

This 20 year old Tomintoul was placed in a specially coopered 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask for the final few months (at least six of 'em) of its maturation for greater intensity.  More info

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$97.98

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 91821) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 50%
Glenrothes

19 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, which has been finished in a Pedro Ximénez cask. It was distilled back in January 1997 and bottled in June 2016 by Ian Macleod for their…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 91821) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$92.94

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.2%
Mortlach

This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel from March 2008 to September 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$88.32

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.2%
Glen Keith

23 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were filled in October 1992 and cracked open in March 2016. This was bottled by Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$86.14

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.8%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$97.98

Benromach 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 4606)

70cl, 48.9%
Benromach

Very well aged single malt from the benromach distillery, distilled in 1973 and matured in a single refill American hogshead until 2016, when it was bottled at 48.9% ABV. An incredibly small release…  More info

Benromach 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 4606)
1
$1,440.58

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$61.87

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6174) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A Signatory bottling of 17 year old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a hogshead cask which was filled in May 1999 and emptied in November 2016. It was bottled as part of the…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6174) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$47.83

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were filled in June 1995 and bottled in September 2016 at 43% ABV. Signatory are the chaps to thank for…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory
$49.70

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$131.87

The Macallan Select Oak 1l

100cl, 40%
The Macallan

From Macallan's Travel Retail Range - The 1824 Collection - comes this lovely whisky aged in American oak seasoned with either sherry or bourbon, and first fill European oak sherry casks. Delightful.  More info

The Macallan Select Oak 1l
25
$61.87

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An exciting new age statement expression from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
3
$50.01

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)

20cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 20cl bottling of Balvenie's excellent 12 Year Old DoubleWood, aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in European oak Sherry casks.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)
$15.83

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