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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.

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A rather rare 1970s bottle from the Dufftown distillery, which states itself to be "the House of Bell's" on both the label and the presentation box. Certainly the distillery was owned by Arthur Bell…  More info

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s
$329.36

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
$197.61

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s

76cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, produced in the 1970s. You can tell it's from a while ago as the bottle calls it 'Unblended all malt Scotch Whisky', rather than single malt, as is…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s
$204.93

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)
$126.72

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3584) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is a Berry Brothers and Rudd independent bottling of Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask. It was distilled back in 1997 and set aside to age in cask #3584 for 16 years.…  More info

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3584) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$86.74

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Red Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

The fifth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography features the work of Mario Testino, the esteemed fashion photographer. For the series, he's created four different prints of an elegant party,…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Red Print)
$2433.57

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

Well-known fashion photographer Mario Testino is Macallan's fifth Master of Photography (previous Masters of Photography include Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson). For his…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)
$2433.57

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Green Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

For the fifth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography series, renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino has produced four fantastic prints, each slightly different and each with a focus on a…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Green Print)
$2433.57

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
$263.48

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 45.40%
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
$6051.76

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.30%
Glenfarclas

Another incredible Family Cask release from Glenfarclas' enviable inventory and Single Cask Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016! Just 159 bottles were produced from the ex-Sherry…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$4873.24

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3055) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.70%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas distilled in 1961(!) and not bottled until 9th July 2014, having spent the interceding years in a single Sherry hogshead until it took on this stunning hue! Extraordinarily well aged…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3055) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1990.45

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015

70cl, 51.80%
Glenfarclas

Bottled in December 2014, this stunning single cask Glenfarclas whisky spent nearly fifty years in a Sherry butt before being bottled as part of the distillery's Spring 2015 releases. The outturn was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015
$1457.70

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)
$219.57

Glen Moray 12 Year Old - Post 1999

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

We think that this bottle of Glen Moray 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced post 1999 - though it sadly hasn't been well looked after, as the label seems to have torn in places.…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old - Post 1999
$73.19

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s 43%

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling at 43% from Glenfiddich's Clans of the Highlands range. This one is dedicated to Clandy Murray's family... Alright it's actually Sir Mungo Jerry Murray, son of the 2nd Earl of Atholl…  More info

Glenfiddich
$146.38

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
$87.83

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)
$2678.64

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Tormore

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tormore distillery, bottled back in the 1980s. This was back when they still used the 'Glenlivet' suffix - as did many other distilleries, though this…  More info

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s
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$146.38

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill butt for 14 years until it was bottled at 50% ABV. It was distilled…  More info

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.60

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s
$131.74

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
$219.57

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
$175.66

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.90%
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
$791.32

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

70cl, 56.50%
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)
$117.29

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