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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.

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11332) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

An Old Particular bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in September 2016 with an outturn of 206 bottles.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11332) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$93.06

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 51.4%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of well-Sherried 26 year old Linkwood single malt, distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2016 by the chaps from WM Cadenhead. A release of 534 bottles.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$129.58

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Inchgower

A single cask bottling of Speyside malt distilled at Inchgower in May 1995 from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill butt was 690 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$85.30

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.6%
Glenrothes

25 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled back in June 1990 and bottled in June 2015 with an outturn of 285 bottles. This comes to us via…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$230.91

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

The Spirit & Cask Range is made up of whiskies selected by German whisky importers Whiskymax. This single cask Glen Grant was distilled in October 1992 and bottled in 2015 without chill filtration…  More info

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range
$78.37

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The third darkest and third most expensive bottling in the no age statement, sherry matured 1824 Series from The Macallan. Sienna is a naturally occuring pigment, referring not only to the hue of…  More info

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series
27
$72.33

Speyside 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 54.3%
Speyside

This is an independently bottled 20 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery (in Speyside, obviously), drawn from a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in June 1996 and set aside to…  More info

Speyside 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
1
$89.92

Balvenie 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 9328) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two

70cl, 62.3%
Balvenie

A 15 year old single malt from the Balvenie distillery, released as part of their second chapter of their DCS Compendium, honouring the many, many years that David Stewart has spent as Malt Master.…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 9328)  - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
$827.19

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$84.86

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich decanter, without box, thought to date from the 1970s. Part of a collectible range that also included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots decanters. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$248.17

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5938 & 5939) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

21 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in May 1995 and cracked open in November 2016. This was independently bottled by the excellent…  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5938 & 5939) (Signatory)
$47.88

Aultmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11066) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.4%
Aultmore

Some rather inviting looking 25 year old Aultmore here! It was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which was filled in February 1990 and cracked open in February 2016. This was bottled as part of…  More info

Aultmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11066) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$254.03

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range.  More info

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48.6%
Glenfarclas

Part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask Spring 2015 Releases, this delicious single malt from the heart of Speyside was filled into a refill Sherry cask back in 1990 and bottled in December 2014. 535…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$255.94

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Aberlour

An indie Aberlour here, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. This is a 26 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, matured in a…  More info

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$185.32

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11334) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Longmorn

A single cask bottling of 21 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1994 and left to mature in a refill hogshead…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11334) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$79.03

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A rare, 44 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 1994 under Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balvenie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7951) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two

70cl, 61.8%
Balvenie

The second chapter of Balvenie's extensive DCS Compendium looks at "The Influence of Oak". This bottling comes from said chapter - it was distilled in August 1997 and aged in a European Port puncheon…  More info

Balvenie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7951) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
$957.48

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

8 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in 2008 and cracked open in 2016. 745 bottles were produced as part of Càrn Mòr's Strictly…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$38.95

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Flagon - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

This is a collectible ceramic flagon from Glenfiddich, celebrating Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scotland in the 1300s. Well know as a great warrior, Robert the Bruce was often depicted holding a…  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Flagon - 1980s
$186.13

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible Glenfiddich ceramic decanter celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, one of three Scottish monarchs in the range. This decanter is thought to date from the 1980s. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s
$186.13

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1980s (Tube)

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich distillery in the Speyside region is one of the most well-known and well-respected Scotch whisky distilleries around the world. This rare bottle of their Glenfiddich Pure Malt from…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1980s (Tube)
$124.09

Mango Anise Sorbet 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A tasty Braeval single malt, aged in a single barrel from 1994 to 2016. It was independently bottled by Wemyss Malts, and named 'Mango Anise Sorbet', to give us an idea of the flavour profile. 254…  More info

Mango Anise Sorbet 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)
$89.37

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

A single cask bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a hogshead which matured the whisky for 25 years, from October 1990 to August 2016. Following maturation, the whisky was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$101.77

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 44.2%
Glenfarclas

An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2,579.94

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