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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 Special Old Reserve 1l - late 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - late 1970s
$216.34

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
$144.23

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
$86.54

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)
$2698.87

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Give the gift of Benromach with this rather excellent set, featuring a 70cl bottle of their ace 10 Year Old expression (matured mostly in bourbon casks with some Sherry casks, and finished in Sherry…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$50.18

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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$144.23

Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old

70cl, 52.50%
Kininvie

The Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old was an exclusive release from William Grant and Sons, produced in celebration of the 105th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts, granddaughter of William Grant. This was the…  More info

Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old
$715.13

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)
$72.52

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

A 1980s bottling of 12 year old Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, presented in its distinctivly stout, square(-ish) bottle.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s
$288.46

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
$129.81

Spey Royal - 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 - 1970s
$216.34

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
$173.07

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare 1970s bottling of 8 Year Old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Great for collectors, whisky enthusiasts or time travellers.  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s
$173.07

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% ABV.  More info

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts
$779.68

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 47.70%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Lady of the Glen bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Braeval distillery, known as the Braes of Glenlivet distillery until 1994, when they changed their name. In fact, this…  More info

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$125.22

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)
$115.57

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.10%
Tormore

19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask! It was distilled in 1995 and bottled 19 years later by Hannah Whisky Merchants for their Lady of the Glen range at…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$115.18

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 50.80%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, distilled in 1997 and matured in bourbon barrel 30777. It was bottled on 16th April 2015 and is named after a local farm in the valley of the Livet.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition
$222.36

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Luggage (Travel Retail) 1l

100cl, 46%
Knockando

Another winning combination of anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from Knockdu distillery and artwork from illustrator Peter Arkle, this time originally released for travel retail. The design shows…  More info

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Luggage (Travel Retail) 1l
$60.37

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)

70cl, 46.60%
Glenfiddich

A twelfth release of Glenfiddich's exceptional limited edition 40 year old single malt. Using a 'remnant vatting' process, some of the previous batch is carried over each time and vatted with the…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)
$3178.66

Bitter Sweet Barley 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1997 to 2015. It was bottled by the folks at Wemyss Malts - 291 bottles were produced. This release has been given the…  More info

Bitter Sweet Barley 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)
$84.76

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenglassaugh

An independent bottling of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Having previously been Glenglassaugh's Managing Director, don't be surprised if this an absolute belter,…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$598.55

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is an independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery (known colloquially to some as the Beast of Dufftown). It was distilled back in 2008 and left to…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.28

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 45.20%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas Family Cask Releases are something very special indeed, and they just keep coming! This stunning 1960 vintage, from a single cask that had an outturn of just 194 bottles, was disgorged on…  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$3035.97

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.50%
Linkwood

A Speyside distillery with a top reputation among blenders, but with very few official bottlings of single malt (essentially only a Flora & Fauna 12 year old). This means that fans must rely on…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$215.07

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