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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 (35cl) - 1990s

35cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

We think that this collectable half-bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve was produced in the 1990s, back when the distillery labelled their single malt as "pure malt". This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s
$49.89

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49.5%
Glen Spey

24 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask which housed the whisky from August 1991 to February 2016. Following its maturation, this was independently bottled by Gordon & Company for…  More info

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$104.88

Glenfiddich 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 28117)

70cl, 56.3%
Glenfiddich

Single cask single malt from the Glenfiddich distillery, which was distilled in 1978 and aged in cask #28117 for 38 years before being bottled by Glenfiddich themselves! Only 159 bottles were…  More info

Glenfiddich 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 28117)
$2,650.32

Aultmore 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 55.1%
Aultmore

Single cask Aultmore - awesome! This was distilled in May 2004 and set aside to mature until November 2016, when Gleann Mór came along and bottled it up for the A Rare Find range. 223 bottles were…  More info

Aultmore 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$59.74

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Another wonderful vintage of single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery. This particularly well-honey'd expression was distilled back in 1995, and set aside to mature until 2016.  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2016)
$88.29

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.5%
The Macallan

Another batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The second batch to carry an age statement - a full 29 years on this occasion - the label once again features the…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
5
$571.58

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Introduced in 2016 (along with a 12 Year Old expression), this 18 Year Old Glen Grant delivers gorgeous notes of vanilla, nuts and caramel. This was named Jim Murray's Second Finest Whisky in the…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition
2
$113.23

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An 18 year old single malt, joining Macallan's Fine Oak range. The series shows off a deft balance between juicy Sherried notes and vanilla/citrus rich bourbon oak elements.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak
$187.03

The Macallan 40 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 45%
The Macallan

Back in 2006, whilst creating that year's 30 year old, Bob Delgarno set aside an additional parcel of Sherry casks that would be allowed to continue to age. A decade later, this non-vintage 40 year…  More info

The Macallan 40 Year Old 2016 Release
$9,141.01

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old (46%)

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas’ stunning 40 year old whisky launched during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2010, and not only is it absolutely astonishing, it is also amazing value for money! It offers all of…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old (46%)
18
$701.56

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. An incredibly well-Sherried Macallan to say the least. Those curiously…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
5
$617.32

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Aultmore

Sharks and Velociraptors. An eternal rivalry which goes back to the dawn of the time. Though many have since forgotten this endless conflict, That Boutique-y Whisky Company document it in wonderful…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Macallan 1966 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of their Speymalt range, which shows off a wide variety of Macallan vintages. It was distilled in 1966…  More info

Macallan 1966 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$930.21

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.1%
Tomintoul

Wow - a 48 year old Tomintoul single malt here from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold independent bottling range! It was distilled in 1967 (only two years after the distillery was founded) and bottled in…  More info

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$351.24

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

1967 vintage Macallan, anyone? Now that we have your attention, here is a 1967 vintage Macallan! Bottled under Gordon & Macphail's Speymalt label in 2016, this is an extraordinarily aged single malt…  More info

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

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)
$255.33

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.7%
Strathmill

A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Longmorn 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

Released to replace the 15 year old, part of a relaunch of Longmorn, promoting the brand as a super premium single malt maker. This is a superb 16 year old, recommended.  More info

Longmorn 16 Year Old
15
$90.37

Longmorn 23 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

Well-aged single malt from the Longmorn distillery, matured for 23 years before being bottled. Very handsome whisky, with an equally handsome bottle along with a presentation case to match.  More info

Longmorn 23 Year Old
$467.65

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 59.7%
Cragganmore

Single cask Cragganmore - not a common sight, as much of their spirit makes its way into blends. This one was particularly well-aged, being distilled in Jun 1986 and maturing in a refill hogshead for…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$317.75

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%
Glen Moray

Yet another new addition to That Boutique-y Whisky Company's ever growing range - Batch 1 of their Glen Moray! The label depicts the River Lossie spectacularly bursting its banks, flooding the…  More info

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glen Moray

A 1988 vintage, 25 year old Glen Moray single malt, which has been treated to a Port cask finish before bottling. Comes with a handsome presentation box and a scroll, which is lovely, because we…  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish
1
$124.72

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2,598.35

Glen Grant 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1963 and matured in refill sherry casks, this is a light Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who suggest this as an aperitif.  More info

Glen Grant 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$713.90

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

How often do you see Dallas Dhu single malt, eh? "Not often" is likely your answer, as the distillery in the Speyside region has been closed since 1983 (though all of the distillation equipment is…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

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