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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.

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of 13 year old single malt from the Mortlach distillery, distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2016 by WM Cadenhead. A release of 666 bottles. "6. 6. 6. The number of the Beast (of…  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$48.13

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 1129) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This right here is a single cask bottling of 19 year old Glenlossie single malt, distilled in February 1997 and bottled in November 2016 by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection.  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 1129) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$44.41

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 1 litre bottling of 20 year old Glen Deveron single malt Scotch whisky, originally released for the Travel Retail market. 'Glen Deveron' is the name used by the Macduff distillery for their…  More info

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection
11
$82.97

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)
$129.99

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.6%
The Glenlivet

Another official single cask bottling from The Glenlivet named after one of the farms in the Livet valley, Ladderfoot spent its 16 year maturation period in a Sherry butt (cask 120960).  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition
$191.78

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
$78.62

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 004

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A bottle from Bavenie's fourth batch of Balvenie Signature, the penultimate release from the series. This was a 12 year old single malt matured in a trio of cask types - Oloroso Sherry butts, first…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 004
$124.42

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 005

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A bottle of Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 5. Batch 5 was the final release from Balvenie's Signature Series, matured in a combination of Oloroso Sherry butts, first fill bourbon barrels and…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 005
$124.42

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Distilled in March 2009 and bottled in May 2016, this 7 year old Mortlach single malt from the Speyside region was bottled at 46% abv by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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
$72.56

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
$90.21

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 003

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

Balvenie's Signature comes back for a third batch! This is again a 12 year old expression from the Speyside-based distillery, which has been matured in a combination of Oloroso sherry butts, first…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 003
$129.60

Strathisla 18 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.9%
Strathisla

A Small Batch Cadenhead bottling of 18 year old Strathisla single malt, distilled in 1997 and bottled 18 years later in 2016. A release of 774 bottles.  More info

Strathisla 18 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$70.60

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
$829.78

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)
$85.13

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
$248.95

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in December 1997 and left to age in said Sherry butt until February 2016, when it was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.77

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)
$48.03

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
$256.74

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)
$185.90

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)
$79.28

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
$960.48

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)
$39.07

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