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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.

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
$131.60

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
$219.33

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
$175.46

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
$790.45

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)
$117.17

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)
$116.77

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
$3040.16

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

350cl, 53.70%
Balvenie

This is the start of something big. Massive, some might say. This is Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium, an incredible set of 25 bottles of Balvenie single malt celebrating the work of…  More info

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set
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$34118.00

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independent bottling of Braeval single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt for 14 years - although you'd never know it from the colour! The colour is of course natural, however, whereas many…  More info

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$67.95

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.92

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$68.49

Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)

70cl, 42.90%
Glenrothes

This handsome bottle right here is a 1969 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single refill hogshead. Just 133 beautifully presented bottles were produced. A sight to behold.  More info

Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)
$4869.07

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An indie bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled back in June 1997, and aged until October 2015. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.33

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.20%
Strathmill

A 23 year old Strathmill single malt bottled by Cadenhead's in 2015 when 438 bottles were produced at 47.2% abv.  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$101.30

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

This is the second release of 37 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glen Grant in 1973 and bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$562.25

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glentauchers

A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentuachers distillery! This has been independently bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli. Beautifully presented, we might add.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli
$151.73

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead independent bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, presented as part of their wonderful Small Batch series.  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$72.16

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

9 Year Old single malt from Speyside's Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, bottled by langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2006, left to mature in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.43

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A cool collectible from years gone by - this bottling of Glenfiddich was released as part of their Clans of the Highlands series, each of which celebrating a different Scottish clan on the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$146.16

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$506.74

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.90%
Glen Moray

An independent Glen Moray single malt from Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, distilled in March 1994 and bottled in October 2015. The outturn was 216 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$104.64

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.40%
Mortlach

Muscular Mortlach matured in a first fill bourbon cask! The outturn was 292 bottles at 50.4% abv, a common bottling strength for Murray McDavid's Mission Gold range.  More info

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$214.39

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 47.70%
The Glenlivet

Independently bottled 33 year old Glenlivet here - oh yes, this'll be tasty stuff! It was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2010 by Murray McDavid as part of their Mission Gold range, and it certainly…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$384.85

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 9416) (Adelphi)

70cl, 53.40%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt, distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 by Adelphi. 190 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 9416) (Adelphi)
$153.50

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8643) (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.20%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Longmorn distillery, which resides in the village of Longmorn in the Speyside region. It was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2015 with…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8643) (Adelphi)
$182.66

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