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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.

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)
$89.75

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)
$102.22

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
$2,591.12

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%
Tormore

Tormore aged for 24 years! This tasty Speysider was distilled in April 1992, left to mature in a bourbon barrel and bottled in April 2016 by the folks at Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection.…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$82.41

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.5%
Miltonduff

Hurrah for Miltonduff whisky! Lovely stuff! This bottling of their single malt comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range, and was matured in a single cask from June 1990 to March 2014 (23…  More info

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice
$120.46

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.8%
Imperial

Whisky from a closed distillery, independently bottled by Signatory! This comes from the Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$84.34

Tormore 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 5690 & 5691) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53%
Tormore

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 23 years in a pair of bourbon barrels. This was distilled back in April 1992 and bottled by Signatory in June…  More info

Tormore 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 5690 & 5691) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$82.41

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1978 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, presented as part of the Winter 2015 release of their Family Cask series. This was matured in a 4th fill hogshead from 1978 until August 2015, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$431.72

The Macallan 37 Year Old 1937 (bottled 1974) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Yes, you read that correctly. This Macallan single malt Scotch whisky was distilled all the way back in 1937, before World War II, aged in Sherry oak and originally bottled 37 years later in 1974. It…  More info

The Macallan 37 Year Old 1937 (bottled 1974) - Fine & Rare
$24,920.39

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

A single malt whisky that was distilled in May 2008 at Aberlour distillery, in Aberlour, in Speyside, in Scotland. It spent 8 years maturing in a single refill barrel before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$435.31

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 49.6%
Glenfarclas

A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2,592.28

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
44
$32.58

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.8%
Ardmore

Something very interesting here - a 10 year old peated Speysider! This Ardmore single malt was distilled 16th March 2006 and emerged from a single barrel on 11th May 2016. The outturn was 182 litres.  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$77.84

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
62
$60.23

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8

70cl, 50.2%
Balvenie

Ah, marrying tun 1401. This is where David Stewart weaves some of his finest magic, selecting only the very best casks The Balvenie has to offer to produce some of their rarest and finest…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8
2
$519.20

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 001

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve. This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels and refill casks and sherry butts.…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 001
11
$207.65

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$40.10

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)
1
$39.99

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$50.85

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were filled in June 1995 and bottled in September 2016 at 43% ABV. Signatory are the chaps to thank for…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory
$50.01

Darkness! Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.7%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 23 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt finished for at least 6 months in specially coopered 50 litre ex-Oloroso Sherry cask. Fruity, nutty and rich!  More info

Darkness! Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A Rest & Be Thankful bottling of 15 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled in March 2016 at 40% ABV. Only 119 bottles of this were produced.  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)
$144.77

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%
Strathmill

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled back in March 1990 and set aside to slumber in a…  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 48.9%
Benrinnes

A Gleann Mór bottling of 23 year old Benrinnes single malt, aged in a single cask from May 1993 to July 2016. Released as part of the A Rare Find range, bottled at cask strength with no…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$103.86

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