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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.

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)
$350.37

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)

70cl, 44.9%
Glenfiddich

40 year old whisky from the storied Glenfiddich distillery. They release their 40 year old expressions in small batches each year - this particular one was from their 2004 release, with only 600…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)
$3,828.33

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
$124.41

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)
$254.69

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)

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.2%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,419.79

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

An indie bottling from the brilliant Glenrothes distillery, aged for 27 years - from 1989 to 2016. Following that rather lengthy maturation, it was bottled by WM Cadenhead for the Small Batch range,…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$128.45

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1953 (cask 1682)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenfarclas

This exceptional 1953 vintage is one of the oldest ever releases of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled on 25th November 1953, it spent 58 years in a single Sherry cask before it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1953 (cask 1682)
$5,655.05

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)
$316.96

BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

This 21 year old malt is part of BenRiach's Wood Finish or Cask Finish range, where whiskies mature in refill American oak casks before spending a finishing period in a more active wine or fortified…  More info

BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Cask Finish
$122.08

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.8%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$201.77

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 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
$712.13

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

The Macallan M - 1824 Series

70cl, 44.5%
The Macallan

The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an…  More info

The Macallan M - 1824 Series
2
$3,421.30

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

Independently bottled single single malt Scotch whisky from the Convalmore distillery, which shut its doors in 1985 for the last time. It was distilled 10 years before that, in 1975, and bottled in…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$565.10

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A stylish gift pack from one of Speyside's most well-known residents - Macallan. It contains a 70cl bottle of the Gold expression from their 1824 Series, along with two branded glasses.  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$46.60

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is a rich 19 year old single malt matured in oak casks previously used to age fine Madeira wine. This has created an earthy, distinctive whisky with a full bodied yet…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish
8
$111.01

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.3%
Linkwood

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have independently bottled another fantastic Linkwood single malt, and this time, it's got an age statement! This is a delicious 26 year old whisky from the distillery…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$124.36

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A handsome gift set from the Knockando distillery, featuring a bottle of their 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve along with two branded tasting glasses.  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$73.35

Glen Grant 50 Year Old

70cl, 54.4%
Glen Grant

A 50 year old single cask single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery. Blimey. This whisky was matured in a single Sherry butt and rested patiently for half a century before being bottled at…  More info

Glen Grant 50 Year Old
1
$9,845.00

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask
5
$103.62

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.5%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
1
$3,233.39

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%
Glenrothes

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits
$87.04

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