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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 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 3414) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Single cask Mortlach - yummers! This was distilled in 1995, matured in a refill Sherry cask and bottled 17 years later in 2013 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers Choice range. 335 bottles…  More info

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 3414) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$59.67

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

Originally released for Travel Retail, Singleton of Dufftown Unité is a relaxed, straightforward Speyside dram, packed with juicy fruit, sweet vanilla and toffee. This is the entry level bottling…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l
$50.69

Macallan 31 Year Old 1985 (cask 1388) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.8%
The Macallan

Single cask Macallan single malt, bottled as part of the Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. This was matured in a single Sherry butt for 31 years, from March 1985 to September 2016,…  More info

Macallan 31 Year Old 1985 (cask 1388) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$684.94

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in the Speyside region, matured for 18 years in a single refill butt. Back in June 1997, the cask was filled and set…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$71.80

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939429) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.5%
Brackla

An independent bottling of 4 year old single malt from the Royal Brackla distillery, released as part of the Octave range by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2015 after…  More info

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939429) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$44.71

The Glenlivet Cipher

70cl, 48%
The Glenlivet

Back in 2013 The Glenlivet released a whisky called Alpha with no tasting notes, no cask details and an opaque black bottle. 'Twas quite good fun as everybody tried to guess the production technique…  More info

The Glenlivet Cipher
5
$93.84

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.1%
Miltonduff

Casks! Love a good cask, we do. In fact, you could say we celebrate them, just like Càrn Mòr do with the Celebration of the Cask indie bottling range. This particular bottling from that range is a 25…  More info

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$147.11

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836853) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 51.5%
Miltonduff

Indie Miltonduff single malt, aged in a single Sherry cask for 31 years. It was distilled back in November 1982 and bottled in March 2014 by Duncan Taylor for their Duncan Taylor Single range. 87…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836853) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$312.93

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenrothes

Distilled at Glenrothes on 24th September 2007 and bottled by A.D. Rattray 7th September 2016, this Speyside single malt spent well over 8 years in a single Sherry butt, finally yielding 607 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$55.11

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

Very well Sherried single malt from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery, aged for 19 years in a single Sherry butt. It was independently bottled by Yorkshire-based bottler Claxton's, with an outturn of…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's
$96.92

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.7%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$520.58

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)

70cl, 46%
Strathisla

A cheeky little single cask Strathisla from Malt of The Earth - one of their first bottlings. Distilled in 2005, 418 bottles were produced at 46% in 2014 after 9 years in a refill hogshead. It will…  More info

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)
1
$57.32

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.7%
Glenfarclas

A 1961 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry hogshead until November 2014. This has been presented as part of their Family Cask Spring 2015 Release, with only 166…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1,856.80

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Amazingly, this 10 year old Glen Moray was matured for its entire ageing period in chardonnay casks! Rich and surprisingly sweet and buttery, a fabulous little whisky…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay
15
$26.95

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.6%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1996 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was released as part of the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. 588…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$287.66

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015

70cl, 60.3%
The Glenlivet

Another Nàdurra! These releases from the Glenlivet distillery, bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, are rather excellent indeed. This particularly batch was drawn from first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015
2
$42.20

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)
$48.41

Royal Brackla 21 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

The oldest of three new Royal Brackla single malts launched in 2015 as part of the Last Great Malts from John Dewar & Sons. Distilled slowly, with plenty of reflux and matured in Oloroso Sherry…  More info

Royal Brackla 21 Year Old
1
$156.49

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.8%
Glenrothes

A Signatory bottling of 25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 1990 and cracked open in August 2016. It was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$93.19

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (as described on the bottle - these days it'd be called "Single Malt"), produced in the 1980s. Rare and collectible. This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s
$150.23

Inchgower 2005 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

Independently bottled Inchgower single malt, which was distilled by the Speyside-based distillery in 2005 and bottled by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of the long-running…  More info

Inchgower 2005 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.39

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%
Glenrothes

A single cask bottling of Glenrothes single malt, which was aged for a quarter of a century! This was distilled in March 1991 and set aside to mature for 25 years until August 2016, when Gleann Mór…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$129.94

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Miltonduff

A Langside Distiller's Art series bottling of 22 year old Miltonduff single malt, drawn from a single refill hogshead which was filled in August 1994 and emptied in 2016. 287 bottles were produced.  More info

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$77.59

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Craigellachie

A single cask Craigellachie single malt packed with rich spice notes, presented by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This 15 year old Craigellachie was distilled in April 1999, left to…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$59.09

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2014 at 43% ABV. It comes presented in a bottle with a delightfully retro label - very neat!  More info

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$63.96

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