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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.

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.8%
Tormore

A 1999 vintage Tormore single malt matured in three first fill bourbon barrels (4737, 4739 and 4740) and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Cask Strength range.  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Initially matured in refill American oak barrels, this 17 year old from BenRiach spent a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
$69.83

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The jewel in the crown of The Macallan's 1824 Series is erm, a Ruby! With the darkest hue in a no age statement range where colour is king, Ruby has spent the longest time in only the very finest…  More info

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series
17

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
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$106.91

Tamdhu 27 Year 1988 (cask 12004) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 45.9%
Tamdhu

27 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of Hunter Laing's much loved Old Malt Cask range. This has been presented at 45.9% ABV after spending nearly three decades in a single…  More info

Tamdhu 27 Year 1988 (cask 12004) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7209 & 7210) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

19 year old Dailuaine single malt, drawn from a pair of hogsheads that were filled in May 1997 and cracked open in November 2016. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, so…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7209 & 7210) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$45.34

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The recipe for a great evening calls for good whisky, good food and good friends. With this charming gift set from the Dufftown Distillery, you're on your way there. The gift set includes a 15 year…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$48.09

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

25 year old Mortlach aged in a Sherry butt here - sounds mighty delicious, doesn't it? This was distilled in August 1990 and bottled in August 2016 after a quarter of a century in the aforementioned…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$201.15

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$80.37

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$70.19

Speyside 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 44) - 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 44) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
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$92.25

Balvenie 1989 PortWood

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 1989 vintage single malt from Balvenie, initially aged in American casks before being allowed a finishing period in Port casks. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Balvenie 1989 PortWood
$371.21

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)
$78.90

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The Knockando distillery started producing whisky in the Speyside region and has continued to do so ever since, becoming incredibly popular on mainland Europe and being used in some top blends. This…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve
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$79.86

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46.8%
The Glenlivet

A 40 year old Glenlivet that spent its final 48 months in a Sherry cask before being bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2015.  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$592.25

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Aberlour

A single cask bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled back in October 1990 and left to mature for a quarter of a century until March…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$199.04

Tormore 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Tormore

In 2014, the Tormore distillery in Speyside released this 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky (as well as a 14 year old expression). It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old
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$67.68

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch from Glenlivet is made with specially selected casks, including first-fill ex-Sherry casks, first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
2
$105.92

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection

70cl, 51.8%
Glenfiddich

An official single cask bottling from Glenfiddich, hand selected by Brian Kinsman for the Rare Collection. The single American oak hogshead was filled on 13th April 1979 and bottled on 18th August…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection
$1962.45

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the spectacular Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of casks. It was distilled in September 2002 and bottled on the 1st of April 2016.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

Longmorn 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 8620) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.7%
Longmorn

A single cask Longmorn, distilled in June 1990 and bottled in October 2016 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Only 240 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 8620) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$108.90

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 53.4%
Mannochmore

A rare official bottling of Mannochmore here, bottled at natural cask strength as part of the 2016 Diageo Special Releases. Interestingly, it's matured in fresh American oak and European oak casks as…  More info

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)
$265.19

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
$440.97

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old
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$45.86

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