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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.

The 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

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)
$4404.54

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)
$80.80

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)
$91.64

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)
$45.62

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
$132.22

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)
$458.39

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Millburn

Closed in 1985, Milburn has become increasingly rare. Fittingly, this bottling comes from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range, an independent bottling of 1974 vintage single malt. Today, the…  More info

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$643.41

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)
$193.93

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)
$138.86

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1964 (bottled 1989)

75cl, 43%
Aberlour

A rare old 75cl bottling of 25 year old Speyside single malt from Aberlour distillery, bottled back in 1989. It comes complete with a wooden presentation box and key. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1964 (bottled 1989)
$1047.14

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 7811) (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 54.50%
Glentauchers

A Glentauchers from Scotland Grindlay "matured in an oak cask for over nineteen years", with an outturn of 210 bottles.  More info

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 7811) (Scotland Grindlay)
$105.76

Macallan 21 Year Old - Savoy Single Malt Collection

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Reviving an old tradition of presenting their own label selected spirits in 2013, this is a special bottling of 21 year old Macallan from The Savoy hotel in London. Each of the 121 numbered bottles…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old - Savoy Single Malt Collection
$1758.09

Spey Royal - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glen Spey

Rescued from the jaws of time, this is a rare 1970s bottling of Spey Royal, a classic blended Scotch whisky produced at the Glen Soey distillery. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Spey Royal - 1970s
$158.72

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill barrel from June 2008 and bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2016.  More info

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$42.54

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in December 1997 and left to age in said Sherry butt until February 2016, when it was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$83.70

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in April 2002, set aside to age in a Sherry butt and bottled in August 2015 at 50% ABV. 120…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$65.26

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled Glenallachie single malt here, matured in a single cask for 24 years! It was distilled in February 1992 and left to age in a refill hogshead until February 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$103.67

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

A 17 year old Glenlossie, drawn from a bourbon cask and bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. as part of their Cooper's Choice range. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, with only 300…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$85.91

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Sherry-cask-finished Macduff single malt, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Cooper's Choice range. It was initially matured in American oak casks before being transferred over to…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$51.53

Aberlour 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15050) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

Aberlour from the year 2000! Bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland, this Aberlour was aged in a single bourbon hogshead from 2000 to 2015, before it was bottled at 46% ABV. 318 bottles…  More info

Aberlour 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15050) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$74.40

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 45.60%
Glen Spey

A single cask Glen Spey single malt, distilled in 1988 and bottled at 26 years old by Bartels Whisky for the Highland Laird range. Yum yum yum...  More info

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$142.19

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 50.80%
Linkwood

A 26 year old single cask Linkwood, bottled by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird range. It was distilled in 1989 and left to age in a bourbon hogshead for 26 years, when it was then bottled at…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$176.36

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! Yes, this Longmorn was distilled in 1990 and left to matured in a bourbon barrel for 25 years before being bottled…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$143.29

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.70%
Strathmill

An independently bottled Strathmill, aged in a bourbon barrel for 24 years. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 190 bottles, presented as part of Càrn Mòr's…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$128.83

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Tormore

Ooh, a rare antique bottle of Tormore 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, produced back in the 1970s when Long John Distilleries own Tormore. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s
$264.54

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