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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.

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46.0%
Inchgower

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery, aged for 7 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2016 by Langside for the Hepburn's…  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.76

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12124) -The First Edition (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Benrinnes

Benrinnes single malt aged in a single refill hogshead for 18 years! It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 by the chaps from Hunter Laing for The First Editions range, which was recently given…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12124) -The First Edition (Hunter Laing)
$91.81

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Glen Moray

This is a 21 year old Glen moray, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by Hunter laing for their First Editions range, presented in bottles designed to evoke classic literature. 245 bottles were…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$89.83

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from 1998 to 2016. This comes to us via The First Editions range, which has received a design…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$84.37

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1992 - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.4%
Strathmill

This is an independent bottling of 21 year old Strathmill single malt, aged in a refill hogshead from 1992 to 2014. It was bottled by Hunter Laing for their First Editions range, which has had a…  More info

Strathmill  21 Year Old 1992 - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$99.07

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Glen Spey

An indie bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. It was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in November 2015 with an…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$123.54

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 145) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.0%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1971 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This whisky stayed in the Sherry butt until August 2015, when the cask was cracked open…  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 145) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$811.26

Persian Anise 1992 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)

70cl, 46.0%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a hogshead from 1992 to 2016. Following that maturation, Wemyss Malts bottled it all up and sent it out into the world for us…  More info

Persian Anise 1992 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)
$120.41

Oak for All Seasons 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)

70cl, 46.0%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independently bottled Braeval single malt, matured in a single barrel from 1994 to 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Wemyss Malts and given the title 'Oak for All Seasons'. 255 bottles were…  More info

Oak for All Seasons 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)
$91.69

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

70cl, 40.0%
Balvenie

The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.  More info

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish
43
$140.31

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX

70cl, 47.0%
Glenfiddich

The second release in Glenfiddich's Experimental Series is their Project XX expression, which was made not simply by one Malt Master, but 20! 20 Malt Masters were invited to the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX
$53.08

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.1%
Speyside

An 18 year old single cask single malt from the Speyside distillery, drawn from a Sherry butt and bottled by us! This was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in March 2016, with no chill-filtration or…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$68.27

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish

70cl, 43.0%
Glenfiddich

Part of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series comes a single malt which was finished for three months in casks which previously held IPA! Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
$48.75

The Macallan Oscuro

70cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

A beautiful, extremely limited edition Macallan released for travel retail, Oscuro is made with whisky from 1987 and 1997 and it's sherried and incredibly rich. Please note: We've found that the…  More info

The Macallan Oscuro
6
$813.34

Benriach 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 5462) - Peated, Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 53.8%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky distilled in November 1976 and matured for over 39 years! Finished in a single Tawny Port hogshead the outturn was 291 extraordinary bottles in June 2016.  More info

Benriach 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 5462) - Peated, Tawny Port Cask Finish
$650.67

Macallan Reflexion

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

The Macallan Reflexion is a superb expression from the legendary distillery in Speyside, created by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno using whiskies matured exclusively in first-fill Sherry seasoned…  More info

Macallan Reflexion
1
$970.58

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old

70cl, 42.0%
Glenglassaugh

A 42% bottling of 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenglassaugh, a Highland distillery on the coast. As with the previous release it's presented in a beautiful teardrop decanter.  More info

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old
1
$231.12

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40.0%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
6
$75.86

Macallan Rare Cask Black

70cl, 48.0%
The Macallan

Smoky Macallan?! Yes indeed friends, such a thing exists! Macallan Rare Cask Black was made from a marriage of less than 100 casks, resulting in an expression that shows off a fascinating combination…  More info

Macallan Rare Cask Black
$487.95

The Glenlivet Cipher

70cl, 48.0%
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
2
$97.55

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition

70cl, 40.0%
The Macallan

A limited edition Macallan Gold with a special Masters of Photography box featuring work by Ernie Button, who has taken various extraordinary pictures of the dried remains of single malts. Also…  More info

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition
$40.97

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

An old, rare bottling of 18 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1976 and bottled in the 1990s. A handsome collectible for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976
$1621.25

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

70cl, 40.0%
Macduff

This is a 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, who release their expressions under than name Glen Deveron. It was originally released for the Travel Retail market as…  More info

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
1
$271.06

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.8%
Glenburgie

We love Glenburgie. It tastes like strawberry jam. There's plenty more going on in this tremendous 19 year old single cask bottling of ours though, distilled on 7th June 1995 and bottled 7th April…  More info

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1976 (bottled 2013)

70cl, 40.0%
Tomintoul

The 2013 bottling of Tomintoul's stupendous 1976 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, distilled two years after the number of still at Tomintoul doubled, from two to four. The 2007 bottling of the 1976…  More info

Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1976 (bottled 2013)
1
$303.59

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