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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 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%
Tormore

Tormore aged for 24 years! This tasty Speysider was distilled in April 1992, left to mature in a bourbon barrel and bottled in April 2016 by the folks at Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection.…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$84.18

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8643) (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.2%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Longmorn distillery, which resides in the village of Longmorn in the Speyside region. It was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2015 with…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8643) (Adelphi)
$159.02

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 46.1%
Dailuaine

A 32 year old Daliuaine single malt Scotch whisky, initially matured in a refill hogshead and finished in an Oloroso Sherry hogshead before being bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. Just 230 bottles…  More info

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$203.34

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

This is an antique bottling of Glenfiddich "Pure Malt", which would be listed as single malt in this day of age. We think that this one was produced in the 1970s.  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s
$190.94

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016

70cl, 48.7%
Speyside

A special bottling for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2016, this is a single cask of Spey single malt from Speyside distillery in the Speyside region (got it?) distilled in May 2007. It spent 8…  More info

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016
$96.44

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in December 1996 and bottled in September 2015 with an outturn of…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.50

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 22) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 61.3%
Speyside

Single cask Speyside single malt here, aged in a Sherry butt. In fact, it was aged in Sherry butt #22 for 22 years! Coincidence? Conspiracy?! Who knows. What we do know is that said Sherry cask was…  More info

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 22) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$102.50

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Fancy some Sherry-butt matured single malt from the Inchgower distillery in Speyside? Well Hunter Laing can make that a reality with this Old Malt Cask bottling of 19 Year Old Inchgower, matured in a…  More info

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43%
Knockando

An age statement single malt from Knockando that also carries a vintage, as they like to do. This is the 1995 vintage of their 'Slow Matured' 18 year old, matured in Sherry casks.  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured
$64.98

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 47.5%
The Glenlivet

Over 50 years in the making, older vintages of Glenlivet are becoming increasingly rare - invest while you can!  More info

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.6%
Imperial

21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked open in October 2016. It was…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$86.15

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6184 & 6185) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were home to said whisky for 17 years. These casks were laid down by the distillery in Speyside…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6184 & 6185) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.16

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.2%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of single malt from the Longmorn distillery, matured in a refill hogshead for three decades! Yes, this is a 30 year old Longmorn, distilled back in October 1985 (long before…  More info

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$302.20

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Speyside

21 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery in the eponymous Scottish whisky region, aged in a single Sherry butt from December 1993 to November 2015. Released as part of the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.72

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 1 litre bottling of 20 year old Glen Deveron single malt Scotch whisky, originally released for the Travel Retail market. 'Glen Deveron' is the name used by the Macduff distillery for their…  More info

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection
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$84.85

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve

75cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A very rare bottle of 25 year old Glenlivet, bottled in commemoration of Charles and Diana's Royal Wedding in 1981. Incredible handsome and highly collectable. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve
$1219.85

Balvenie 25 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

At the top of the Balvenie Triple Cask range sits the 25 Year Old. This incredible expression contains whiskies aged in traditional refill casks, first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and first-fill Oloroso…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Triple Cask
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$477.35

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenallachie

22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1992 and aged in a refill barrel. In August 2014, the good peoples at Douglas Laing decided it was ready to join the gorgeous…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$92.14

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 4243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.3%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by Signatory as part of their…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 4243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$228.73

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Aberlour

An indie Aberlour here, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. This is a 26 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, matured in a…  More info

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$190.11

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Benrinnes

A 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one hogshead cask. Said cask was filled in June 1995 and eventually bottled in January 2016 by the chaps from Signatory - a release of 293 bottles.  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenfiddich 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 8387) - Rare Collection

70cl, 56.3%
Glenfiddich

22 year old single cask Glenfiddich single malt? Music to our ears, those words. This one was distilled back in 1992, back when their stills were lit by coal fires rather than gas (as they are now).…  More info

Glenfiddich 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 8387) - Rare Collection
$1219.85

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 148490) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 50.1%
Glen Grant

An 18 year old single cask Glen Grant, bottled by A. D. Rattray. This was distilled back in October 1997 and allowed to mature in a bourbon cask until September 2016, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 148490) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$72.40

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.6%
Glenrothes

An independent bottling of 27 year old Glenrothes malt whisky matured in a single cask from June 1988 to September 2015. Part of Gordon & Company's Golden Pearl range of well-aged malt whiskies, it…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)
$402.57

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Dark spice and strawberries abound this 15 year old from the Linkwood distillery.  More info

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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