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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 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 186) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Single cask 20 year old Mortlach, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled back in July 1996 and set aside to mature in a hogshead cask until March…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 186) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$56.51

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)
16

Macallan 1950 (bottled early 1980s)

75cl, 43%
The Macallan

This is a rare bottling of Macallan single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1950 and bottled during the early 1980s. From the handwritten label, we can see that it was bottled for Atkinson…  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled early 1980s)

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 9251) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Well-Sherried Glenrothes single malt here, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled in June 1997 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 9251) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$53.09

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6499 & 6500) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An indie Glenburgie (Glenburgindie?) here from the chaps at Signatory! This tasty single malt was distilled in June 1995 and aged in a pair of hogshead casks for 21 years before being bottled in…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6499 & 6500) - Signatory
$51.49

The Macallan 40 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 45%
The Macallan

Back in 2006, whilst creating that year's 30 year old, Bob Delgarno set aside an additional parcel of Sherry casks that would be allowed to continue to age. A decade later, this non-vintage 40 year…  More info

The Macallan 40 Year Old 2016 Release
$9,404.79

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Grant

25 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for some very special whiskies indeed. This one was distilled all the way…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$198.49

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.9%
Glenfarclas

From the Spring 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range comes a 1992 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in a single butt cask until December 2014. It's presented at…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$259.23

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old (46%)

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas’ stunning 40 year old whisky launched during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2010, and not only is it absolutely astonishing, it is also amazing value for money! It offers all of…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old (46%)
18
$721.80

Cragganmore 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Cragganmore

A 26 year old Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! It's their first batch of Cragganmore, and the label shows a blueprint of one of their…  More info

Cragganmore 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$167.83

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 8) Ridge Vineyards Wine Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 55.1%
Glenrothes

1992 vintage Glenrothes single malt, finished in a cask that previously held Zinfandel wine from California's Ridge Vineyards. This was bottled in 2016 and released as part of The Wine Merchant's…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 8) Ridge Vineyards Wine Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$203.58

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 6498) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.1%
Glenburgie

Gaze upon some glorious Glenburgie! This right here in a indie bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky aged in a single hogshead cask from June 1995 to January 2017. 271 bottles…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 6498) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$96.11

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
64
$62.02

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

This is an independently bottled Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 casks and bottled at 14 years old by Càrn Mòr. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016. 768 bottles were…  More info

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$64.81

Blended Malt #1 - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54%
Balvenie

This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the…  More info

Blended Malt #1 -  Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 11170) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenrothes

A single cask bottling of 12 year old Glenrothes, aged in a Sherry butt from May 2004 to June 2016 before being bottled by Douglas Laing. We do love a well-Sherried Glenrothes here at MoM Towers... A…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 11170) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$65.69

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

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816

70cl, 61.3%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet's popular Nàdurra range features whisky produced in small batches, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours - consequently, it should be no surprise that…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816
$45.93

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Aultmore

Sharks and Velociraptors. An eternal rivalry which goes back to the dawn of the time. Though many have since forgotten this endless conflict, That Boutique-y Whisky Company document it in wonderful…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5687 & 5696) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45.2%
Tormore

A Signatory Cask Strength Collection bottling of Tormore single malt, aged in a pair of hogshead casks for 24 years. The aforementioned hogshead were laid down in April 1992 and cracked open in…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5687 & 5696) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$84.86

Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva (70cl)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A special release of 18 year old single malt from The Macallan, distilled in 1979 and bottled in 1997. While Macallan is well known for their Sherry cask-matured whiskies, "Sherried" does not even do…  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva (70cl)
1

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 1130 & 1131) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

19 year old single malt from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in February 1997 and cracked open in December 2016. Following that, this…  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 1130 & 1131) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$45.78

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 46.8%
The Glenlivet

41 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, which was initially aged in a hogshead cask and finished (for 48 months) in Oloroso Sherry oak! This was distilled in March 1974…  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$601.60

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45%
Miltonduff

A rare bottling of Mosstowie - which whisky boffins will know is single malt distilled in the short-lived Miltonduff Lomond stills. This one was aged in a single cask, laid down in November 1979 and…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$298.45

Glenisla 37 Year Old 1977 (cask 19602) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.1%
Glen Keith

This is a rare independent bottling of Glenisla single malt Scotch whisky (which is experimental peated whisky from the Glen Keith distillery - they no longer produce it), presented by Signatory. It…  More info

Glenisla 37 Year Old 1977 (cask 19602) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$374.21

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