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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.

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.71

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 64.10%
Craigellachie

A 9 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2006 and matured for 9 years in a single cask. Following that, it was bottled by Scotland Grindlay at cask strength - a very…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)
$89.20

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Longmorn

A bottle of 2002 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 for La Maison du Whisky as part of their The Ten range, which organises the flavour profiles of whisky from their lightest…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
$46.73

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.10%
The Glenlivet

Well-aged whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature for 34 years, before Signatory cracked the cask open and…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$327.58

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2905) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.60%
Balmenach

A single cask bottling of Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 26 years in a hogshead. This was distilled in October 1988 and allowed to mature for just over a quarter of a century, until…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2905) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$112.24

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Havana Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A very rare bottling of 21 year old Glenfiddich, which was finished in Cuban rum casks! A great piece for collectors. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Havana Reserve
$381.52

BenRiach 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3111) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43.10%
BenRiach

A Tawny Port Cask finished BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1977 and bottled in June 2016 at 38 years old! This has been released as part of their 13th batch of single cask…  More info

BenRiach 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3111) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$601.80

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12594 & 12595) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

13 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a consecutive pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 2002 and cracked open in February 2016. This was bottled by indie…  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12594 & 12595) - Signatory
$43.77

Glentauchers 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 1405) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.90%
Glentauchers

A Signatory bottling of 20 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single bourbon barrel! This was distilled back in 1996 and set aside to mature until June 2016, when Signatory…  More info

Glentauchers 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 1405) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$78.71

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6481 & 6484) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory independent bottling of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a pair of hogshead casks. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in April 2016 at 43% ABV.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6481 & 6484) (Signatory)
$52.50

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1151 & 1153) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

This is an independent bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in October 1995 and cracked open in May…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1151 & 1153) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$50.87

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 188 & 189) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

19 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky drawn from a pair of hogshead casks, bottled as part of the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in July…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 188 & 189) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$57.62

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

70cl, 40%
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
50
$143.62

The Glenlivet Cipher

70cl, 48%
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
$98.07

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition

70cl, 40%
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
$41.18

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95…  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
87
$49.56

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
38
$49.05

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)
15
$50.84

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 (cask 7569) - Peated, Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl, 51%
BenRiach

If you love the combination of Sherry and peat, you'll definitely want to take a look at this - an Oloroso Sherry butt finished peated 29 year old BenRiach! This was distilled in December 1986 and…  More info

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 (cask 7569) - Peated, Oloroso Cask Finish
$259.47

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old

70cl, 42%
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
$232.35

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

The 12 year old expression from The Macallan Fine Oak Range, matured in a selection of American and European oak casks seasoned with Sherry, as well as American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak
7
$65.36

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.10%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$65.36

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated

70cl, 53%
BenRiach

Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outturn of 511 bottles, this is a 40 year old peated BenRiach single malt!  More info

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated
$617.78

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1953 (cask 1682)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

This exceptional 1953 vintage is one of the oldest ever releases of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled on 25th November 1953, it spent 58 years in a single Sherry cask before it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1953 (cask 1682)
$5946.69

BenRiach 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 3183) - Peated, Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

70cl, 55.60%
BenRiach

A peated BenRiach, aged for three decades! This 30 year old single malt was distilled in March 1986 and bottled in June 2016 after a finishing period in a Pedro Ximénez hogshead. 307 bottles were…  More info

BenRiach 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 3183) - Peated, Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
$242.00

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