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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.

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (as described on the bottle - these days it'd be called "Single Malt"), produced in the 1980s. Rare and collectible. This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s
$132.27

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Part of a range of three collectible Glenfiddich ceramic decanters released in the late 1970s, this one features Mary Queen of Scots. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$264.54

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff bottled by The Maltman (The Maltman? The Maltman!). It was distilled in October 2008 and aged in a bourbon cask for 6 years before being bottled at 50% ABV in February 2015.…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman
$53.24

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.30%
Glentauchers

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Gleann Mór for their A Rare Find range. 163 bottles were produced, bottled at…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$95.21

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

The second release of 1973 Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky from Italian indie bottler Samaroli. For fans of well-Sherried Speyside whisky.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$510.06

Glenfiddich "Clan Sinclair" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky featuring a painting of Sir John Sinclair on the tin. It's thought to date from the 1980s (the bottle of whisky, not the painting). This…  More info

Glenfiddich
$132.27

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich decanter, without box, thought to date from the 1970s. Part of a collectible range that also included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots decanters. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$264.54

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.50%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood, matured for 18 years! This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in Madeira oak. 318 bottles were produced for The Coppers Choice…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$94.24

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

This is a Coopers Choice bottling of 19 year old single malt from Longmorn, a very handsome distillery which resides in the Speyside region. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 after…  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$87.09

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independently bottled single malt from the Longmorn distillery, aged in a single cask for 21 years! It was back in 1993 when this whisky was distilled and set aside in cask #0854 to mature. In…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$86.85

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4

50cl, 57.40%
The Macallan

Matured in a single Sherry butt in warehouse no. 16, this Macallan single malt was distilled on 27th December 1990 and disgorged on 21st January 2003. It was filled into bottles at cask strength the…  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4
$876.29

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Aultmore

An independently bottled 2007 vintage Aultmore single malt, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range. This is #02 in The Ten, which goes through intensity of flavour from #00 (the…  More info

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)
$41.49

Ardmore Triple Wood

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ardmore's Triple Wood was originally released for the Travel Retail market, matured in quarter casks, barrels and puncheons. This maturation has imparted plenty of fruity, caramel-y tastiness.  More info

Ardmore Triple Wood
$59.36

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)
$61.55

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

Distilled at Glen Grant in 1995 and matured in a single cask for a couple of decades, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled those lovely people at Wemyss Malts.  More info

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)
$96.62

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, matured in a single butt cask from 1988 to 2015, and was then bottled by Wemyss Malts. They've given it a name based on its flavour profile and inspired…  More info

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$146.44

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)
$6012.28

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

Single malt from the Royal Brackla distillery, independently bottled by the excellent chaps at Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled in 1998 and aged until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV for…  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$54.01

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 980003443) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 54.80%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of Glen Moray from A.D. Rattray. Distilled in 1998, it spent 17 years in a single ex-bourbon hogshead before 282 bottles were filled in 2016.  More info

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 980003443) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$78.70

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve (previously known as the Alba Reserve) is made exclusively with whisky which has matured in ex-bourbon casks. Load of classic vanilla and honey notes all the way…  More info

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve
$47.47

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$51.76

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2014)

70cl, 44.30%
Glenrothes

It's the second edition of Glenrothes 1992 vintage single malt! The first edition (released in 2004) was made with casks selected by previous Malt Master John Ramsey, though he also left some casks…  More info

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2014)
$174.62

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Benrinnes

This is a 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one refill hogshead which housed the whisky from April 1996 to June 2016. This has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range,…  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.23

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11194) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

An independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Macduff distillery, which resides peacefully in the Highland region. This was distilled in July 2008 and bottled in…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11194) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.10

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

A single malt whisky that was distilled in May 2008 at Aberlour distillery, in Aberlour, in Speyside, in Scotland. It spent 8 years maturing in a single refill barrel before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.86

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