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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.

Macduff 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 16041) - Malts Of Scotland

70cl, 54.2%
Macduff

This Malts of Scotland bottling of Macduff single single malt was distilled all the way back in 1973 and allowed to mature in a single Sherry hogshead until 2016! Only 148 bottles were produced.  More info

Macduff 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 16041) - Malts Of Scotland
$474.46

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
7
$784.66

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition

70cl, 51%
Glenfiddich

A special edition Glenfiddich. This 15 year old is non chill filtered and has been bottled at higher strength. This is classic Glenfiddich, but with added complexity and character.  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition
19
$49.28

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Legend of Speyside range for the German market, this bottling of Sherry-cask-matured Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky honours the spring water at the core of spirit.…  More info

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside
$46.01

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 1129) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This right here is a single cask bottling of 19 year old Glenlossie single malt, distilled in February 1997 and bottled in November 2016 by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection.  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 1129) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$44.79

Royal Brackla 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 13429) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Brackla

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old Royal Brackla single malt, aged in a refill barrel from may 1998 to February 2017. A release of 244 bottles, released as part of the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Royal Brackla 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 13429) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$76.42

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Claxton's

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Elgin

An independently bottled 20 year old Glen Elgin single malt, aged in a refill hogshead which was filled in November 1995. After the 2 decade maturation, this was bottled by the Yorkshire-based…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Claxton's
$95.64

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 9404 & 9405) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

A Signatory bottling of 18 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in October 1997 and emptied in May 2016.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 9404 & 9405) - Signatory
$42.01

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
$164.20

Strathmill 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.3%
Strathmill

It's the third batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's bottling of Strathmill single malt - this time, they've bottled at 25 year old whisky from the Speyside-based distillery. Strathmill used to…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$96.19

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A 1967 Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled in 2015, presented with a delightfully retro label, which is rather apt considering the…  More info

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$597.32

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 13358) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Glen Grant

You've stumbled upon a rather dashing 25 year old Glen Grant, independently bottled by Hunter Laing! This was distilled in 1992 and matured in a refill hogshead until 2017, when it was bottled as…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 13358) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$104.18

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.9%
Dailuaine

A 34 year old Dailuaine!!! Distilled in 1980 and matured in refill American oak casks, this is a release of 2,952 individually numbered bottles. The first official bottling in six years from a…  More info

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)
$397.57

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 57.1%
Ardmore

A North Star Spirits independent bottling of 8 year old Ardmore single malt, distilled in June 2008 and bottled in October 2016. 198 bottles were produced - and they're rather handsome indeed! Top…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - North Star Spirits
$66.90

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of 13 year old single malt from the Mortlach distillery, distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2016 by WM Cadenhead. A release of 666 bottles. "6. 6. 6. The number of the Beast (of…  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$48.55

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11504) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Independently bottled Dailuaine, aged in a refill hogshead for 9 years. This fruit-rich single malt was distilled back in January 2007 and bottled in November 2016 by the folks from Douglas Laing. A…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11504) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.56

Glen Grant 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 97266) - The Maltman

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

A fabulous 17 year old Glen Grant from the lovely Maltman. 276 boottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info

Glen Grant 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 97266) - The Maltman
$60.99

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection

70cl, 51.8%
Glenfiddich

An official single cask bottling from Glenfiddich, hand selected by Brian Kinsman for the Rare Collection. The single American oak hogshead was filled on 13th April 1979 and bottled on 18th August…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection
$1,935.51

Mortlach 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 12598 & 12599) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

Independently bottled 14 year old single malt from the much loved Mortlach distillery in Speyside. This Signatory bottling was drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 2002…  More info

Mortlach 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 12598 & 12599) (Signatory)
$42.01

Glenburgie 1966 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

Glenburgie is an important component in the Ballantine's blend but makes for a fine single malt in its own right. In 2003 the original distillery was knocked down to make way for a modern purpose…  More info

Glenburgie 1966 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$731.31

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)
$156.83

Glentauchers 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 1402 & 1406) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%
Glentauchers

20 year old Glentauchers, inependently bottled by the chaps from Signatory as part of their constantly impressive Cask Strength Collection. This was distilled in February 1996 and matured in a pair…  More info

Glentauchers 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 1402 & 1406) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$75.53

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$600.37

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenfarclas

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
13
$14,641.80

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

70cl, 43.1%
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
$577.51

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