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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.

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)

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Tamdhu

An indie bottling of Tamdhu - we don't see nearly enough of these! This one was matured in a refill hogshead from August 1998 to 2016, before being bottled at 18 years old by Langside for the…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$82.21

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
$64.20

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)
$85.11

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
3
$85.88

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)
$48.57

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)
$298.55

Oak for All Seasons 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independently bottled Braeval single malt, matured in a single barrel from 1994 to 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Wemyss Malts and given the title 'Oak for All Seasons'. 255 bottles were…  More info

Oak for All Seasons 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)
$88.61

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)
$88.63

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
10
$83.83

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
$1,205.13

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
2
$471.59

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)
$91.02

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)
1
$225.97

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)

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)
$397.71

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)
7

Glenlossie 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

The Glenlossie distillery is situated right next to the Mannochmore Distillery in Speyside and has been open since 1876 with only one major fire in this time, that's pretty good for a whisky…  More info

Glenlossie 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks,…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l
1
$62.88

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.6%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This is the second batch of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - you may otherwise know the distillery up in Speyside as 'Braes-of-Glenlivet'. Once again,…  More info

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Glen Keith

A single cask bottling of 20 year old Glen Keith, distilled in 1996 (a few years before the distillery closed for over a decade) and bottled in 2016 by Langside as part of their Distiller's Art…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$82.21

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
7
$164.53

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

Distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016, this peated Benromach (67ppm) was matured in first fill bourbon barrels and was bottled at 46% abv. Sounds pretty good already, right?  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)
1
$36.63

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)
$601.39

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