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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.

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glen Moray

A 1988 vintage, 25 year old Glen Moray single malt, which has been treated to a Port cask finish before bottling. Comes with a handsome presentation box and a scroll, which is lovely, because we…  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish
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$129.50

Glen Grant 50 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Incredibly old single malt from the long-running Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. For 50 years, this whisky patiently aged, biding its time until half of a century had passed. Following that…  More info

Glen Grant 50 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$704.83

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, released as part of their Spring 2015 Family Cask release. It was left to age in a single Sherry hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$248.10

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

1967 vintage Macallan, anyone? Now that we have your attention, here is a 1967 vintage Macallan! Bottled under Gordon & Macphail's Speymalt label in 2016, this is an extraordinarily aged single malt…  More info

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

Mortlach 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 13298) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown has escaped from cask #13298 and been bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range! Yes, this is another yummy indie bottling of single malt from the Mortlach distillery,…  More info

Mortlach 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 13298) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$64.18

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in December 1996 and bottled in September 2015 with an outturn of…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.84

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.2%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$933.67

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

70cl, 51.9%
Dailuaine

A Gleann Mór bottling of Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 21 years in a single cask. This was distilled in February 1994, and bottled in August 2015 for the A Rare Find range. 179…  More info

Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$93.22

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.7%
Strathmill

A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2600) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 44.2%
Glenfarclas

Yummy Sherried Glenfarclas, anyone? Yes please indeed! This is a Family Cask Summer 2016 Release of 1985 vintage Glenfarclas, allowed to mature in a refill Sherry hogshead until July 2016, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2600) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$550.41

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.9%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Balmenach 28 Year Old 1988 (cask 3243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.1%
Balmenach

28 year old single malt from the Balmenach distillery, drawn from a single hogshead which was filled in November 1988 and cracked open in January 2017. 155 bottles were released as part of…  More info

Balmenach 28 Year Old 1988 (cask 3243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$108.08

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 7300) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 56.5%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1989 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary family-owned, Speyside-based distillery. This was aged in a refill Sherry hogshead and bottled in July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 7300) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$305.11

Glen Keith 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 73642 & 73643) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Keith

A 25 year old Glen Keith single malt, aged for quarter of a century in a pair of bourbon barrels from June 1991 to March 2017. This is a Signatory bottling from their Cask Strength Collection, with…  More info

Glen Keith 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 73642 & 73643) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$90.08

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 54.2%
Craigellachie

An incredibly well-aged single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, drawn from a single cask. This was distilled in 1970, a few years after Craigellachie doubled the number of stills in their…  More info

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,105.34

Linkwood 8 Year Old 2008 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 62.1%
Linkwood

8 year old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in May 2008 in a bourbon barrel until August 2016, when it…  More info

Linkwood 8 Year Old 2008 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$87.75

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Distilled in 2004, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky has enjoyed a finishing period in Port pipes to impart sweet, fruity notes to the Speyside whisky. It was bottled in 2016 as part of the…  More info

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$62.41

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 1067) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 57.6%
Glenfarclas

Another entry in the Glenfarclas Family Cask series. This time, they've added a well-Sherried single malt distilled in 1996 to the lineage - it was matured in a Sherry butt until July 2016, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 1067) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$297.57

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

An indie bottling from the brilliant Glenrothes distillery, aged for 27 years - from 1989 to 2016. Following that rather lengthy maturation, it was bottled by WM Cadenhead for the Small Batch range,…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Braeval 10 Year Old - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

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

10 year old single malt from the Braeval distillery (previously known as Braes of Glenlivet), independently bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range. The label refers to this bottling as…  More info

Braeval 10 Year Old - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$37.83

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 53.4%
Glenfarclas

The hits keep on coming from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. Part of their Summer 2014 release, this is a 1988 vintage single malt, matured in a refill Sherry butt (#434) until March 2014. 603 of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$287.38

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.4%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1988, matured in a single refill Sherry hogsheads and bottled on 2nd December 2014, this Glenfarclas is part of the distillery's Spring 2015 Family Cask Releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$306.62

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 18092) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

22 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2015 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was drawn from a single cask (#18092, in case you were wondering),…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 18092)  - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$85.26

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015

70cl, 60.3%
The Glenlivet

Another Nàdurra! These releases from the Glenlivet distillery, bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, are rather excellent indeed. This particularly batch was drawn from first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015
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$43.66

Glen Grant 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 70301 & 70302) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

An indie bottling of 19 year old Glen Grant single malt, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in May 1997 and cracked open in January 2017. You have the folks at Signatory to…  More info

Glen Grant 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 70301 & 70302) - Signatory
$46.18

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