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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.

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1603) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 52.9%
Glenfarclas

A 1981 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a plain butt cask until July 2014. It was then bottled with an outturn of 529 bottles and released as part of the Family Cask 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1603) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$772.64

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.9%
Tomintoul

This 20 year old Tomintoul was placed in a specially coopered 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask for the final few months (at least six of 'em) of its maturation for greater intensity.  More info

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.2%
Glen Keith

23 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were filled in October 1992 and cracked open in March 2016. This was bottled by Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.8%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

Benromach 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 4606)

70cl, 48.9%
Benromach

Very well aged single malt from the benromach distillery, distilled in 1973 and matured in a single refill American hogshead until 2016, when it was bottled at 48.9% ABV. An incredibly small release…  More info

Benromach 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 4606)
1
$1,453.69

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5248) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

Single cask Glenallachie, matured in a hogshead for 19 years, from October 1996 to September 2016. This has been independently bottled by Signatory at 43% ABV.  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5248) (Signatory)
$37.46

The Macallan Select Oak 1l

100cl, 40%
The Macallan

From Macallan's Travel Retail Range - The 1824 Collection - comes this lovely whisky aged in American oak seasoned with either sherry or bourbon, and first fill European oak sherry casks. Delightful.  More info

The Macallan Select Oak 1l
26
$62.43

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An exciting new age statement expression from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
4
$50.46

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
$95.75

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.5%
Mortlach

Mighty Mortlach, and a 24 year old at that! Here we have this Speysider at natural cask strength, filled into a single cask on 14th May 1991 and disgorged on 2nd December 2015, yielding 587 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

The Glenfarclas 105, which is a 10 year old high strength Glenfarclas, is one of the greatest everyday whiskies. If any criticism could be levelled at it, it might be that it doesn't have an enough…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old
3

Benromach Vintage - 1976

70cl, 46%
Benromach

An impressively aged Benromach distilled in 1976 before a maturation period spent in the finest Sherry casks. Fruit-rich with mocha notes this is splendid stuff, bottled in 2012.  More info

Benromach Vintage - 1976
$827.89

Longmorn 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 8620) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.7%
Longmorn

A single cask Longmorn, distilled in June 1990 and bottled in October 2016 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Only 240 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 8620) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$106.91

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7209 & 7210) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

19 year old Dailuaine single malt, drawn from a pair of hogsheads that were filled in May 1997 and cracked open in November 2016. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, so…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7209 & 7210) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$44.51

Macallan 21 Year Old - Savoy Single Malt Collection

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Reviving an old tradition of presenting their own label selected spirits in 2013, this is a special bottling of 21 year old Macallan from The Savoy hotel in London. Each of the 121 numbered bottles…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old - Savoy Single Malt Collection
$1,348.57

Glenfarclas Team - The Legend of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

The Legend of Speyside series is a trilogy of collectible bottlings of Glenfarclas single malt released for the German market. This edition honours the team that makes their wonderful whisky, which…  More info

Glenfarclas Team - The Legend of Speyside
$37.38

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 7881) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.6%
Glen Elgin

25 year old single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery in the Speyside region. This was distilled in November 1990 and matured in a single bourbon barrel until April 2016, when Signatory bottled it…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 7881) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands with Miniature - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A collectable piece from the Glenfiddich Clans of the Highlands series - this is a 70cl bottle of Glenfiddich with the Clan Sutherland presentation tin, alongside a 5cl Glenfiddich miniature with an…  More info

Glenfiddich
$124.96

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88201 & 88202) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

An independent bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were filled in May 1995 and cracked open in September 2016. This was bottled by the fine…  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88201 & 88202) - Signatory
$52.02

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836368) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 55.7%
Miltonduff

Long-aged Miltonduff single malt, drawn from a single Sherry oak cask. This delicious Speysider was distilled in November 1982 and bottled 31 years later in January 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836368) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$301.48

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt for 18 years until the cask was emptied by…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.70

Darkness! Braeval 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This Braevel single malt Scotch whisky was finished in a specially coopered 50 litre Pedro Ximénez cask for a period of at least 6 months.  More info

Darkness! Braeval 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glentauchers

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, matured in a single refill barrel for 18 long years. In February 1996, the whisky was distilled and lovingly placed inside said refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.4%
Strathmill

Though a lot of Strathmill's whisky has made its way into many famous blends over the years, indie bottlings are a good way to sample their single malt. Like this one, for example - 22 year old…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$76.98

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 3414) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Single cask Mortlach - yummers! This was distilled in 1995, matured in a refill Sherry cask and bottled 17 years later in 2013 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers Choice range. 335 bottles…  More info

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 3414) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$59.56

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