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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.

Linkwood 28 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.4%
Linkwood

An independently bottled 28 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in 2 butt casks from 1987 to 2015. This has been presented by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest Scottish independent bottlers. 1062…  More info

Linkwood 28 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$134.47

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)
$307.73

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2

70cl, 50.3%
Balvenie

Ooh, the second batch of Balvenie Tun 1509 is here! The follow-up to the distillery's incredibly popular Tun 1401 series, Tun 1509 is made with a bigger marrying tun and continues to be absolutely…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2
5
$302.40

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release X (cask 8791)

70cl, 52.2%
Glenfarclas

The Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask reaches double digits! The 10th release comes from cask 8791, a plain hogshead, and was bottled in 2012. A limited release of 210 bottles of brilliant single malt…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release X (cask 8791)
$346.46

Mortlach 27 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 57.0%
Mortlach

From the Highland Laird independent bottling range comes a 27 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry hogshead. Exciting stuff!  More info

Mortlach 27 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40.0%
The Macallan

The 12 year old expression from The Macallan Fine Oak Range, matured in a selection of American and European oak casks seasoned with Sherry, as well as American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak
6
$64.76

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

Distilled at Glenrothes in 1990 before a 25 year maturation in a single cask! It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in 2016, and there are just 237 bottles, all at natural cask…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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)

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$64.76

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.4%
Strathmill

It's not just an Old Particular, it's an Xtra Old Particular! This is a 25 year old single malt from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in one refill hogshead from December 1990 to…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$135.63

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Miltonduff

Marvellous Miltonduff single malt right here via Douglas Laing's Old Particular range! This indie single cask bottling features whisky distilled in June 2000, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled…  More info

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$59.02

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
$296.46

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from 1998 to 2016. This comes to us via The First Editions range, which has received a design…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$84.04

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$449.22

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated

70cl, 53.0%
BenRiach

Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outturn of 511 bottles, this is a 40 year old peated BenRiach single malt!  More info

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated
$612.10

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.6%
Glenfarclas

Ah, Glenfarclas Family Casks. Glorious whiskies. Dream whiskies. Here we have one distilled back in 1966 and bottled in December 2015 after almost half a century in a single Sherry butt! Part of the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1152.56

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.1%
Glenfarclas

A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$411.13

BenRiach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5959) - Madeira Cask Finish

70cl, 53.9%
BenRiach

20 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery, released for their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. These excellent distillers are known for using a selection of interesting finishes for…  More info

BenRiach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5959) - Madeira Cask Finish
$136.11

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

70cl, 43.0%
Benrinnes

Aged in two consecutive hogsheads until February 2016, this is an independent bottling of Benrinnes single malt.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)
$43.37

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Longmorn

A 21 year old Longmorn single malt, distilled in September 1992 and bottled in May 2014 by the chaps at Hunter Laing. A release of 285 bottles, presented as part of their excellent Old Malt Cask…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.19

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60.0%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$138.04

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

Super Sherried Macallan 18 year old, now carrying a release year rather than a vintage. This is the 2016 release of this sought-after whisky.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release
3
$164.01

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Keith

This right here is a 20 year old Glen Keith, which was matured in a single hogshead cask. Said hogshead was filled up by Glen Keith in November 1995 and, in June 2016, it was cracked open by Douglas…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.51

BenRiach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 6896) - Burgundy Cask Finish

70cl, 50.6%
BenRiach

This is a single cask bottling of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, finished in a barrel which previous held Burgundy wine. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2016 with an outturn…  More info

BenRiach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 6896) - Burgundy Cask Finish
$178.23

Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang

70cl, 40.0%
Tomintoul

Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang
7
$32.22

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