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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 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

Very, very well aged Glenfarclas single malt right here, from their brilliant Family Cask selection. This one was distilled all the way back in 1974 and left to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$840.72

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 59.10%
Glen Keith

An independently bottled 21 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range. it was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2013 - the same…  More info

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$136.39

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 15 year old from BenRiach that was first aged in bourbon casks before being finished in casks from the Douro region of Portugal, previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)
2
$62.73

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

How often do you see Dallas Dhu single malt, eh? "Not often" is likely your answer, as the distillery in the Speyside region has been closed since 1983 (though all of the distillation equipment is…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail
$303.02

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask
4
$121.15

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible decanter of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky from the late 1970s, featuring Charles Edward Stuart (who you might know as Bonnie Prince Charlie) on the label and presentation box.…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$290.90

Tamdhu 43 Year Old 1969 (cask 159) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%
Tamdhu

Tamdhu in a Tantalus! This Duncan Taylor bottling of 43 year old (!) Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled back in 1969, back when they only had two stills, comes presented in a…  More info

Tamdhu 43 Year Old 1969 (cask 159) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1110.10

Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old
56
$41.31

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1974 Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin as part of their Distillery Label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$509.89

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 54.30%
Glenfarclas

A single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Winter 2015 Release of their Family Cask series. It was distilled in 1967 and left to age in a Sherry butt until August…  More info

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$1095.06

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.90%
Brackla

A Duncan Taylor The Octave bottling of 4 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Royal Brackla distillery. This was distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2015 following a 9 month finishing period in a…  More info

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$52.10

Cragganmore 16 Year Old 1999 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Cragganmore

An independently bottled single malt from the well-loved Cragganmore distillery in the Speyside region. This is a 16 year old expression, distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2015 by the folks at WM…  More info

Cragganmore 16 Year Old 1999 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$56.68

Glen Grant 40 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (43%)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 40 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! This one has been bottled at 43% ABV - a fantastic Speysider.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (43%)
$387.87

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
8
$96.96

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A single cask Glenburgie here, bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in June 1995, aged in hogshead #6488 and bottled at 20 years old in January 2016. 336…  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$48.43

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Flagon - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This is a collectible ceramic flagon from Glenfiddich, celebrating Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scotland in the 1300s. Well know as a great warrior, Robert the Bruce was often depicted holding a…  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Flagon - 1980s
$218.18

Glencraig 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 4254) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.30%
Glenburgie

An independently bottled Glencraig single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in Glenburgie's Lomond stills in June 1976. It was left to mature in a single bourbon barrel for 38 years until July 2014, when…  More info

Glencraig 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 4254) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$387.52

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.80%
Tormore

A 1999 vintage Tormore single malt matured in three first fill bourbon barrels (4737, 4739 and 4740) and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Cask Strength range.  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$75.95

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 3829) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 48%
Glenfarclas

A 1987 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, part of the Family Cask range. This Summer 2014 release was matured in a refill Sherry butt from 1987 to March 2014. Following this maturation,…  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 3829) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$497.16

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$509.02

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Glenrothes

A Small Batch bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, aged for 26 years (from 1989 to 2015). We have WM Cadnehead to thank for bottling this tasty Speyside expression -…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$129.39

Glenfarclas 47 Year Old 1966 Fino Casks - Family Collector Series I

70cl, 50.50%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas are well known for their well-Sherried whiskies, as they often use casks which have previously held Oloroso Sherry. However, this 1966 vintage is a bit special, as the three casks used…  More info

Glenfarclas 47 Year Old 1966 Fino Casks - Family Collector Series I
$981.79

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53.70%
The Macallan

A fantastic single cask Macallan whisky, which spent a 15 year maturation period in a refill sherry hogshead. Distilled in October 1997, it was bottled on 14th March 2013 with just 227 bottles…  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

William Grant and Sons Distillers The Values Edition

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This is a rare bottling of Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky presented by William grant & Sons to their staff, with a label that lists the value which they believe contributed to the company's…  More info

William Grant and Sons Distillers The Values Edition
$666.58

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1999 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt distilled in 1999 and matured in two bourbon barrels before being bottled for the Càrn Mòr range. The outturn was 520 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1999 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$81.86

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