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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.

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.30%
Tormore

Tormore aged for 24 years! This tasty Speysider was distilled in April 1992, left to mature in a bourbon barrel and bottled in April 2016 by the folks at Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection.…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$96.80

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 47.40%
The Macallan

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Macallan distillery, aged in a single bourbon hogshead for 19 years. This comes to us via the Highland Laird range, bottled by…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$231.76

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9454) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.10%
The Glenlivet

This was distilled at Glenlivet in 1981 before a 34 year maturation in a single cask (number 9458). It was bottled in February 2016 for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9454) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$261.51

Smith's Glenlivet 1977

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1977 vintage Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their distillery label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1977
$405.90

Macduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 7869 & 7872) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%
Macduff

This here in a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Macduff single malt, drawn from 2 hogshead casks which were filled in March 1995 and bottled in June 2015. 479 bottles were produced.  More info

Macduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 7869 & 7872) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$91.85

The Macallan 1997 18 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Here it is, Macallan fans - the 1997 vintage Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak single malt Scotch whisky. Matured in Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain.  More info

The Macallan 1997 18 Year Old Sherry Oak
$182.98

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$641.57

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 46.80%
The Glenlivet

41 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, which was initially aged in a hogshead cask and finished (for 48 months) in Oloroso Sherry oak! This was distilled in March 1974…  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$686.27

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$248.47

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

70cl, 58.40%
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)
$151.85

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 15 year old from BenRiach. This Speysider was initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in casks from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain,…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish)
6
$54.07

Smith's Glenlivet 1967 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This Glenlivet was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail’s Distillery Range and is an impressively aged whisky from the famous distillery of Glenlivet.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1967 (Gordon & Macphail)
$696.45

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A hard to find stoneware decanter jug from Glenfiddich. This features an image of Robert the Bruce, a man from a time when "the" was an acceptable middle name.  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s
1

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Dufftown

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June…  More info

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$92.82

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53

70cl, 59.70%
Aberlour

Another fantastic batch of Aberlour's A'Bunadh, which means 'the original’ in Gaelic, matured exclusively in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts. Batch 53 has an abv of 59.7%.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53
15
$49.20

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 5042) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.40%
Miltonduff

Mosstowie is a style of single malt distilled in the Lomond stills at Miltonduff for a period of just 17 years. This independent bottling was matured in a single bourbon barrel for over three and a…  More info

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 5042) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$292.64

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$712.42

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.50%
Glenrothes

Hunter Laing, Stewart Laing's new company after he and his brother split Douglas Laing's assets between them, have released their first Old & Rare bottlings. It as label that has always been reserved…  More info

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$253.21

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.20%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1670.50

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 - The Massandra Connection - Madeira Wood Finish

70cl, 41.70%
Glenglassaugh

A 2014 addition to Glenglassaugh's Massandra Connection series. This 35 year old single malt, was distilled in 1978 and finished in a Madeira puncheon from the Massandra winery, the oldest winery in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 - The Massandra Connection - Madeira Wood Finish
$426.10

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 88170 + 88171) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

An independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of bourbon barrels for 20 years! This was distilled by Glen Grant back in May 1995 and set aside to mature for two…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 88170 + 88171) (Signatory)
$52.21

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$55.90

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.90%
Caperdonich

A very handsome Duncan Taylor Single bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. This was distilled in April 1992 and bottled in January 2014 at 54.9% ABV. 105…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$257.16

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The Knockando distillery started producing whisky in the Speyside region and has continued to do so ever since, becoming incredibly popular on mainland Europe and being used in some top blends. This…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve
1
$88.06

Cragganmore 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 428466) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54%
Cragganmore

An independent bottling of 22 year old Cragganmore single malt, presented as part of the brilliant Duncan Taylor Single range, which is reserved for rare, highly impressive whiskies. This Cragganmore…  More info

Cragganmore 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 428466) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$275.65

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