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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.

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

70cl, 50.60%
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 Finsih
$180.64

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53.70%
Miltonduff

A rather deluxe single cask bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. Drawn from a single Sherry oak cask, which was filled in November…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$281.02

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

25 year old Mortlach aged in a Sherry butt here - sounds mighty delicious, doesn't it? This was distilled in August 1990 and bottled in August 2016 after a quarter of a century in the aforementioned…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$207.60

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 51.80%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, matured in a single hogshead (cask 142608), this release is named after the hill above the distillery where the local gallows were located.  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition
$256.76

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Folio 1 was only available from the distillery and limited to 2,000 bottles. It celebrates the distillery's 1980s (and early '90s) advertisements with a book and USB stick all presented in a…  More info

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1
$629.51

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

A rather interesting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was distilled in 1986, which was the same year that the distillery closed for the third time during…  More info

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$359.03

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

70cl, 50%
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)
$90.40

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

Well-known fashion photographer Mario Testino is Macallan's fifth Master of Photography (previous Masters of Photography include Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson). For his…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)
$2184.11

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A recent release edition from Glenfiddich, this was aged for 14 years before a finish in new American and Spanish oak casks. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish…  More info

Glenfiddich Rich Oak
49
$35.79

Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A great 10 year old from Balvenie. Founder's Reserve is Whisky Magazine Recommended, Michael Jackson suggests this might be the most "honeyish of Speyside malts". This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 Year Old
13

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)
$639.17

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old - Rare Oak

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich 25 Year Old Rare Oak was originally released for the Travel Retail market. It's drawn from a mixture of Spanish Sherry butts and American bourbon barrels, resulting in a rich, complex…  More info

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old - Rare Oak
5
$366.30

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

In honour of 125 years of whisky production, Glenfiddich released this limited edition single malt Scotch whisky in 2012. For this expression, the chaps at Glenfiddich have used a combination of…  More info

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
5
$163.89

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1964 (bottled 1989)

75cl, 43%
Aberlour

A rare old 75cl bottling of 25 year old Speyside single malt from Aberlour distillery, bottled back in 1989. It comes complete with a wooden presentation box and key. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1964 (bottled 1989)
$1040.06

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.70%
Aberlour

Ooh, an indie Aberlour! Don't see many of these, do you? This was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range, drawn from a single Sherry butt which matured the whisky from November…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$194.66

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
52
$34.70

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.60%
The Glenlivet

Another official single cask bottling from The Glenlivet named after one of the farms in the Livet valley, Ladderfoot spent its 16 year maturation period in a Sherry butt (cask 120960).  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition
$202.41

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 2

70cl, 50.60%
Balvenie

The stunning second batch of Balvenie's Tun 1401, named after the favourite marrying tun of Balvenie's malt master, David Stewart. This is made using sherry and bourbon wood aged whiskies from the…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 2
1

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
$656.82

Aultmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An 18 year old Aultmore launched in 2015 as part of John Dewar & Sons' Last Great Malts ranges.  More info

Aultmore 18 Year Old
1
$113.38

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.40%
Glen Grant

Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon hogshead for 25 years! Top stuff from the renowned distillery in Speyside, which has been bottled as part of the Highland Laird range by…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$131.38

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Wedgwood Decanter

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 21 year old from Glenfiddich, released to celebrate a century of distillations at the distillery, presented in a Wedgwood decanter. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Wedgwood Decanter
12
$519.97

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

From the rather excellent Speymalt series from Gordon & MacPhail comes a 1974 vintage Macallan single malt malt, which was bottled in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$569.29

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 47.70%
The Glenlivet

Independently bottled 33 year old Glenlivet here - oh yes, this'll be tasty stuff! It was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2010 by Murray McDavid as part of their Mission Gold range, and it certainly…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$345.78

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.20%
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)
$311.88

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