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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.

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is a 7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, released by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range, which come presented in handsome decanters! Wouldn't look out of place on the drinks…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%
The Glenlivet

34 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in November 1981 and set aside to age until the chaps from Signatory came along and bottled it up…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$314.91

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.2%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$786.04

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 65.5%
Glenallachie

8 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 2007, matured in a Sherry butt and bottled in March 2016 by the excellent A.D. Rattray. 657 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$52.16

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.7%
Strathmill

An independently bottled Strathmill, aged in a bourbon barrel for 24 years. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 190 bottles, presented as part of Càrn Mòr's…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$122.50

Benromach Organic

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach Organic is the first Soil Association certified Organic single malt whisky and has enjoyed maturation in new oak, though this is a well-oaked dram, there is plenty of toffee and spice.  More info

Benromach Organic
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$38.02

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old

70cl, 42.3%
Glen Elgin

A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
$784.47

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.5%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$777.94

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
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$47.15

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1990 (cask 9734) (Adelphi)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

17 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a single cask from 1990 to 2008 before being bottled by Adelphi. A very small outturn for this one - only 64 bottles were…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1990 (cask 9734) (Adelphi)
$171.10

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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The Glenlivet Alpha

70cl, 50%
The Glenlivet

Here, we have something unique. A limited release of 3,350 bottles (only 600 in the UK!) of pure mystery and intrigue. The label says "from The Glenlivet Distillery", and on release that's all…  More info

The Glenlivet Alpha
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$309.17

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.8%
Miltonduff

An intriguing bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from Miltonduff here, distilled in their Lomond stills (which weren't used for all that long). This was distilled in November 1979 and aged in a…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$292.51

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 (cask 7569) - Peated, Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl, 51%
BenRiach

If you love the combination of Sherry and peat, you'll definitely want to take a look at this - an Oloroso Sherry butt finished peated 29 year old BenRiach! This was distilled in December 1986 and…  More info

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 (cask 7569) - Peated, Oloroso Cask Finish
$249.43

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s

76cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, produced in the 1970s. You can tell it's from a while ago as the bottle calls it 'Unblended all malt Scotch Whisky', rather than single malt, as is…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s
$176.07

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

The second release of 1973 Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky from Italian indie bottler Samaroli. For fans of well-Sherried Speyside whisky.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$484.98

Glen Keith 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

A rare and complex bottling from the Connoisseur's choice range from Gordon and Macphail.  More info

Glen Keith 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 1491) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.5%
Cragganmore

A single cask bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the brilliant Adelphi chaps. It was distilled in 1986 (two years before Cragganmore became one of…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 1491) (Adelphi)
$288.22

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615

70cl, 60.3%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet continue to release tasty single malt Scotch whisky matured in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain, bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration for their fantastic Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615
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$52.05

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)
$37.70

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Craigellachie

A Distiller's Art bottling of Craigellachie single malt, matured in one Sherry butt for 15 years. It was distilled in the futuristic-sounding year 1999 - in April, we might add, the most…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$66.89

Linkwood 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 11152) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.4%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. Cask 11152 has an outturn of 253 bottles when it was emptied in October 2013, 22 years after it was filled.  More info

Linkwood 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 11152) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11072) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in Speyside in 2008 and set aside in a refill hogshead until March 2016, when said cask was cracked open…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11072) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An interesting Inchgower here, which was "filled from a wine-finished hogshead"! It was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 8 years old in 2016 by the chaps at Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.89

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

This is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Glen Elgin single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. The barrels were filled in November 1990 and cracked open in October 2016, producing 295…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$100.78

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