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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 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.5%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.74

Benromach 1974

70cl, 49.1%
Benromach

Unveiled in mid-2016, this is a very special and well-aged single malt from the Benromach distillery, which was placed into cask #1583 (a Sherry butt) in 1974! It comes presented in a stylish…  More info

Benromach 1974
$1,244.11

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48%
Glenallachie

Indie Glenallachie! This WM Cadenhead bottling of 22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in 1992 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2015, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$76.39

Aberlour - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.1%
Aberlour

This is the second batch of deliciously sherried single malt from the Aberlour distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Expect a rich, dark, spicy whisky with oodles of complexity…  More info

Aberlour - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.6%
Glen Spey

23 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single hogshead cask which housed the whisky for over two decades. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Aberlour - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.6%
Aberlour

Aberlour was once known as Aberlour-Glenlivet - back when Speyside distilleries tried to cash in on the cachet of the Glenlivet Distillery following legal action which prevented them calling…  More info

Aberlour - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Glen Keith - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.2%
Glen Keith

The first batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, is here! But who's this on the label? Why, it's those chaps from that there…  More info

Glen Keith - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Knockando 12 Year Old 2003

70cl, 43%
Knockando

12 year old single malt from Speyside's Knockando distillery, matured in bourbon casks which were filled in 2003. A vanilla-forward and fruit expression, with plenty of malt notes to back it up.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2003
$36.74

Macduff - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.6%
Macduff

The second batch of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company yet again sees a scene not seen in one of Shakespeare's most famous plays on its label.…  More info

Macduff - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$93.26

Glenallachie 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 5265) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

A 20 year old Glenallachie single malt, aged in a single cask from October 1996 to November 2016. Another tasty indie bottling from the fine folks at Signatory.  More info

Glenallachie 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 5265) (Signatory)
$37.30

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.1%
Glenlossie

A Signatory bottling of Glenlossie, aged in a single cask for 21 years. This was distilled back in November 1992, and matured in hogshead #3445 until February 2014, when it was bottled for the Cask…  More info

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$89.74

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2002 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.4%
Glenrothes

Independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, distilled in 2002 and matured for 14 years until 2016, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead. 516 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2002 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$61.60

Tomintoul 30 Year Old 1985 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48.7%
Tomintoul

A 30 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. This was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of 246 bottles.  More info

Tomintoul 30 Year Old 1985 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$158.18

Glen Moray 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the wonderful Glen Moray distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old
10
$40.78

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2458) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.2%
Glenfarclas

Part of the Spring 2015 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1969 vintage single malt Scotch whisky that has been matured in a single refill butt cask until December 2014. It was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2458) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3,557.57

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

Very well Sherried single malt from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery, aged for 19 years in a single Sherry butt. It was independently bottled by Yorkshire-based bottler Claxton's, with an outturn of…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's
$96.32

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)
$99.69

The Macallan 10 Year Old (Old Label)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A very old, rare edition of the wonderful Macallan 10 Fine Oak - a classic Speyside whisky with a gracefully charming character. A true collector's piece for sure! Please note there is some wear…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old (Old Label)
1
$228.08

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1529) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.3%
Strathmill

Signatory's Cask Strength Collection presents top-notch single malts and single grains at full-on strength - this one is a 25 year old single malt from the Strathmill distillery, matured in a single…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1529) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$98.55

Loch Dhu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Mannochmore

Look at how dark this whisky is! That's why it was named "The Black Whisky". Loch Dhu is actually Gaelic for "Black Lake", this was distilled at Mannochmore and has gained a cult status, quite a…  More info

Loch Dhu 10 Year Old
11
$207.29

Macallan 30 Year Old 1986 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

Exquisite Macallan single malt, distilled on 23rd June 1986 and aged for over 30 years in a single refill Sherry hogshead prior to bottling on 6th July 2016. A rich and stunning example of just how…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1986 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$862.53

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independently bottled single malt from the Longmorn distillery, aged in a single cask for 21 years! It was back in 1993 when this whisky was distilled and set aside in cask #0854 to mature. In…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.69

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old
22
$137.88

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 1411) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1980 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Spring 2015 release of the very popular Family Cask series. It was set aside to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 1411) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$431.97

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