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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.

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10778) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dailuaine

An 18 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon barrel from April 1997 to May 2015. It was bottled at 48.4% ABV by the wonderful chaps at Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10778) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$81.28

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.10%
Tomintoul

Wow - a 48 year old Tomintoul single malt here from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold independent bottling range! It was distilled in 1967 (only two years after the distillery was founded) and bottled in…  More info

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$372.50

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 56.80%
Glentauchers

Bottled at cask strength, as the name of this Gordon & MacPhail range indicates, this Glentauchers was distilled in October 1998 and spent over 17 years in a refill Sherry cask.  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)
$79.71

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Independent bottled single malt from the closed Imperial distillery, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled in September 1995 (a few years before Imperial closed its door for the last time) and…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$65.84

Glenfiddich Bonnie Prince Charlie Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Thought to date from the 1980s, this is one of three in a set of Scotland's Royal Heritage ceramic decanters from Glenfiddich. Some versions of this particular one are labelled "Charles Edward…  More info

Glenfiddich Bonnie Prince Charlie Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s
$198.41

Cragganmore 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 6299) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.70%
Cragganmore

15 year old Cragganmore single malt, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. It was distilled in October 1999 (likely when everyone was making preparations for their Millennium party) and…  More info

Cragganmore 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 6299) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$104.74

Tamdhu 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.10%
Tamdhu

This 2005 vintage Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky was bottled in 2014 for La Mainson du Whisky's The Ten selection. A first fill Oloroso Sherry cask-matured whisky from Tamdhu, bottled at 45.1% ABV…  More info

Tamdhu 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$60.55

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The 2001 vintage Cragganmore Distillers Edition, which was finished in Port wood casks for an intriguing depth of flavour. A top expression from the Classic Malts range and the Cragganmore distillery…  More info

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
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$61.32

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Give the gift of Benromach with this rather excellent set, featuring a 70cl bottle of their ace 10 Year Old expression (matured mostly in bourbon casks with some Sherry casks, and finished in Sherry…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$47.79

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Superlative Speysider from Macallan, this astonishing 25 year old is one of the most revered whiskies in the world. It received a perfect 100 out of 100 score from the Beverage Testing Institute in…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak
25
$822.23

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt from Signatory matured in two consecutive hogshead casks. Distilled on 27th September and bottled on 26th November 2015.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)
$42.42

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A delicious 18 year old Speyside malt from the Dufftown distillery, the Singleton exudes oodles of creamy, malty flavour, and it's the oldest official Dufftown we've ever tried…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old
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$59.89

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10793) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Glen Keith

This is an Old Particular bottling of 21 year odl Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from September 1993 to May 2015. During that time, the distillery had been…  More info

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10793) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$92.58

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 49.10%
The Macallan

19 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Cask Collection range by A. D. Rattray. This one has been matured in a bourbon cask from October 1995 to September 2015, and was then…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$204.71

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2014 at 43% ABV. It comes presented in a bottle with a delightfully retro label - very neat!  More info

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$67.58

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A rare 50cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt single malt Scotch whisky! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 50cl - 1980s
$85.98

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.50%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this is a 1999 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was left to mature in cask #6321, a Sherry butt. This Sherry butt was opened in July 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$232.52

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Red Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

The fifth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography features the work of Mario Testino, the esteemed fashion photographer. For the series, he's created four different prints of an elegant party,…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Red Print)
$2198.99

Glen Moray 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 708671) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 45.70%
Glen Moray

This is a Duncan Taylor Single bottling of 26 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Sherry oak cask. It was distilled back in February 1988 and bottled in January 2015 by Duncan…  More info

Glen Moray 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 708671) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$205.87

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 75cl - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich distillery in the Speyside region is one of the most well-known and well-respected Scotch whisky distilleries around the world. This rare bottle of their Glenfiddich Pure Malt from…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 75cl - 1970s
$198.41

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

Bottled for Signatory's does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Un-Chillfiltered Collection, this is a 19 year old Glen Elgin matured in a single hogshead from October 1995 to April 2015.  More info

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.43

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another corker from Wemyss. Distilled in 1988 and aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. Ginger spice abounds. Can't help but think they've got the flavour descriptor bob on here. 660 bottles…  More info

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$126.23

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 47%
Glenfarclas

The 1984 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the fabulous Glenfarclas Family Cask range. It was matured in plain hogshead #6032 until March 2014. 211 bottled were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$1868.31

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Green Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

For the fifth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography series, renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino has produced four fantastic prints, each slightly different and each with a focus on a…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Green Print)
$2198.99

Tormore 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tormore

The Tormore 14 Year Old was introduced to the distillery's core range in early 2014 (alongside a 16 Year Old bottling too). Don't often hear much from Tormore, but they do put out some wonderful…  More info

Tormore 14 Year Old
$53.95

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