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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.

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)

70cl, 46%
Strathisla

A cheeky little single cask Strathisla from Malt of The Earth - one of their first bottlings. Distilled in 2005, 418 bottles were produced at 46% in 2014 after 9 years in a refill hogshead. It will…  More info

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)
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$57.10

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.7%
Glenfarclas

A 1961 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry hogshead until November 2014. This has been presented as part of their Family Cask Spring 2015 Release, with only 166…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1,849.62

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015

70cl, 60.3%
The Glenlivet

Another Nàdurra! These releases from the Glenlivet distillery, bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, are rather excellent indeed. This particularly batch was drawn from first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015
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$42.04

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.8%
Glenrothes

A Signatory bottling of 25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 1990 and cracked open in August 2016. It was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$92.83

Inchgower 2005 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

Independently bottled Inchgower single malt, which was distilled by the Speyside-based distillery in 2005 and bottled by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of the long-running…  More info

Inchgower 2005 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.23

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%
Glenrothes

A single cask bottling of Glenrothes single malt, which was aged for a quarter of a century! This was distilled in March 1991 and set aside to mature for 25 years until August 2016, when Gleann Mór…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$129.43

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.5%
Glen Spey

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$68.83

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Craigellachie

A single cask Craigellachie single malt packed with rich spice notes, presented by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This 15 year old Craigellachie was distilled in April 1999, left to…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$58.86

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)
$63.71

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43%
Knockando

An age statement single malt from Knockando that also carries a vintage, as they like to do. This is the 1995 vintage of their 'Slow Matured' 18 year old, matured in Sherry casks.  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured
$63.66

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4

50cl, 57.4%
The Macallan

Matured in a single Sherry butt in warehouse no. 16, this Macallan single malt was distilled on 27th December 1990 and disgorged on 21st January 2003. It was filled into bottles at cask strength the…  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4
$779.42

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.5%
Linkwood

A Speyside distillery with a top reputation among blenders, but with very few official bottlings of single malt (essentially only a Flora & Fauna 12 year old). This means that fans must rely on…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition

70cl, 42.8%
The Macallan

Released for the travel retail market, The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition was crafted by Bob Dalgarno, Macallan's distillery manager, using whisky drawn from a combination of Sherry and bourbon…  More info

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition
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$84.13

Caperdonich - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.7%
Caperdonich

This is Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caperdonich, bottled at 45.7% abv with a cult graphic-novel-style label featuring the legendary pipe that supposedly ran between Caperdonich and…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52%
The Macallan

Oh boy, it's not just an Old Particular, it's an Extra or 'Xtra' Old Particular! An XOP, if you will, from independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Distilled in August 1990 then matured for over 25 years…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.4%
Mortlach

Muscular Mortlach matured in a first fill bourbon cask! The outturn was 292 bottles at 50.4% abv, a common bottling strength for Murray McDavid's Mission Gold range.  More info

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$182.85

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill barrel from June 2008 and bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2016.  More info

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenfarclas 19 Year Old 1986 (cask 2919) - The Family Reserve

70cl, 49%
Glenfarclas

A rare and collectible bottling of Glenfarclas single malt here - exciting stuff! This was distilled in September 1986, aged in a single Sherry cask and bottled 19 years later in April 2006. 760…  More info

Glenfarclas 19 Year Old 1986 (cask 2919) - The Family Reserve
$311.72

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

This is a 19 year old Glenallachie single malt, drawn from two casks that were filled in October 1996 and cracked open in February 2016. It was bottled by the fine folks at Signatory, a fantastic…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)
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Longmorn 22 Year Old 1992 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 56.2%
Longmorn

This is a single cask bottling of 22 year old Longmorn single malt, independently bottled by The Whisky Lounge for their Cask Series Five range. This was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014 - 400…  More info

Longmorn 22 Year Old 1992 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$30.37

The Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A rare bottling of 10 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, selected by former Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin, along with a number of his colleagues. This bottle was part…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s
$301.32

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.8%
Imperial

20 year old single malt from the Imperial distillery, which was laid down in two hogshead casks in September 1995 and drawn from said casks in June 2016. It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$84.40

Tormore 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 100152) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 51.5%
Tormore

This Tormore was distilled in 1992 and bottled 20 years later in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info

Tormore 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 100152) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$83.68

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6495 & 6496) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A 21 year old Glenburgie single malt, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in June 1995 and cracked open in November 2016. This was independently bottled by the wonderful folks over…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6495 & 6496) - Signatory
$50.04

Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s (Signed)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A bottle of 10 year old Macallan, which was specially selected by former Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin along with a few of his colleagues. In fact, this rare bottle (as well as the…  More info

Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s (Signed)
$311.72

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